By Clive Hamilton

For many years our political leaders and opinion makers have touted larger earning because the option to a greater destiny. financial progress potential greater lives for us all. yet after decades of sustained financial progress and elevated own earning we needs to confront an lousy truth: we aren't any happier. this can be the good contradiction of contemporary politics.

In this provocative new publication, Clive Hamilton argues that, faraway from being the reply to our difficulties, development fetishism and the promoting society lie on the center of our social ills. they've got corrupted our social priorities and political buildings, and feature created a profound feel of alienation between old and young. development Fetish is the 1st severe try out at a politics of swap for wealthy nations ruled via diseases of affluence, the place the true craving isn't really for extra money yet for actual id, and the place the longer term lies in making a society that promotes the issues that actually do increase our health.

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If ever greater concentrations of wealth and power are the inescapable result of our economic system, then what future is there for ever achieving genuine democracy in place of an elite plutocracy? These matters and other systemic disorders usually are blamed on people, on human error or weakness, on the failure of schooling or the political system or society itself. " Many Americans no longer believe this. Skeptics are found especially among those who see the ongoing ecological destruction as the most critical contradiction overshadowing our prosperity.

The Federal Communications Commission was created as "public trustee" to protect the public's great common asset, the broadcasting airwaves, but it has evolved into a friendly auction house for the largest media conglomerates, assisting the further concentration of this valuable and limited resource. Labor laws enacted in the 1930s to protect workers' right to organize unions and bargain collectively for themselves are now a tool of management, routinely and systematically violated by corporations without legal consequences.

The authoriti es typically attribute these consequences to "market forces," an abstraction that sounds neutral and objective. But the outcome s also emanate, more concretely, from a top-heav y str~cture of command and control in which those down below have little or no capacity to appeal or resist. This feudal remnant helps to explain a lot about America n life.

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