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Social Limits to Growth (Twentieth Century Fund Study)

Social Limits to Growth (Twentieth Century Fund Study)

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Social Limits to Growth sets forth a new view of the nature and the limitations of economic growth. The author’s central argument is that there are indeed limits to growth currently exist and are essentially social rather than physical.As societies have become richer, an increasing proportion of the extra goods, services, and facilities sought by consumers cannot be acquired or used by all, without spoiling them for each other. So frustration is heightened by material affluence, which is why affluence does not make a satisfied society.

This book offers important insight on apparently disconnected aspects of the current malaise…such as alienation at work, the rat-race element in education, deterioration in city living, consumerist relationships with neighbors, friends, and sex partners, as well as accelerating rates of inflation and unemployment.