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eye opening! we really do need to make up and change our lifestyle. read it
An extremely heartfelt attempt to re-brand the abandonment of wealth and hope for a materially better future as 'really for our own good'. Professor Schor's deep paternalism combined with a fundamental refusal to acknowledge the importance of underlying material dimension of human motivation do not make for compelling argument.
That our lives would be better if we had more time to spend not making money stands to reason. However the author refuses to confront or meaningfully address the entire trajectory of human history up to today in which people have chosen to do the inverse. History is the chronicling of the moment away from agricultural self support and towards urbanization, specialization and economic interdependence. Every people who have ever meaningfully had the chance to not live as this author insists we should, have done so. This book, and its ideas represent a attack on (dare I say the p word?) the idea and practices of human progress. But the casualness with which she dismisses the benefits of material wealth which enable her to write and distribute this book to a literate audience who can afford to buy it, is astonishing.
This book is an example of what I think of as the idealization of poverty buy someone who has never known it as anything other than a choice.
The reading was fine though.
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