The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise Named Finalist in Midwest Book Award


The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise, cover imageDr. Jim Bowyer’s recent book, The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise, has been named a finalist in the Midwest Book Award competition, business category. Winners will be announced on May 12, 2017, at a ceremony in Saint Paul.


Bowyer’s book examines global raw material trends and environmental policies that have effectively created barriers to domestic raw material extraction, and led to massive importation of basic materials. Pointing out that such policies simply result in a transfer, rather than reduction, of environmental impacts, Bowyer questions the ethics and sustainability of current environmentally-oriented public policy in the United States.


The book also examines global trends – including explosive global economic expansion and resource consumption, ongoing population growth, and rising environmental impacts of raw material procurement. Noting that rapidly rising raw material consumption in developing nations dramatically changes the century-long dominance of the economic elite in global raw material markets, Bowyer suggests that changes are needed on the part of the U.S. and other affluent nations in order to avoid economic disruption and resource conflicts.


The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise is available from Itasca Books (, and will be the focus of a half-day, non-credit University of Minnesota Learning Life seminar: Constant Craving: The Politics of Privileged Consumption  on July 19. (