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Never enough : capitalism and the progressive spirit

Author: Neil Gilbert
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]
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"In this landmark work, Neil Gilbert addresses the long-standing tensions between capitalism and the progressive spirit. Challenging the contemporary progressive outlook on the failures of capitalism, Capitalism and the Progressive Spirit analyzes the empirical evidence for conventional claims about the real level of poverty, the presumed causes and consequences of inequality, the meaning and underlying dynamics of  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gilbert, Neil, 1940-
Never enough.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2016019254
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Gilbert
ISBN: 9780199361335 0199361339
OCLC Number: 947190929
Description: x, 219 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The progressive spirit --
Poverty. Poverty amid abundance --
No longer a massive affliction : are you blind? --
Inequality. The root of all evil --
Inequality amid abundance : what's the harm? --
Social Mobility. Social mobility : going up and coming down --
The arc and ladder of social mobility --
Universalism. Taxing and spending --
From cradle to grave --
Conclusion: The social compass of progressive conservatism.
Other Titles: Capitalism and the progressive spirit
Responsibility: Neil Gilbert.

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"In this landmark work, Neil Gilbert addresses the long-standing tensions between capitalism and the progressive spirit. Challenging the contemporary progressive outlook on the failures of capitalism, Capitalism and the Progressive Spirit analyzes the empirical evidence for conventional claims about the real level of poverty, the presumed causes and consequences of inequality, the meaning and underlying dynamics of social mobility, and the necessity for more social welfare spending and universal benefits. A careful reading of the research reveals that these issues are far less serious than contemporary progressive claims would have the public believe. Progressive leaders, however, remain firmly wedded to the established social agenda, which conveys a vision of the good society that disregards the historically unprecedented and wide-spread abundance in the advanced post-industrial countries. Meanwhile, the progressive agenda inadvertently caters to the corrosive effects of insatiable consumption and the commodification of everyday life, from which modern capitalism profits. The analysis suggests that it is time to resist the material definition of progress that stands so high on the current agenda and envision alternative ways for government to advance society"--Provided by publisher.

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