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2.0 out of 5 stars A valueless book, 24 Dec. 2010
This review is from: The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy (Paperback)
Value of Nothing aims to challenge conventional approaches to the problem of resource allocation - his artillery is aimed at profit driven markets, and as an alternative he proposes a move a towards more common allocation that lifts all boats. The book is divided in two parts. The first is a rather an inept and misrepresented intellectual attack at conventional economic thought. The second, although largely ungrounded by the first, provides the most interesting material, specifically case studies where democracy is being "re-defined". A wonderful story in there about South African shack dwellers. However, in terms of substance and new credible ideas, the contribution of the Value of Nothing appears to be nothing. But if you are into Marxist thought or you are a tree hugging environmentalist (sorry!) or seeking seeking to unite economics with Buddhism, you will love the book! Some weird paragraphs in there! Naturally, I am very interested to hear from someone who has an opposite view of the book.

Memorable Quote : "In moving to a more just and sustainable world, direct action that tests the boundaries of private property in the name of global justice will undoubtedly be necessary". [page 177]
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Initial post: 24 Mar 2011 01:50:14 GMT
S Wood says:
Seems a fairly reasonable quote, one that reflects the actions of landless squatters in say Brazil. Your problem with it being? And you criticise Patels critique of the short comings of economic theory, do you really believe that such concepts as Homo Economicus reflect reality?
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