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The global economic crisis may not be resolvable by governments or industry—no matter the tools they use. The challenges are so immense, and so compound, that neither any single government nor coalition of governments can rekindle and sustain an economy
for global consumers. This thesis explores why the powers and tools of government can only be reactive to the crisis, rather than proactive—and thus, will inevitably fail. Our affluent society in the 21st Century is built upon the foundations of three types
of economies: natural resources, manufacturing, and services (72 percent of the world’s output is now in services). It is in this consumer-centric services paradigm which we now stagnate. We stagnate because we do not evolve. But we also stagnate because nearly
all of the economic doctrines by which we abide are simply misunderstood and outdated. Our failure to evolve is the true reason we are now in crisis. Bank bail-outs, austerity measures, and increased government spending—these are merely tools that are being
arbitrarily thrown at the symptoms of a crisis. These tools can never fix the underlying flaws of consumerism. Indeed, they may even be doing harm. This thesis proffers a set of solutions: 1.The evolution of the global economy beyond its present services-based
paradigm, and into a fourth horizon of human exploration. 2.The establishment of radical tools and processes for economic transactions which facilitate global human interdependence. 3.Enable the masses of the world to finally undertake their ‘natural responsibilities’
as well as their ‘natural rights’. Evolving beyond any post-consumerism paradigm will require the best and most honorable capacities from all of humanity. But equally, it will reveal an unfathomable wealth naturally residing within us all, and beyond any boundary
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