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By John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor

Author note: ahead via Annie Leonard

affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted situation of overload, debt, anxiousness, and waste as a result of the dogged pursuit of more.

We attempted to provide you with a warning! The 2008 fiscal cave in proved how resilient and hazardous affluenza will be. Now in its 3rd version, this ebook can accurately be known as prophetic in exhibiting how difficulties starting from loneliness, unending operating hours, and relations clash to emerging debt, environmental pollutants, and rampant commercialism are all indicators of this international plague.

The new edition strains the function overconsumption performed within the nice Recession, discusses new how you can degree social overall healthiness and good fortune (such because the Gross family Happiness index), and provides coverage concepts to make our society extra simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn’t to forestall buying—it’s to recollect, regularly, that the easiest issues in lifestyles aren’t issues.

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Managed to restore order in the Italian hinterland and apply means testing for grain handouts. The growth of the city slowed in response. But the weaknesses related to letting an avaricious city influence the running of an empire would eventually help to doom it. Interestingly, some of the successors to R o m e were also in Italy: the city-states of the medieval period, notably Venice and Florence. Yet they exhibited the opposite characteristics. They lived mainly by their wits and their skills, rather than by conquest.

He talked about the issue time and again in the early 1970s, as the high price of metals and the industrial­ ization campaign were drawing thousands every month out of the countryside, and launched a "Go Back to the Land" campaign to control the flood. But rhetorical exhortation was not enough to counter the effect of hard economic incentives. And when it came to actually chang­ ing policy, the ideology and political exigency of urban industrial de­ velopment always won out. It has become a familiar pattern in Africa: mass urbanization without mass industrialization.

It has been said that part of the problem of solipsistic nations that persistently make wrong choices—India, before its recent economic revolution, chief among them—is that they compare themselves only with themselves. Argentina was even worse. It compared itself with its deluded vision of itself, and found the contrast too painful to bear. There is a traditional reciprocal dislike between Argentina and its neigh­ bor, Brazil; the standard Brazilian joke is that the best deal in the world is to buy an Argentine for what he is worth and sell him for what he thinks he is worth.

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