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Never Enough

Capitalism and the Progressive Spirit

Neil Gilbert

Never Enough

Never Enough

Capitalism and the Progressive Spirit

Never Enough

 

Capitalism and the Progressive Spirit challenges the prevailing assumptions about the decline of middle-class prosperity, opportunity, and material well-being in the United States. In a careful reading of the evidence and a critical analysis of its implications, Gilbert demonstrates the extent to which the customary progressive claims about the severity of poverty, inequality, social mobility and the benefits of universalism not only distort the empirical reality of modern life in an era of abundance but confound efforts to help those most in need.


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Beschrijving Never Enough

In this landmark work, Neil Gilbert addresses the long-standing tensions between capitalism and the progressive spirit. Challenging the contemporary progressive outlook on the failures of capitalism, Capitalism and the Progressive Spirit analyzes the empirical evidence for conventional claims about the real level of poverty, the presumed causes and consequences of inequality, the meaning and underlying dynamics of social mobility, and the necessity for more
social welfare spending and universal benefits. A careful reading of the research reveals that these issues are far less serious than contemporary progressive claims would have the public believe. Progressive leaders, however, remain firmly wedded to the established social agenda, which conveys a vision of
the good society that disregards the historically unprecedented and wide-spread abundance in the advanced post-industrial countries. Meanwhile, the progressive agenda inadvertently caters to the corrosive effects of insatiable consumption and the commodification of everyday life, from which modern capitalism profits. The analysis suggests that it is time to resist the material definition of progress that stands so high on the current agenda and envision alternative ways for government to
advance society.


ISBN
9780199361335
Pagina's
232
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NUR
741
Druk
1
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Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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