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The growth of the economy and the spread of prosperity are increasingly seen as problematic rather than positive - a trend Daniel Ben-Ami has termed 'growth.
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For the author, this meant 'plenty for all'. Over time though, with capitalism and imperialism, plenty turned into accumulation and rent extraction it is only in this way that you can afford a Ferrari. Not acknowledging the distiction trips the author up. Which plenty do we want? Everyone should be free to choose, at least there where they are formally sovereign. For some, plenty can mean being able to continue living off a mangrovia forest. Jul 22, Sam rated it liked it. Alexander rated it liked it Oct 13, Tim Chambers rated it it was amazing May 27, Rayne Laborde rated it it was ok Jun 26, Robharries rated it really liked it May 20, Theresa Clifford rated it it was amazing May 11, Michael Trousdell rated it it was ok May 20, Bhaskar Sunkara marked it as to-read Jun 27, Thebookmistress marked it as to-read Oct 11, Non marked it as to-read Nov 30, Nico Macdonald is currently reading it Jan 09, Gus marked it as to-read Mar 15, Lebohang Bucibo marked it as to-read Mar 30, Stevphen Shukaitis marked it as to-read Apr 08, Notash marked it as to-read May 25, Chris added it Jun 04, Rakhi Rajani marked it as to-read Jun 28, Michaela marked it as to-read Jul 08, Rodney Ulyate marked it as to-read Jan 31, Marcin marked it as to-read Dec 16, Carolyn marked it as to-read Apr 07, Aaron marked it as to-read Apr 16, Mark added it Aug 05, Davor Nikolic marked it as to-read Dec 29, Alexey Goldin marked it as to-read Feb 05, Christopher Hurtado marked it as to-read Aug 27, Roberto Colanzi marked it as to-read Jan 31, Fahad marked it as to-read Feb 22, Bahadir marked it as to-read Jan 20, Ivorybutton Button is currently reading it Mar 22, Sanne Bosse marked it as to-read Apr 10, Patrick added it Jun 10, Al marked it as to-read Aug 05, John Drew marked it as to-read Nov 03, Clefable marked it as to-read Nov 06, Akshay Chalana marked it as to-read Dec 03, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


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Books by Daniel Ben-Ami. Society of Business Economists. The global financial crisis has produced a fresh outpouring of growth scepticism: Policy Press July 14, Language: I'd like to read this book on Kindle Don't have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 5 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I really enjoyed Daniel Ben-Ami's "Ferraris For All" as it delves into some of the uncharted waters of the American psyche addressing issues that are very often dismissed. These types of elitist actions are examples of the underground opposition to growth. It is a great read for all who are willing to open their minds recognizing growth suppression as Ben-Ami brings it to light.

Ferraris for All: In Defence of Economic Progress

One person found this helpful. During the s, it was hard to enter the campus gates of any major university in Cambridge Mass or New York City without first having to pass through a pair of extremely intense, earnest people who wanted to hand you a newspaper.

Reading this book, I found out anyway. The author DBA was barely a couple of years too young, and on the wrong continent, to have ever blocked my way with his tabloid.

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Sure enough, there are plenty of hallmarks of a traditional 20th Century Leftist perspective in the book. For one thing, there are plenty of favorable references to Marx. Nonetheless, at times the book seems to have curled around so far to the left that it joins hands with the Right. The Communist Manifesto, of course.

Although Rand rejected the Soviet Union, her opportunity to attend university was thanks to the Russian Revolution: So is the February Revolution is still a bitter memory for 21st Century Trotskyites, despite their better luck a few months later? I wonder if Red Sox fans have already forgotten about and are still ruing their earlier World Series losses. To be fair, DBA does tell the reader that this is a polemical work viii ; this sort of characterization is bread and butter for polemicists. Suppose we change the terminology: If so, then the next question would be: Next, even if we accept without argument Chap.

It seems to me that a rational supporter of growth would at least entertain the possibility of declining marginal utility of growth and maybe of qualitatively adverse impacts, even if a fanatic would not. By the way, many of those advances attributed to growth, including radar and a number of other inventions DBA lists at the end of Chap.

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Those factors are never mentioned as preconditions for prosperity, however. DBA also makes claims that are highly exaggerated, to say the least. Industrial activity is seen primarily [sic] as a source of pollution and waste rather than as the engine of wealth production. Well-being is seen as a much more desirable goal than prosperity. This is not, as they suggest, because they are concerned about the health of the poor.

Ferraris for All: In Defence of Economic Progress by Daniel Ben-Ami

In effect, they argue that the benefits of high levels of consumption should be restricted to a small elite. From this it is a short step to argue that everyone must be prepared to behave responsibly and moderate their demands. Once this premise is accepted it is hard for ordinary people to demand that they should have higher incomes.

Rich and poor alike should be willing to make do with less.

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It is a plea to curb general living standards rather than to raise them. The rich will keep getting richer all the while.

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The book includes many text boxes and chapter endnotes to flesh out some points in more detail. Nonetheless, this book is a valuable reminder that the pro-growth vs. If you've ever felt guilty about the accoutrements of life in the developed world - plentiful cars, abundant food, cheap energy - economics and finance journalist Daniel Ben-Ami says to stop.