Growth Fetish

Clive Hamilton

This book looked really interesting from the first time I heard about it, and with Noam Chomsky recommending it on the cover (Along with Rev Tim Costello and Natasha Stott Despoja) I kept trawling the library for it until it finally came in.

I must say the first few pages really rocked my world, particularly about the disjunct between the union and social justice facets of the left.

From then on it got into what the book is about, that we have given economics far too central a position in the political and social life of our culture. It makes this point well, and quite thoroughly, I think it's a book that is important for people who think economic growth is the be-all and end-all of society to read. For those of us who already understand that this isn't the case, it will be less enlightening.

However, I don't think it was written with someone like me in mind, though that is not to say I didn't enjoy it, it is an easy read and makes a lot of points without which our culture will not move beyond its current self-destructive phase.

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