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

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Nov 15, 2011 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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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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WHAT'S THE ECONOMY FOR, ANYWAY?: Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness

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A stimulating approach to the economy, which puts people and their needs ahead of money-based indicators of growth and performance.De Graaf, coordinator of the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative (co ... Read full review

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I want this book in my ass


The Pursuit ofHappiness
Provisioning the Good Life
Unhealthy atAny Cost
TheTime Squeeze
TheCapacity Question
Ancient History
When or How Good Went
The Housing Banking Finance Debt Bankruptcy Foreclosure
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John de Graaf is 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-selling Affluenza: 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.

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