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Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back

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Warren Buffett is worth nearly $50 billion. Does he “deserve” all this money? Buffett himself will tell you that “society is responsible for a very significant percentage of what I’ve earned.”

Unjust Deserts offers an entirely new approach to the wealth question. In a lively synthesis of modern economic, technological, and cultural research, Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly demo
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 8th 2009 by The New Press (first published November 2nd 2008)
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John
May 23, 2009 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I bought this book because my philosophy tends to lean in the direction indicated by the book (to the left), but I was disappointed because this book was just crappy. It read more like a Ph.D. thesis than a popular economics book. It drew on lots of philosophy, Locke, John Stuart Mill, etc... when frankly I don't care who said these same things (or different things) 200 years ago. I just want a coherent argument that applies now. Philosophy has a fetish with expanding on previous authors' work.. ...more
Keith Rackley
Mar 24, 2011 Keith Rackley rated it it was amazing
If you have ever wondered why we pay taxes, how high taxes really should be, or if the rich really are shouldering their fare share of taxes in our society, this book may have an answer that is far more satisfying than any glib partisan opinions or ideology. In a surprisingly readable tome the authors review some very interesting research and thought ranging from first principles and definitions of just desserts and entitlement through the changing nature of value creation in a knowledge economy ...more
Louis
Jun 20, 2016 Louis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book that lets you conceive the origin of the wealth of nations in a radial new way, as a collective inheritance in the form of natural resources and collectieve achievements like knowledge rather than summation individual work efforts.
Jamin Batman
May 12, 2013 Jamin Batman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alperovitz is a communist in many respects, and his disdain for private property rights characterizes his works. However, in this book he manages to restrain his ideological leanings to make cogent and rational arguments against the abuses of intellectual property law. It is an effective book, one that manages to polemicize without going too far off of a logical narrative. The logical side of the book makes its ultimate points all the more damning. Like Naomi Klein, Alperovitz is capable of evis ...more
Chris
Sep 20, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this guy Gar Alperovitz. You can find his talks on Utube. He is creating an image for the future of our civilization. In this book he and Lew Daly explain in economic terms what Elizabeth Warren said a few years later, that if your business was a success, it was on the backs of all that had come before and all that was provided to make our country so conducive to entrepreneurship.

This book takes some work and is not a fast or simple read. But it is clear. Maybe the hardest part is changin
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B
Apr 19, 2013 B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Proves way too much and way too little.

If no one "deserves" anything because anyone's marginal input is zero, then why distribute things in any particular manner? This book does not confront any counterarguments.

Moreover, it does not have a real flow of its own. Rather, the authors quote favored sources with approval to make roughly the same points over and over again in a rather short book.
Nonie
May 06, 2010 Nonie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit over my head. The one concept the writers made that I understood...economic success comes from societies accumulated knowledge more than the action of any single person or company. Compensation however goes to individuals. Taxation is used to compensate society for their input. Interesting reading.
Brian
Jul 14, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book I recommend to anyone interested in these issues, but it doesn't satisfactorily deal with the practical (incentive-related) arguments against its policy prescriptions.
Whitney
Mar 07, 2009 Whitney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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enoying this one and the implications for where the value is in business/economic relationships- implications for identifying value add and leverage points in business
Avi
Sep 07, 2012 Avi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good explanation of the role of technology in the creation of resources. A little repetitive and basic, but worth the quick read.
Scott
Nov 20, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written more like a doctoral thesis....clear and precise in delivery but very wordy.
Dave Ferris
Dec 17, 2008 Dave Ferris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guess who gave it the title...
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