Do you have enough? If you are like most people in the industrialized world, you don’t think you do. This isn’t your fault. Capitalism makes you feel that way by bombarding you with constant messages telling you that what you have is insufficient. No matter how much you work, you will never accumulate enough to be satisfied. While you are working and buying more, life passes you by. According to economic historian Robert Skidelsky and his philosopher son, Edward, society should offer a better alternative. They present an unconventional – some would say utopian, at best, and totalitarian, at worst – path to “the good life.” getAbstract recommends their intelligent, impassioned, provocative treatise to those who wonder if materialism is necessary to the good life.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why delivering “the good life” should be government’s primary goal and
- How governments can fulfill that objective.
About the Authors
Robert Skidelsky, professor emeritus of political economy at the University of Warwick, is an award-winning biographer of economist John Maynard Keynes. Edward Skidelsky is a lecturer in aesthetics and moral philosophy at Exeter University.
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5 years agoMarxist non-sense
5 years agoGovernment job is creating the proper environment to make it easy for the individuals and companies to develop themselves
6 years agoSo delivering the good life is the GOVERNMENTS job ... Certainly NOT in the USA, read the Constitution, and it is obvious. typical Keynesian economist, and look where that has gotten us
6 years agoA true communist manifesto. The author advocates government control over individual liberties, the pursuit of happiness, and individual responsibility. Notions of limiting income, guaranteeing income for everyone - for nothing in return - sure sounds like Marxism. There is a moral responsibility that comes with the creation of wealth that drives "giving back". But the premise of this book implies that wealth accumulation drives greed and selfishness and that individuals can't be trusted to do the right thing - so it is the governments role to cap and seize earned wealth in order to give it to those who don't do anything. I wonder if Bill Gates and the many others who give away billions of their wealth VOLUNTARILY sees it that way?
6 years agoSome very good points made - salute to the authors for that and yet some points you wouldn't agree with - for e.g. 'negative income tax' and minimum guaranteed income.
The book, though is on political economy, the key points of giving, sharing, contentment and such, have roots in spirituality.
Give this book free to all Politicians please!