The question no one ever bothered to ask about the economy: How can we make it work for us, instead of the other way around?
In this funny, readable, and thought-provoking book based on the documentary of the same name, activists John de Graaf (coauthor of the bestselling Affluenza) and David Batker challenge the reader to consider the point of our economy. Emphasising powerful western ideals, including teamwork, pragmatism, and equality, de Graaf and Batker set forth a simple goal for any economic system: The greatest good for the greatest number over the longest run. Drawing from history and current enterprises, we see how the good life is achieved when people and markets work together with an active government to create a more perfect economy - one that works for everyone.
Beginning by shattering our fetish for GDP, What's the Economy For, Anyway? offers a fresh perspective on quality of life, health, security, work-life balance, leisure, social justice, and perhaps most important, sustainability. This sparkling book is exactly what those lost in the doldrums of partisan sniping and a sluggish economy need: a guide to what really matters, and how to make the world a better place.
John de Graaf is the national coordinator of Take Back Your Time, an organisation challenging time poverty and overwork in the U.S. and Canada and a frequent speaker on issues of overwork and over-consumption. John is the co-author of the best-selling Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. David Batker is a fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. He is the director of Earth Economics, a firm which provides ecologically-oriented economic analysis.