‘Betterness’

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I’ve gotten caught up in the field of economics this year.  I’m fascinated by it, and I try to read whatever I can get my hands on (yep – I’m as eager to read the latest issue of The Economist as I am the The New Yorker).

That said, I can get depressed pretty easily reading about the global economic state of affairs right now.  Bottom line – is GDP the only way to measure a country’s ability to survive and thrive?  Isn’t there more to life than products, consumption, and manufacturing?  What about human health?  What about social impact?  What about human relationships?

If you’re feeling like I am, you’ll find it refreshing to engage with the ideas of Umair Haque, author of Betterness: Economics for Humans.  Check out this podcast (about 15 min.) or buy his brief piece on this topic online.

I’m such a sucker, I’ve also begun to read his latest book, The New Capitalist Manifesto.

Told you I was hooked . . .

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