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Author : Raj Patel
language : en
Publisher: Picador
Release Date : 2010-01-05

The Value Of Nothing written by Raj Patel and has been published by Picador this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2010-01-05 with Political Science categories.


"A deeply though-provoking book about the dramatic changes we must make to save the planet from financial madness."--Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine Opening with Oscar Wilde's observation that "nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing," Patel shows how our faith in prices as a way of valuing the world is misplaced. He reveals the hidden ecological and social costs of a hamburger (as much as $200), and asks how we came to have markets in the first place. Both the corporate capture of government and our current financial crisis, Patel argues, are a result of our democratically bankrupt political system. If part one asks how we can rebalance society and limit markets, part two answers by showing how social organizations, in America and around the globe, are finding new ways to describe the world's worth. If we don't want the market to price every aspect of our lives, we need to learn how such organizations have discovered democratic ways in which people, and not simply governments, can play a crucial role in deciding how we might share our world and its resources in common. This short, timely and inspiring book reveals that our current crisis is not simply the result of too much of the wrong kind of economics. While we need to rethink our economic model, Patel argues that the larger failure beneath the food, climate and economic crises is a political one. If economics is about choices, Patel writes, it isn't often said who gets to make them. The Value of Nothing offers a fresh and accessible way to think about economics and the choices we will all need to make in order to create a sustainable economy and society.

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Author : Raj Patel
language : en
Publisher: Granta
Release Date : 2011

The Value Of Nothing written by Raj Patel and has been published by Granta this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2011 with Democracy categories.


Traditional Chinese edition of The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy by raj Patel, the author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. The Value of Nothing is a profound analysis of the global economic crisis stemmed by the "value" set by the "market." The cost of goods made and the ensuing cost of ecological damage do not proportionally represent the "value" of goods we produce and consume. Patel is a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, a visiting scholar at UC Berkley and a social and environmental activist. In Chinese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.

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Author : Raj Patel
language : en
Publisher: Granta
Release Date : 2009-12-03

The Value Of Nothing written by Raj Patel and has been published by Granta this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2009-12-03 with Business & Economics categories.


'Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.' Credit has crunched, debt has turned toxic, the gears of the world economy have ground to a halt. Yet despite its failures, the same market-driven ideas are being applied to everything from famine to climate change. We need to ask again one of the most fundamental questions a society ever addresses: why do things cost what they do? Radical, original, nimbly argued, The Value of Nothing draws on ideas from history, philosophy, psychology and agriculture to show how we can build an economically and environmentally sound future.

Priceless


Priceless
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Author : Frank Ackerman
language : en
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Release Date : 2010-10

Priceless written by Frank Ackerman and has been published by ReadHowYouWant.com this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2010-10 with categories.


As clinical as it sounds to express the value of human lives, health, or the environment in cold dollars and cents, cost-benefit analysis requires it. More disturbingly, this approach is being embraced by a growing number of politicians and conservative pundits as the most reasonable way to make many policy decisions regarding public health and the environment. By systematically refuting the economic algorithms and illogical assumptions that cost-benefit analysts flaunt as fact, Priceless tells a ''gripping story about how solid science has been shoved to the backburner by bean counters with ideological blinders'' (In These Times). Ackerman and Heinzerling argue that decisions about health and safety should be made ''to reflect not economists' numbers, but democratic values, chosen on moral grounds. This is a vividly written book, punctuated by striking analogies, a good deal of outrage, and a nice dose of humor'' (Cass Sunstein, The New Republic). Essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of human health and environmental protection, Priceless ''shines a bright light on obstacles that stand in the way of good government decisions''.

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Author : Raj Patel
language : en
Publisher: HarperPerennial
Release Date : 2010-12-29

The Value Of Nothing written by Raj Patel and has been published by HarperPerennial this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2010-12-29 with Prices categories.


As retirement funds shrink, savings disappear and houses are foreclosed on, now is a good time to ask a question for which every human civilization has had an answer: why do things cost what they do? The Value of Nothingtracks down the reasons through history, philosophy, neuroscience and sociology, showing why prices are always at odds with the true value of the things that matter most to us. Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull sold for a record $100 million at auction. But if we account for the possibility that blood diamonds were used (as many suspect), the human cost is even greater. A Big Mac might seem like the best deal in these economic times, but after analyzing the energy to produce each burger, from field to Happy Meal, Patel argues the real price tag is a whopping $200. But it is easiest to see the gap between price and value by looking at things that are so-called free. Examining everything from Google to TV, from love to thoughts, The Value of Nothing reveals the hidden social consequences of our global culture of "freedom."

The Quants


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Author : Scott Patterson
language : en
Publisher: Currency
Release Date : 2010-02-02

The Quants written by Scott Patterson and has been published by Currency this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2010-02-02 with Business & Economics categories.


With the immediacy of today’s NASDAQ close and the timeless power of a Greek tragedy, The Quants is at once a masterpiece of explanatory journalism, a gripping tale of ambition and hubris, and an ominous warning about Wall Street’s future. In March of 2006, four of the world’s richest men sipped champagne in an opulent New York hotel. They were preparing to compete in a poker tournament with million-dollar stakes, but those numbers meant nothing to them. They were accustomed to risking billions. On that night, these four men and their cohorts were the new kings of Wall Street. Muller, Griffin, Asness, and Weinstein were among the best and brightest of a new breed, the quants. Over the prior twenty years, this species of math whiz--technocrats who make billions not with gut calls or fundamental analysis but with formulas and high-speed computers--had usurped the testosterone-fueled, kill-or-be-killed risk-takers who’d long been the alpha males the world’s largest casino. The quants helped create a digitized money-trading machine that could shift billions around the globe with the click of a mouse. Few realized, though, that in creating this unprecedented machine, men like Muller, Griffin, Asness and Weinstein had sowed the seeds for history’s greatest financial disaster. Drawing on unprecedented access to these four number-crunching titans, The Quants tells the inside story of what they thought and felt in the days and weeks when they helplessly watched much of their net worth vaporize--and wondered just how their mind-bending formulas and genius-level IQ’s had led them so wrong, so fast.

The Value Of History


The Value Of History
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Author : Paul Frank Beisbier
language : en
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
Release Date : 2020-11-09

The Value Of History written by Paul Frank Beisbier and has been published by Page Publishing Inc this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2020-11-09 with History categories.


The work that is about to be surveyed by the reader represents decades of painstaking work to provide him or her with the most positive and freshest perspective with respect to what the discipline of history teaches him or her to improve the quality of not only his or her daily life but also those of all other whom he or she comes into contact with. This task is accomplished when he or she becomes aware of the fact that the greatest possible good can only be achieved through the promotion of the