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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 10. Wealth and the Future: Mass Destruction, Stagnation, or Salvation?

 

The human race has had a long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity. But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviving prosperity.

 
 --Dr. Alan Gregg 20th Century Physician and Humanitarian Activist

Yes, money has changed everything beyond the wildest forecasts of a century or two ago—almost unequivocally for the better. Most people enjoy longer, more healthful lives. More people are being educated for longer periods. Societies are more inclusive and democratic, and discrimination based on gender, religion, and sexual orientation has been reduced. Many people have more time to cultivate individual interests, and the human ...

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