Saying the R-word out loud


In Any Way You Slice It, Stan Cox - the author of Losing Our Cool, the controversial and widely acclaimed examination of air-conditioning’s many impacts - turns his attention to the politically explosive topic of how we share our planet’s resources.
From The New Press

An iconoclast of the best kind, Stan Cox has an all-too-rare commitment to following arguments wherever they lead, however politically dangerous that turns out to be. In this richly informative and deeply courageous book, he tackles one of the greatest taboos of our high-consumer culture: the need to consume less and to fairly share what’s left.”

Naomi Klein


a "lucid and lively book"

Mother Jones




The Any Way You Slice It
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“Today, rationing is about as acceptable a topic of conversation as hemorrhoids. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. From death panels to water wars, Any Way You Slice It explains with wit and sophistication how rationing happens. More important, Cox gives us the tools to talk about rationing sensibly. And if we heed him, those conversations will not only be better informed, but might even lead to a better democracy.”

Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing


"Powerful social history recommended for business and social sciences libraries alike"
California Bookwatch

Cox's presentation to the Prairie Festival, The Land Institute, Sept. 28, 2013

Cox at the Mother Earth News blog


Find more articles, 2008-13

at Mother Earth News, Al Jazeera, CounterPunch, AlterNet, and elsewhere


“Time is running out for incremental, piecemeal solutions to looming global threats. In Any Way You Slice It, Stan Cox offers a way out through a kind of ethical and rational triage. He maps out a plan to ration the Earth’s shrinking resources in a way that is socially just and ecologically sane. This brave book is not for the timid or those frozen by political taboos, but it is a must-read for those who want to forge real change before the ecological doomsday clock strikes midnight.”

— Jeffrey St. Clair, editor of CounterPunch and author of Born Under a Bad Sky


“A cool and cogent analysis of a taboo subject . . . a brilliant opening of a global dialogue on who gets what, when, why, and how.”

— David W. Orr, Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College



Rationing slideshow (pdf)