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Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back

Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly

Offering an entirely new approach to the wealth question, the authors demonstrate that up to 90 percent of current economic output derives from society's collective inheritance, known as a "free lunch." Alperovitz and Daly argue that there is no reason any one person should be entitled to that inheritance.
Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back
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In a lively synthesis of modern economic, technological and cultural research, Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly demonstrate that up to 90% (and perhaps more) of current economic output derives not from individual ingenuity, effort or investment but from our collective inheritance of scientific and technological knowledge. Alperovitz and Daly pursue the implications of this research, persuasively arguing that there is no reason any one person should be entitled to that inheritance.

Author Biography

Gar Alperovitz is the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland. His previous books include "The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb" and "America Beyond Capitalism". He lives in Washington, D.C. Lew Daly is a senior fellow at Demos and the author of "God and the Welfare State". He lives in New York City.

Review

...convincingly demonstrates that knowledge is the primary source of our national wealth - Bill Moyers The moral conclusion is unmistakable: society itself is the source of wealth, and all of us deserve an equal share. - Howard Zinn Unjust Deserts is an elegant work of moral philosophy... - James K. Galbraith, Professor of Government, The University of Texas at Austin Agree or disagree, you will see the world differently after you have read this book. - William A. Galston, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution The viewpoint presented in this important and provocative book should alter the current public discourse on income distribution. - Kenneth Arrow, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, 1972 This is one of the most original and most intelligent works on economic justice I have read in many years. - Michael Kazin, author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan and Professor of History, Georgetown University ...authors strike upon a vital topic when they highlight the need for the benefits from productivity gains to be shared... -- Mark Engler Deliciously subversive. The authors lace their narrative with fascinating asides... and statistics that give their story plenty of dramatic oomph. ...deeply informed and carefully argued study of the social and historical factors that enter into creative achievement... - Noam Chomsky

Product Details

Author
Gar Alperovitz, Lew Daly
Short Title
UNJUST DESERTS
Publisher
New Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
1595584862
ISBN-13
9781595584861
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2010
Publication Date
2010-01-31
Country of Publication
United States
Pages
230
Residence
MD, US
Subtitle
How the Rich areTaking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take it Back