On My Country and the World

Written by Mikhail Gorbachev

I should note that it seems unrealistic and against their interests for developing countries to orient themselves toward the creation of a consumer society. This would hardly produce solid results but would o­nly worsen the problems existing in the world, primarily the environmental crisis. It seems to me that the optimal goal is to make a transition to postindustrial conditions emphasizing people's cultural and spiritual needs, as well as their health.

Excerpts: pp.246-247
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