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A well written thought provocking economics handbook.
on 28 July 2001
The affluent society is a well written critique of established economic ideas by a brilliant writer. The book written in a clear and simple language is both insightful and thought provocking.
The author started by critically appraising established economic ideas which he called "conventional wisdom". He went on to discuss the inherent flaws in accepting production as the most important goal of society. He then examined the concept of want creation, the ever inceasing problem of consumer debt, economic security, economic inequality and poverty.
The main reason why i enjoyed the book it its language and message. I have never had the priviledge of reading a better written economics book. This is a book for all. Whether you an expert, a student or someone interested in the progress of his society, you will find this book interesting and worth the effort.
Finally, the concluding remark by the author is a message i strongly identify with. He called on society to make it its goal the eradication of poverty and to control the production of weapons of mass destruction. As someone who resides in a developing country, where affluence exist side by side with extreme poverty, the goal of eradicating poverty is one which i fervently hope the leadership of my country will adopt.