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Money and the Good Life

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How Much Is Enough? book summary
Can society help people lead the good life by equalizing income?

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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.

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  • Why delivering “the good life” should be government’s primary goal
  • How governments can fulfill that objective
 

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No One Has Enough
People in developed nations have an insatiable appetite for material gain. Enough is never enough. This degree of turbocharged acquisition is a function of capitalism, a double-edged sword that has “made possible vast improvements in material conditions” but at the cost...
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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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    STEVEN FARKAS 3 years ago
    Marxist non-sense
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    Rob Lauber 4 years ago
    A 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?
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    Harshad Sonar 4 years ago
    Some 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!

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