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The Affluent Society

reviewed by Solomon Barkin - 1959

coverTitle: The Affluent Society
Author(s): John Kennneth Galbraith
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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As we come to the close of the postwar era in which America has been unquestionably pre-eminent in the arts of war and peace, doubts are being expressed about our beliefs and positions in every phase of political, social, and cultural life. In his new best seller, The Affluent Society, Galbraith calls into question the faith of American businessmen and liberals in the efficacy of rising national output. Much of our output for private consumption is wasteful and frivolous. While he is convinced that we have eliminated serious poverty and inequality, have a satisfactory social security system and an operating set of economic stabilizers, he argues that continuing economic growth does not provide an incontestable future course toward a more perfect society. The author would change the course of our development and give the goal of more public expenditures a higher priority than economic growth itself. The book pays little attention... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 61 Number 1, 1959, p. 51-51
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3428, Date Accessed: 8/10/2020 2:20:27 AM

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