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The culture of contentment, John Kenneth Galbraith

Label
The culture of contentment
Title
The culture of contentment
Statement of responsibility
John Kenneth Galbraith
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Culture of Contentment is a keen and striking appraisal of America's current, far from happy state of affairs, written by possibly our wisest and certainly our most lucid and irreverent economist, John Kenneth Galbraith. This major new work goes far beyond Ronald Reagan and George Bush to ultimate and controlling causes--to the rise of a greatly self-satisfied elite that is now dominant in the electoral process. The result: today, a once strong and aspiring nation has lapsed into a self-serving economic and social stasis. Surveying this development with a detached and penetrating eye, Galbraith lives up to his reputation as "the voice and conscience of the economic profession." Galbraith here scrutinizes the perilous by-products of complacency: a commitment to short-term action and inaction, restricted investment as a basic policy, government seen only as a burden, corporate sclerosis, and the dark side of financial speculation. He also considers the fate of the "functional underclass," people who are stalled in poverty and denied the crucial support needed to change their situation. The larcenous savings-and-loan and junk-bond scandals are examined as major examples of the controlling principles of contentment. And from the clear-eyed global perspective for which he is celebrated, Galbraith regards key issues on the world scene: the emergence of the powerful new economies of Japan and Germany, the larger, often recreational nature of foreign policy, and self-controlling, self-enhancing military power. Making no concession to false optimism, Galbraith leaves no one in doubt as to what could be done, little as we may be disposed to do it. Here, in short, is an acute and powerful assessment of where we are heading and not heading and what the consequences will be, from one of the sharpest and most original minds of our time
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
306.3/0973/09075
Index
index present
LC call number
HC106.8
LC item number
.G3394 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Label
The culture of contentment, John Kenneth Galbraith
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1. The Culture of Contentment -- 2. The Social Character of Contentment: An Overview -- 3. The Functional Underclass -- 4. Taxation and the Public Services: The Perverse Effect -- 5. The License for Financial Devastation -- 6. The Bureaucratic Syndrome -- 7. The Economic Accommodation, I -- 8. The Economic Accommodation, II -- 9. The Foreign Policy of Contentment: The Recreational and the Real -- 10. The Military Nexus, I -- 11. The Military Nexus, II -- 12. The Politics of Contentment -- 13. The Reckoning, I -- 14. The Reckoning, II -- 15. Requiem
Control code
25049692
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
ix, 195 p.
Isbn
9780395572283
Lccn
91047038
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm25049692
  • (OCoLC)25049692
Label
The culture of contentment, John Kenneth Galbraith
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1. The Culture of Contentment -- 2. The Social Character of Contentment: An Overview -- 3. The Functional Underclass -- 4. Taxation and the Public Services: The Perverse Effect -- 5. The License for Financial Devastation -- 6. The Bureaucratic Syndrome -- 7. The Economic Accommodation, I -- 8. The Economic Accommodation, II -- 9. The Foreign Policy of Contentment: The Recreational and the Real -- 10. The Military Nexus, I -- 11. The Military Nexus, II -- 12. The Politics of Contentment -- 13. The Reckoning, I -- 14. The Reckoning, II -- 15. Requiem
Control code
25049692
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
ix, 195 p.
Isbn
9780395572283
Lccn
91047038
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm25049692
  • (OCoLC)25049692

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