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.
* Although these books mainly comply with the ideas IMEB is advocating for they do not necessarily mirror them in each detail. They are meant to be thought-provoking impulses. We want to make
people think about the personal responsibility they take when abandoning themselves to immoderate consumption. Take the books as an assistance for thinking.
November 2015 We are searching for volunteers for our Flyer Campaign! If interested (also on
basis), let us know by firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 2015 According to Amnesty International, Shell still deceives the public concerning its efforts to clean up the oil pollution in the Niger Delta. The mess is visible to
the unaided eye.
September 2015 Just this Saturday (September 26) we participated in a nationwide protest against Shell and its efforts to flow oil in Alaska. Now Shell has
ceased its drillings (officially) due to lack of chances for success and high costs.
September 2015 Have a look at this new documentary: "Landraub" by Kurt Langbein.
September 2015 Again, one of Apple's subcontractors has turned out to exploit its workers. According to Sacom (Students and Scholars Against Corporal Misbehavior), China-based
Lens Technology (produces touch-activated screens) forces workers to work for a month without any pause, pays salaries sporadically, and exposes its workers to deleterious working
August 2015 Have a look at this article (in German)!
July 2015 A new study of the effects of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions is published in Science. The lesson is
clear: The oceans have reached their limit to withstand man-made climate change.
July 2015 We have added Samsung to our target list of companies whose customers we want to reach. We contacted Samsung in February 2015 to receive information about the concrete
steps Samsung has undertaken to prevent child labor after the 2012 child labor scandal in Samsung's Chinese supplier factories. We haven't received an answer yet.
June 2015 The new documentary THE TRUE COST looks behind the concept of fast fashion. Director Andrew Morgan follows the
exploited Bangladeshi garment worker Shima Akther who can see her little son only once a year.
The movie shows the abyss of ignorance of Western shoppers towards the lives of those who produce their cheap clothes.
You may want to look here.
"I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsame
trouble, every social advance as a first step towards revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all."