By Clive Hamilton
'Right on the right track and badly needed.' Noam Chomsky 'Breaks new flooring by way of asking us to imagine what a post-growth, environmentally reliable society may well really be like. . . . essentially, stylishly written.' Hugh Stretton 'An incisive critique of ways the worldwide fiscal and political structures have became us into the depressing wealthy. no matter what you decide to do and at any place you pass, you are going to reap the benefits of holding as replica of development Fetish tucked up your sleeve.' Sydney Morning bring in 'This is a strong assertion concerning the failure of the rat-race society and the necessity for a brand new philosophy of sociable living.' Professor Richard Layard, London tuition of Economics for many years our political leaders and opinion makers have touted better earning because the approach to a greater destiny. monetary development skill greater lives for us all. yet after a long time of sustained fiscal development and elevated own earning we needs to confront an lousy truth: we're not any happier. this is often the nice contradiction of contemporary politics. during this provocative new ebook, Clive Hamilton argues that, faraway from being the reply to our difficulties, progress fetishism and the selling society lie on the middle of our social ills. they've got corrupted our social priorities and political buildings, and feature created a profound experience of alienation between old and young. development Fetish is the 1st critical test at a politics of swap for wealthy international locations ruled by means of diseases of affluence, the place the genuine craving isn't for extra money yet for genuine id, and the place the long run lies in making a society that promotes the issues that truly do enhance our future health.
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