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The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
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Oh, for fuck's sakes, what the fuck is wrong with you people? Is this a never-ending revival of the Dunciad? This ain't rocket science, for Christ's sakes—we've cottoned a shitload of the green-googly-moogly in the decades since the Great Slump, so why can't we apply the lessons we've learned from this gigantic laissez-faire clusterfuck? Goddamn greedy, overly ripe, crumb-lipped mall-mutts, I'd love to crack your fucking spongiform shells together to let in some oxygen! A progressive system of taxation, social safety nets and impartially administered regulatory agencies, with targeted government expenditure upon boring shit like education, transportation and communication networks, skills development, and leisure opportunities are all steps in the right fucking direction: to find that sweet spot, always tweaking and adjusting as necessary, to spread that whoresonned wealth around, keep the disparity to a minimum, whilst always realizing that we are moving into a new form of industrialized capitalism where consumption is king; in other words, shitheads, our economy is in a perpetual state of evolution, and we must evolve our policies along with them, with an ultimate goal of having the vast, unimaginable wealth our productivity, resources, infrastructure, global position and considerable fortune have bestowed upon our short-term-memory-riddled heads spread as equitably as possible, fueling small business growth, avoiding creativity-killing and stagnant monopolies, and enlarging the middle-fucking-class, those roseate, nauseous butterballs whose very size indicates the fucking health of a nation's economic state. Fucking assholes, wake the fuck up and figure out what the fuck is going on. Jesus H. Fucking Christ, I keep pointing this shit out and you tosspot pickle-ticklers, you thick-witted, cross-eyed Mary's, you tube-glued, gelatinous fuck-weevils keep screwing the goddamn pooch. I'm getting by-Christly fucking tired of spinning this particular mother-loving record, numbnuts. Wake up!
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Szplug Note that the Mighty JKG might not come across as quite this angry to every reader.

message 2: by Esteban (new)

Esteban del Mal you tosspot pickle-ticklers

You're coming off angry here.

message 3: by Paquita Maria (new)

Paquita Maria Sanchez Esteban wrote: "you tosspot pickle-ticklers

You're coming off angry here."

Yeah, I liked that line, too. Now go to bed!

message 4: by Esteban (new)

Esteban del Mal Night!

message 5: by MJ (new)

MJ Nicholls You might want to downsize your paragraph sizes. And some of those hypenated phrases are not economically viable. And italics? In a recession? Mr Conspicuous Consumption.

message 6: by Szplug (last edited Aug 03, 2011 12:57PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Szplug Esteban: Tosspot is all the rage these days.

MJ: I appreciate the advice—and the criticism—cost-conscious as a reviewer must be in this parlous economic clime; however, one look at the current state of our political discourse reveals only too clearly that anger sells, and big-time. Thus, in this instance, I can afford to be a touch gratuitous with my hyphens, italics, and word count.

Just wait until I channel the inherent ire of Capitalism and Freedom ...

message 7: by Mara (new)

Mara Umm so did you like the book? I'm an admitted econ n00b, interested in reading some primary sources after reading Justin Fox's The Myth of the Rational Market, and John Cassidy's How Markets Fail, and it sounded to me like Galbraith had some interesting insight into the fundamental need for intervention in order to beget public sector good...

message 8: by Keith (new)

Keith Loveday Hear hear!

message 9: by David (new)

David i likey, but then why only 3 stars?

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