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'The Price of Civilization'

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World renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs knows what’s causing America’s economic woes — political lobbyists have too much power in Washington, economic stimulus plans and tax-cutting measures aren’t working, our infrastructure is crumbling and the cost of an education coupled with ever increasing holes in the social safety net is creating a “poverty trap” for low-income Americans.

In his new book "The Price of Civilization," Sachs offers some solutions including a return to “civic virtues,” an acceptance of taxation and the adoption of new measures of economic well-being. Even if Sachs has all answers to create a utopia society, could any of them be implemented in this highly polarized political environment?


Jeffrey Sachs, director at the Earth Institute; professor of Sustainable Development and Health Policy and Management at Columbia University