The gross national product includes air pollutionand advertising for cigarettes, and ambulances toclear our highways of carnage. It counts speciallocks for our doors, and jails for the people whobreak them. . . . It does not allow for the health ofour families, the quality of their education, or thejoy of their play.
—ROBERT KENNEDY, 1968
A patient in remission from cancer requires routine check-ups to evaluate how things are going. It’s the same with affluenza. Once we’re on the road to recovery, annual check-ups help prevent costly, energy-sapping relapses. Lingering germs like debt, susceptibility to advertising, ...