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In this funny, readable, and thought-provoking book based on the popular film of the same name, activists John de Graaf (coauthor of the bestselling Affluenza) and David Batker tackle thirteen economic issues, challenging the reader to consider the point 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, we see 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.

Beginning by shattering our fetish for GDP, What's the Economy For, Anyway? offers a fresh perspective on quality of life, health, security, work-life balance, leisure, social justice, and perhaps most important, sustainability. This sparkling, message-driven book is exactly what those lost in the doldrums of partisan sniping and a sluggish economy need: a guide to what really matters, and a map to using America's resources to make the world a better place.

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"Following their documentary of the same name, De Graaf (coauthor of Affluenza) and Batker, director of Earth Economics, a firm that provides ecological economic analysis, pose a provocative question: what is the economy for if not to maximize the well-being of the citizenry? Seen in this light, GDP becomes a woefully inadequate tool for assessing economic health. Using the claim of Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the Forest Service, that we should strive for 'the greatest good for the greatest number over the longest run,' the authors argue that not only are we not on the right track, we're hardly in the race. De Graaf and Batker draw upon various indices for measuring individual and collective satisfaction and security including Maslow's Pyramid and the Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef's taxonomy of human needs. They make a strong case for looking toward Europe and pockets of economic sustainability within America, to take 'bold action' to reorient our markets to serve human needs, to build a 'solidarity economy... capitalism with a human face.' De Graaf and Batker's criticisms — of big business, taxation, American universities, Obama's response to the financial meltdown — are lucid; what comes as a pleasant surprise is that their solutions are no less clear and actionable." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In this funny, readable, and thought-provoking book, activists John de Graaf (coauthor of the bestselling Affluenza) 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.

Synopsis:

In this funny, readable, and thought-provoking book, activists John de Graaf (coauthor of the bestselling Affluenza) 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.

About the Author

John de Graaf is the coauthor of the national bestseller Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, executive director of Take Back Your Time (see www.timeday.org), and a coordinator of the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative. He is a frequent speaker on issues of overwork and overconsumption in America.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 that provides ecologically oriented economic analysis.

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ISBN:
9781608195107
Author:
De Graaf, John
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Author:
Batker, David
Author:
Batker, David K.
Author:
de Graaf, John
Author:
John de Graaf
Author:
Dejohn
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Business - General
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Economic Conditions
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General
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Following their documentary of the same name, De Graaf (coauthor of Affluenza) and Batker, director of Earth Economics, a firm that provides ecological economic analysis, pose a provocative question: what is the economy for if not to maximize the well-being of the citizenry? Seen in this light, GDP becomes a woefully inadequate tool for assessing economic health. Using the claim of Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the Forest Service, that we should strive for 'the greatest good for the greatest number over the longest run,' the authors argue that not only are we not on the right track, we're hardly in the race. De Graaf and Batker draw upon various indices for measuring individual and collective satisfaction and security including Maslow's Pyramid and the Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef's taxonomy of human needs. They make a strong case for looking toward Europe and pockets of economic sustainability within America, to take 'bold action' to reorient our markets to serve human needs, to build a 'solidarity economy... capitalism with a human face.' De Graaf and Batker's criticisms — of big business, taxation, American universities, Obama's response to the financial meltdown — are lucid; what comes as a pleasant surprise is that their solutions are no less clear and actionable." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this funny, readable, and thought-provoking book, activists John de Graaf (coauthor of the bestselling Affluenza) 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this funny, readable, and thought-provoking book, activists John de Graaf (coauthor of the bestselling Affluenza) 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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