All-Consuming Passion:

Waking Up From the American Dream

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All Consuming Passion - References


1 Paul L. Wachtel, "The Case Against Growth," New Age Journal, November/December 1988, p. 23.

2 Alan Durning, "Asking How Much Is Enough," in Lester R. Brown et al, State of the World 1991 (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1991), p. 156.

3 Alan L. Ott en, "Young Adults Now Are More Pessimistic," Wall Street Journal, September 27, 1993.

4 John Cunniff, "Would You Believe These Are the Good Old Days?", Seattle Times, September 19, 1993.

5 "Social Problems on Rise, U.S.'Health Check' Shows," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 14, 1992.

6 Barbara Benham, "Why Have We Lost Confidence?", Investor's Business Daily, June 12, 1992.

7 Alan Thein Durning, How Much Is Enough? The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc. , 1992), p. 23.

8 Durning, see note #2, p. 154.

9 Durning, see note #7, p. 84.

10 "Eight Cultural Indicators," Wall Street Journal, March 15, 1993.

11 William R. Mattox, Jr., "The Parent Trap," Policy Review, no. 55, Winter, 1991, p. 6.

12 Juliet Schor, The Overworked American (New York: Basic Books, 1991), p. 29.

13 Laurence Shames, The Hunger for More (New York: Times Books, 1989), p. 43.

14 Alan Thein Durning, "Redesigning the Forest Economy," in Lester R. Brown et al., State of the World 1994 (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1994), p. 36.

15 "Harper's Index," Harper's Magazine, March 1992, p. 13.

16 Durning, see note #14.

17 Alan Durning, Saving the Forest: What Will It Take?, Worldwatch Paper #117 (Worldwatch Institute, 1993), p. 33.

18 Durning, see note #2, p. 164.

19 Durning, see note #7, p. 128.

20 Michael F. Jacobson, "Commercialism in America," address at a meeting of the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, June 16, 1992.

21 Shames, see note #13, p. 147.

22 Durning, see note #2, p. 163.

23 Betsy Morris, "Big Spenders: As a Favored Pastime, Shopping Ranks High with Most Americans," Wall Street Journal, July 30, 1987.

24 Ibid.

25 Ibid.

26 Lena Williams, "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Enough!", New York Times , February 14, 1990.

27 Jeremy Rifkin, Ed., The Green Lifestyle Handbook (New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1990), p. 54.

28 Sandy Bauers, "Study: Save Earth; Have Fewer Children," Philadelphia Inquirer, January 17, 1990.

29 Morris, see note #23.

30 John Travis, Global Wellness Inventory (Mill Valley, CA: Wellness Associates, 1990), p. 6.

31 Rifkin, see note #27, p. 11.

32 "Harper's Index," Harper's Magazine, October 1988, p. 15.

33 Jonathan Freedman, Happy People (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich , 1978), p.167.

34 Ibid., p. 166.

35 Julia Lawlor, "Workers Want to Get a Life," USA Today, September 3, 1993.

36 Joni durn, "Women and Work," Seattle Times, April 25, 1991 (data from Monitor survey by Yankelovich Clancy Shulman).

37 Janice Castro, "The Simple Life," Time, April 8, 1991, p. 58.

38 Denis Hayes, "Eco-nomic Power," Seattle Weekly, November 10, 1993, p. 15.

39 Bauers, see note #28.

40 Dianne Dumanoski, "The People Problem," The Boston Globe, February 5, 1990, citing Paul Ehrlich.

41 Peter A. A. Berle, "Beyond Rio: The Real Challenge," Audubon, September-October 1992, p. 6.

42 Durning, see note #2, p. 158.

43 Rifkin, see note #27, p. 33.

44 Durning, see note #7, pp. 27-8.

45 Durning, see note #2, p. 153.

46 Ibid., p. 157.

47 Durning,see note #7, p. 38.

48 The 1993 Information Please Environmental Almanac, compiled by World Resources Institute (Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1993), p. 159.

49 The World Resources Institute, World Resources 1992-1993 (New York: Oxford Univ ersity Press, 1992), pp.320-21.

50 Sandra Postel, "Increasing Water Efficiency," Lester R. Brown et al, State of the World 1986 (New York: W.W. Norton, 1986), p. 59.

51 Durning, see note #7, p. 148.

52 David Pimentel, panelist, "United States Carrying Capacity Overview," Carrying Capacity Network conference, Washington, D.C., 1993.

53 Ibid.

54 Durning, see note #2, p. 160.

55 Pimentel, see note #52.

56 Gerald O. Barney, Global 2000 Revisited (Arlington, VA, Millenium Institute, 1993), p. 31.

57 "Merrill Lynch Top Executives Address National Press: The Retirement Savings Crisis," CMA Insights (a Merrill Lynch bulletin), July 1992.

58 Charles Wolf, Jr., "Our Problem Isn't So Much Borrowing," Wall Street Journal, September 28, 1984.

59 Fred R. B leakley, "The Outlook: Taxes Will Go Higher; So Will Spending Fall?", Wall Street Journal, December 6, 1993.

60 "Record Number Going Broke," Seattle Times, September 5, 1991.

61 Stephen H. Dunphy, "Economic Memo: A Primer on Debt," Seattle Times, March 29, 1992.

62 David Wallechinsky & Irving Wallace, The People's Almanac (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., 1975), p. 341.

63 Dana Milbank, "Hooked on Plastic: Middle-Class Family Takes a Harsh Cure for Credit-Card Abuse," Wall Street Journal, January 8 , 1991.

64 Mary Granfield, "Having It All in America Today," Money, October 1991, p.124.

65 John H. Cushman, Jr., "Bankrupt Individuals Are Fewer," New York Times, June 28, 1993.

66 Rose Gutfeld, "Shades of Green: Eight of 10 Americans Are Environmentalists, At Least So They Say," Wall Street Journal, August 2, 1991.

67 Rifkin, see note #27, p. 13.

68 "Facts Out of Context" (citing Roper Center for Public Research), In Context, No. 26, Summer 1990, p. 5.

69 William M. Alexander, Earth Efficiency: I s Community a Key? (Food First Institute and Earthwatch Expeditions, 1993), p 13. (Data from Population Reference Bureau, 1993 World Population Data Sheet, and Government of Kerala, Economic Review 1992.)

70 Pimentel, see note #52.

71 "Sustainability: T he Global Challenge," ZPG Backgrounder (Washington, D.C.: Zero Population Growth).

72 Durning, see note #2, p. 157.

73 Carol Hymowitz, "Trading Fat Paychecks for Free Time," Wall Street Journal, August 5, 1991. (Figures based on research by John Robinson, director of the Americans' Use of Time Project at the University of Maryland.)

74 Lawlor, see note #35.

75 "More U.S. Students Pass Up the Buck," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 28, 1991.

76 "Shoppers Are a Dwindling Species," Business Week, November 26, 1990.

77 Carol Smith, "More Seek Meaning in a Simpler Life," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 25, 1994.

78 T George Harris and Daniel Yankelovich, "What Good Are the Rich?", Psychology Today, April 1989, p. 38.

79 Ramon C. McLeod, "Baby Boomers Seek 'Meaning'," San Francisco Chronicle, February 13, 1989.


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