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The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth

  title={The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth},
  author={Kenneth E. Boulding},
We are now in the middle of a long process of transition in the nature of the image which man has of himself and his environment. Primitive men, and to a large extent also men of the early civilizations, imagined themselves to be living on a virtually illimitable plane. There was almost always somewhere beyond the known limits of human habitation, and over a very large part of the time that man has been on earth, there has been something like a frontier. That is, there was always some place… 
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