Tony Judt, 2010
Ill Fares the Land. A Treatise on Our Present Discontents
Tony Judt (†2010) was a British historian and professor at New York University. In this book he exposes the shortcomings of Western societies and shows that something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today.
This book is a dramatic manifest and appeal to face up to the consequences we are responsible for if we remain unwilling to fundamentally discuss our way of living.
Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, 2012
How Much Is Enough? Money and the good Life
In this book economic historian Robert Skidelsky and his son, philosopher Edward Skidelsky, suggest that a better life not only for the rich societies of the West but also for the poor is in
reach once we curb our economic insatiability. In the rich parts of the world people have forgotten to ask what we really need, what makes a good life. We are more concerned with satisfying
unjustified demands that dramatically exceed our needs for a meaningful life instead of exercising moderation and letting the poor have their stake in global wealth.
Benjamin R. Barber, 2008
Consumed: How markets corrupt children, infantilize adults, and swallow citizens whole
W. W. Norton
In this book political scientist Benjamin R. Barber states that boundless consumption has deprived us of our role as responsible citizens and forced us on the role of consumers who do not actively shape society but passively react to ever new consumer goods. In this we have regressed to infantile patterns of behavior (we are "kidults"). We are satisfied with just consuming and hostile to any change of the status quo challenging our saturated life. We have become unwilling and unable to handle social and economic advance.
Philippe Askenazy, Andre Orlean, Henri Sterdyniak, and Thomas Coutrot, 2010
A number of European Economists pleads for stronger regulations of capitalist markets.
Dani Rodrik, 2011
The Globalization Paradox. Democracy and the Future of the World Economy
Economist Dani Rodrik suggests alternatives to the present development of globalization.
Meinhard Miegel, 2014
Hybris. Die überforderte Gesellschaft (available in German only)
In his most recent book, German social scientist Meinhard Miegel analyzes the social and economic developments of the last years and concludes that the economic crises we face is an
expression of fatigue resulting from an ideologically charged, collective immoderateness. Immoderate consumption, immoderate production; higher, faster, more - this is
Naomi Klein, 2014
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
Simon & Schuster
In this 2014 book Naomi Klein laments that urgently needed measures to seriously slow down progressing climate change are not adopted because they interfere with the ideological dogma of ever
more moved forward by the advocates of non-regulated markets and because they are in conflict with the interests of a small elitist minority that dominates the
James G. Carrier and Peter G. Luetchford (editors)
Ethical Consumption. Social Value and Economic Practice
This scientific volume is descriptive in nature. It is concerned with the growing awareness in rich countries that the way we consume entails serious ethical questions.