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5.0 out of 5 stars You don't need to be an economist to read this book., 18 April 2000
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This review is from: The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth Has Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet (Paperback)
'How economic growth has enriched the few, impoverished the many and endangered the planet.'
This is an excellent book, clearly written so that those of us not familiar with the world of economics can follow the author's arguments with ease. Richard Douthwaite shows us the proof that undirected, economic growth leads to unemployment, breakdown of family life, soaring crime rates and environmental destruction. It stands to reason that infinite growth cannot occur in a finite world, but that fact is exactly what most governments seem to ignore. Accordingly, they set their economic policies in motion as if there were no tomorrow. The introduction starts with a quote from Kenneth Boulding which states 'Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist' sets the tone for the rest of the book. The mind boggles at the shortsightedness of those who direct the world's economy. This book is a fascinating look at the nature of capitalism and whether or not continued economic growth is realistically or even morally feasible. It'll make you think. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Insight into what is wrong with the world's economics, 13 Jun 2012
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Diane Byett "Working Mother" (E.Sussex. UK) - See all my reviews
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The author has a prescient insight into many flaws in macro economic expectations. It really is a 'must read' for anyone who is in a position to take an impartial view on the state of our world's economic shambles, as well as 'joe public' who is picking up the tabs for politically motivated and often misdirected economic planning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Politicians, please note!, 9 Mar 2014
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Excellent book! It should be compulsory reading for all politicians, both local and national, as well as budding economics students.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Widens viewpoint., 17 Sep 2013
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Give an interesting alternative aspect.
The treatment by English commerce to our colonies shows why they think what they do of us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Growth in economics seen only necessary to support our flawed acceptance that a return on capital is necessary, 20 Jan 2013
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Good, if a bit dated now. Needs a rewrite for the current decade. Excellent view of recent Irish economic history.
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