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The great delusion : a mad inventor, death in the tropics, and the utopian origins of economic growth

Author: Steven Stoll
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Endless economic growth rests on a belief in the limitless abundance of the natural world. But when did people begin to believe that societies should - even that they must - expand in wealth indefinitely? In The Great Delusion, the historian and storyteller Steven Stoll weaves past and present together through the life of a strange and brooding nineteenth-century German engineer and technological utopian named John
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Stoll, Steven.
Great delusion.
New York : Hill and Wang, 2008
(DLC) 2008018113
(OCoLC)191925003
Named Person: J A Etzler; J A Etzler
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Stoll
ISBN: 9781429996198 1429996196
OCLC Number: 615259492
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (210 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Double the economy! --
A philosophical machine --
Paradise materialized --
Utopia means no place --
Seven billion billionaires.
Responsibility: Steven Stoll.
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Abstract:

"Endless economic growth rests on a belief in the limitless abundance of the natural world. But when did people begin to believe that societies should - even that they must - expand in wealth indefinitely? In The Great Delusion, the historian and storyteller Steven Stoll weaves past and present together through the life of a strange and brooding nineteenth-century German engineer and technological utopian named John Adolphus Etzler, who pursued universal wealth from the inexhaustible forces of nature: wind, water, and sunlight. The Great Delusion neatly demonstrates that Etzler's fantasy has become our reality and that we continue to live by some of the same economic assumptions that he embraced

Like Etzler, we assume that the transfer of matter from environments into the economy is not bounded by any condition of those environments and that energy for powering our cars and iPods will always exist. Like Etzler, we think of growth as progress, a turn in the meaning of that word that dates to the moment when a soaring productive capacity fused with older ideas about human destiny. The result is economic growth as we know it, not as measured by the gross domestic product but as the expectation that our society depends on continued physical expansion in order to survive."--Jacket

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