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[Reading] ➽ The Affluent Society  By John Kenneth Galbraith – Dcrjservices.co.uk chapter 1 The Affluent Society , meaning The Affluent Society , genre The Affluent Society , book cover The Affluent Society , flies The Affluent Society , The Affluent Society 698c10cba1a53 John Kenneth Galbraith S International Bestseller The Affluent Society Is A Witty, Graceful And Devastating Attack On Some Of Our Most Cherished Economic MythsAs Relevant Today As When It Was First Published Over Forty Years Ago, This Newly Updated Edition Of Galbraith S Classic Text On The Economics Of Abundance , Lays Bare The Hazards Of Individual And Social Complacency About Economic InequalityWhy Worship Work And Productivity If Many Of The Goods We Produce Are Superfluous Artificial Needs Created By High Pressure Advertising Why Begrudge Expenditure On Vital Public Works While Ignoring Waste And Extravagance In The Private Sector Of The Economy Classical Economics Was Born In A Harsh World Of Mass Poverty, And Has Left Us With A Set Of Preconceptions Ill Adapted To The Realities Of Our Own Richer Age And So, Too Often, The Bland Lead The Bland Our Unfamiliar Problems Need A New Approach, And The Reception Given To This Famous Book Has Shown The Value Of Its Fresh, Lively Ideas A Compelling Challenge To Conventional Thought The New York Times He Shows Himself A Truly Sensitive And Civilized Man, Whose Ideas Are Grounded In The Common Culture Of The Two Continents, And May Serve As A Link Between Them His Book Is Of Foremost Importance For Them Both The Times Literary SupplementJohn Kenneth Galbraith Was A Canadian American Economist A Keynesian And An Institutionalist, Galbraith Was A Leading Proponent Of Th Century American Liberalism And Progressivism Galbraith Was The Author Of Books, Including The Economics Of Innocent Fraud, The Great Crash , And A History Of Economics


10 thoughts on “The Affluent Society

  1. says:

    Oh, for fuck s sakes, what the fuck is wrong with you people Is this a never ending revival of the Dunciad This ain t rocket science, for Christ s sakes we ve cottoned a shitload of the green googly moogly in the decades since the Great Slump, so why can t we apply the lessons we ve learned from this gigantic laissez faire clusterfuck Goddamn greedy, overly ripe, crumb lipped mall mutts, I d love to crack your fucking spongiform shells together to let in some oxygen A progressive system of t Oh, for fuck s sakes, what the fuc...


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    Contrary to the assumptions made in the history of economic theory from Adam Smith, Ricardo, Mathus and Marx that the development of the industrial base inevitably leads to the total impoverishment of the working class, we seem to be witnessing quite the opposite The working classes in the advanced capitalist societies have never had it so good We now live in an affluent society Despite thehorrible predictions of these founding fathers of economic theory not coming to pass we have not Contrary to the assumptions made in the history of economic theo...


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    Bother I thought I had already written most of this review, but no, I must toil and type to lay it out here in black and white.Galbraith s book is a slightly awkward subject, written in 1958, went through four editions before the revised version that fell into my hands I wonder if he was prescient for 1958, for example in the role of debt in sustaining a consumer society, or simply astute when it came to updating each edition It is an elegantly written essay, slightly too elegant with it s swa Bother I thought I had already written most of this review, but no, I must toil and type to lay it out here in black and white.Galbraith s book is a slightly awkward subject, written in 1958, went through four editions before the revised version that fell into my hands I wonder if he was prescient for 1958, for example in the role of debt in sustaining a consumer society, or simply astute when it came to updating each edition It is an elegantly written essay, slightly too elegant with it s swan s neck phrasing to be easily quotable, but a pleasure to read in this and in its content it reminded me of Veblin s The Theory of the Leisure Class, that sets out that the economic thinking of Smith ...


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    I read this for the Capitalism Democracy Socialism course taught under the aegis of Loyola University Chicago s Philosophy Department in the first semester of 1981 82 The teacher, a Ph.d in both Philosophy and Mathematics, ran the course as an ongoing debate between three orientations The first, the free market capitalist, was primarily represented by Milton Friedman The second, the Keynesian capitalist, was primarily represented by J.K Galbraith The third, the market socialist, was primar I read this for the Capitalism Democracy Socialism course taught under the aegis of Loyola Uni...


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    Galbraith wrote this entire book as a protest against the growth economy, as if it was an economic law that once men s most basic material desires are met, they are fed, clothed and housed, then their fundamental purposes in life have been fulfilled He therefore assumes that any material consumption beyond this base level is unnatural and is created somehow by forces extrinsic to the individual, over this consumption is a historical aberration that is being fostered ...


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    This book published in 1958 was a great manifesto for Lyndon Baines Johnson s Great Society Galbraith argued that America was a rich society capable of caring for all its members Left to its own, capitalism would simply try to stimulate consumption by the financially privileged through advertising What was needed was increased taxation of the rich to finance social programs for the poor.Galbraith s argument was treated with great seriousness by the majority of North Americans throughout the s This book published in 1958 was a great manifesto for Lyndon Baines Johnson s Great Society Galbraith argued ...


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    So I kind of agree with what Galbraith has to say, but it doesn t read so easily It feltlike a piece of social science academia, than a non fiction book If you re okay with that, then it s an insightful look at economics and capitalism, from a 1950s American viewpoint.


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    This book is as important when Galbraith first published it A giant of a man 6 9 Galbraith still towers over a humane, practical and honest stream of economic thinking and writing Arguing that conventional economic thought was not only the child but the captive of a time when scarcity was an everyday reality for most of the European and American world , he puts an elegant but passionate case for looking at things as they actually are, rather than as theorists insist that t...


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    This is a highly commendable book and should be of interest to anyone who has ever walked under the sun It deals with great clarity with the economic and financial myths our affluent society surrounds itself in every day from the inefficiency of monetary policy to the shortcomings of fiscal policy Galbraith easily and masterfully shows us how esoteric and irrational most of the acclaimed economic axioms actually are Despite being written in 1958, everything this book talks about is of grea This is a highly commendable book and sh...


  10. says:

    This book is well written and has extraordinary explanatory power Galbraith speaks about our culture s economic priorities within the context of historical economic theories and critiques the logic and accepted ideas that create these priorities Worthwhile and thought provoking.