By Clive Hamilton
For many years our political leaders and opinion makers have touted larger earning because the strategy to a greater destiny. financial development capacity greater lives for us all. yet after decades of sustained monetary progress and elevated own earning we needs to confront an lousy truth: we aren't any happier. this is often the good contradiction of contemporary politics.
In this provocative new e-book, Clive Hamilton argues that, faraway from being the reply to our difficulties, progress fetishism and the promoting society lie on the middle of our social ills. they've got corrupted our social priorities and political buildings, and feature created a profound feel of alienation between old and young.
Growth Fetish is the 1st severe try out at a politics of switch for wealthy nations ruled through the diseases of affluence, the place the genuine craving isn't really for extra money yet for actual identification, and the place the longer term lies in a brand new courting with the average surroundings.
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These facts have a major bearing on living standards. QXD 5/2/03 3:08 PM Page 32 Growth Fetish must sacrifice in order to sustain their levels of consumption. 5; females, 41), suggesting that higher incomes in Japan are acquired at a high cost in terms of overwork. 22 One way to look at this is to calculate the cost of a basket of foodstuffs measured in hours of work. Whether measured in terms of either a Japanese or a Sydney basket, Japanese city dwellers must work more than twice as long as Sydneysiders.
People who are obsessed by the accumulation of wealth necessarily focus on their own circumstances and those of their immediate family. Focusing on one’s own perceived needs means an inward psychological orientation, so that the needs of others fade into the background. QXD 5/2/03 3:08 PM Page 43 Growth and wellbeing rivals; one’s own superiority depends on the inferiority of others. People who pursue wealth put themselves under time pressure, so that they lack time to devote to activities that build communities, including simple activities such as talking to neighbours and taking an interest in the rest of the world and its travails.
At the level of the individual, some religious groups and popular gurus attempt to reconcile acquisitiveness and religious belief: ‘God wants you to be rich’. ’. QXD 5/2/03 3:08 PM Page 16 Growth Fetish look so uncomfortable doing so, devotees of this peculiar late 20th century theology of acquisitiveness display its implausibility whenever they talk about it. Other people pretend that their real interest is in something for the benefit of humankind, such as advancing information technology, and that wealth is an accidental by-product they can take or leave.
Growth Fetish by Clive Hamilton