Chapter 4

These three interconnected subsets of man made systems are based on our behavior as a species and are meant to enable us to live in balance and solve the problems of our societies.  Realistically, though, our inherent qualities of short-term self-interested behavior result in skewing material goods, power, etc. to an unequal and unfair society of the haves vs. the have-nots rather than solving long-term problems and being good stewards of the planet.  The chapter discusses the problems with growth-based systems and the faulty values that our economic system assigns to products and services due to lack of incorporation of long-term factors.  The economic system leads to massive inequalities which result in political oligarchy and inefficient governance.