What's the Economy for, Anyway? Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness

ISBN-10: 1608195155

ISBN-13: 9781608195152

Edition: 2013

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In this funny, readable, and thought-provoking book, activists John de Graaf (coauthor of the bestsellingAffluenza) and David Batker tackle thirteen economic issues, challenging the reader to consider the goal of our economy. Emphasizing powerful American ideals, including teamwork, pragmatism, and equality, de Graaf and Batker set forth a simple goal for any economic system: the greatest good for the greatest number over the longest run. Drawing from history and current enterprises, they show how the good life is achieved when people and markets work together with an active government to create a more perfect economy—one that works for everyone.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 10/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

John de Graafis the national coordinator of Take Back Your Time, an organization challenging time poverty and overwork in the U.S. and Canada (see www.timeday.org) and a frequent speaker on issues of overwork and over-consumption in America. John is the co-author of the best-sellingAffluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. David Batker is a fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. He is the director of Earth Economics, a firm which provides ecologically-oriented economic analysis.

Foreword to the Paperback Edition
Foreword
Introduction
The Grossest Domestic Product
The Pursuit of Happiness
Provisioning the Good Life
Unhealthy at any Cost
Risky Business
The Time Squeeze
The Greatest Number
The Capacity Question
The Longest Run: Sustainability
Ancient History
When (or How) Good Went Bad
The Housing, Banking, Finance, Debt, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Unemployment, Currency ... Hell-of-a-Mess Crisis
Building a Twenty-first-Century Economy of Life, Liberty, and Happiness
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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