The Myth of Development: Non-Viable Economies and the Crisis of Civilization, Second Edition by Oswaldo De Rivero

The Myth of Development: Non-Viable Economies and the Crisis of Civilization, Second Edition by Oswaldo De Rivero
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The Myth of Development: Non-Viable Economies and the Crisis of Civilization, Second Edition by Oswaldo De Rivero





Release date: September 14, 2010



The message of this courageous classic book is that the benefits of development, so long promised over the past sixty years, have not come about for most people. Nor are they going to. State-driven and market-led development models have both failed. Many countries, and their cities in particular, are collapsing into ungovernable chaotic entities under the control of warlords and mafias. Oswaldo de Rivero argues that the "wealth of nations" agenda must be replaced by a "survival of nations" agenda. In order to prevent increasing human misery and political disorder, many countries must abandon dreams of development and adopt instead a policy of national survival based on providing basic water, food and energy, and stabilizing their populations. This much-anticipated new edition not only features updated figures and statistics, but also original new writing on the most essential new issues for the development myth, including emerging economies, the global economic crises, environmental issues and particularly, climate change.

Review Praise for the first edition: "This book is essential reading -because of the originality of its point of view, the timeliness of its analysis and the startling propositions which it puts forward... Bristling with new ideas, the author provides us with an intelligent way into understanding better the world's present disorders" -- Le Monde Diplomatique "This is an original and thought-provoking book for the new Millennium, which rejects one of the most widely-held beliefs of the Twentieth Century that development is an inevitable process for Nation States...Highly readable, The Development Myth is a useful tool for understanding the enormous problems for survival that will have to be faced by the poverty-stricken, exploding urban populations of the wrongly called ?developing countries?" -- Javier Perez de Cuellar (United Nations Secretary-General 1982 - 1991) "This provocative and well-written book may stimulate discussion and promote sound survival and development policies" -- Choice About the Author Oswaldo de Rivero is a Diplomat, Ambassador (retired) with the Foreign Service of Peru. He has written numerous essays and articles in Le Monde Diplomatique, The UNESCO Courier, as well as the written press in Geneva and Latin America.