This is what we recommend reading...*


Tony Judt, 2010

Ill Fares the Land. A Treatise on Our Present Discontents

Penguin Books

 

 

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

Penguin Books



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

Indignant Economists

pad-Verlag

 

 

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 

W.W Norton

 

 


Economist Dani Rodrik suggests alternatives to the present development of globalization. 

Meinhard Miegel, 2014

Hybris. Die überforderte Gesellschaft  (available in German only)

Propyläen



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 exhausting.

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 economy.

James G. Carrier and Peter G. Luetchford (editors)

Ethical Consumption. Social Value and Economic Practice

berghahn




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.

If you have some further worthwhile readings, please let us know!

* 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.