Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John De Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor, Redefining

By John De Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor, Redefining Progress (Organization)

According to hugely acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by means of 10 million audience, "Affluenza makes use of the whimsical metaphor of a ailment to take on a truly severe topic: the wear and tear performed -- to our overall healthiness, our households, our groups, and our surroundings -- via the obsessive quest for cloth achieve. In cleverly titled chapters like "Swollen expectancies" and "A Rash of Bankruptcies," the authors study the origins, evolution, and indicators of the affluenza epidemic. but in addition they discover treatments and recommend recommendations for rebuilding households and groups and for restoring and respecting the earth.Demonstrating that now, greater than ever, americans desire methods of combating the disease, this variation incorporates a new creation and up-to-date figures, provides details at the affects of rigidity and overwork, and gives an in-depth examine campaigns and routine providing options for trendy difficulties. enticing, fast moving, and available, it reexamines a significant, far-reaching factor for a large viewers.

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Perhaps, however, affluenza—the epidemic, not this book—is more like a sexually transmitted disease. Something pleasurable in the short run is that painful and even deadly in the long run. A lot of unprotected sex happens between people with condoms in their pockets or purse. It just doesn’t feel as good, they often say. Likewise, a lot of reckless shopping happens with all but one credit card maxed out. The drive to “keep up with the Joneses” means that we catch affluenza by proximity. Polls show that people would be willing to lower their consumption if everyone else did it too.

3. And finally, as a people, Americans can find a truly useful substitute for the current outmoded measure of national health, the gross domestic product (GDP). We recommend an index called the genuine progress indicator (GPI), being fine-tuned by Redefining Progress, an Oakland, California, think tank. Using multiple indices to discover how Americans are doing, the GPI paints a different picture of our real success as a society. While GDP has risen steadily throughout history, the GPI has been falling since 1973.

The first explores many of the symptoms of affluenza, each—only half whimsically—compared to a real flu symptom. Think of how you feel when you’ve got a bug. You’re likely to be running a temperature. You’re congested. Your body is achy. You may have chills. Your stomach is upset. You’re weak. You might have swollen glands, even a rash. In the Age of Affluenza, America as a society shows all of these symptoms, metaphorically at least. We present each as a chapter. We start with individual symptoms, then move to the social conditions, and finally turn to the environmental impacts of affluenza.

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