What can The Lorax teach us about sustainable capitalism and the role of the state?

‘I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues’.

‘UNLESS someone like you Cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’

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Cate McLaurin

Cate McLaurin


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