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Annual Check-ups

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, ...

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