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Money Changes Everything: How Global Prosperity Is Reshaping Our Needs, Values, and Lifestyles by Peter Marber

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Chapter 4. Wealth and Government: Voting with Our Pocketbooks

 

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.

 
 --Edmund Burke (1729–1797)

The forces that create prosperity cannot exist without a supportive environment, and that environment is determined by government. Depending on philosophy and policy, government can foster wealth creation or stifle it. Most politicians today understand the wealth catalysts of productive human capital, free-market economics, and sound financial infrastructure. But how these elements are cultivated, strengthened, and refined remains the subject of contentious debate for many in Biological, Material, and Experiential-trending societies; that is the focus of this chapter.

As wealth has changed ...

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