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The complacent class : the self-defeating quest for the American dream

Cowen, Tyler, author.,
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"Since Alexis de Tocqueville, restlessness has been accepted as a signature American trait. Our willingness to move, take risks, and adapt to change have produced a dynamic economy and a tradition of innovation from Ben Franklin to Steve Jobs. The problem, according to ... Tyler Cowen, is that Americans today have broken from this tradition--we're working harder than ever to avoid change ... Cowen [believes that] there are significant collateral downsides attending this comfort, among them heightened inequality and segregation and decreased incentives to innovate and create"--Amazon.com.

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Geneva Public Library 305.5 COW (Text)
Second Floor Nonfiction
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Newark Public Library 305.5 COW (Text)
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250108692 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1250108691 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: pages cm.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2017]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The complacent class and its dangers -- Why Americans have stopped moving, or is your hometown really so special? -- The reemergence of segregation -- Why Americans stopped creating -- The respite of the well-ordered match: love, music, and even your dog -- Why Americans stopped rioting and instead legalized marijuana -- How a dynamic society looks and feels -- Political stagnation, the dwindling of true democracy, and Alexis de Tocqueville as prophet of our time -- The return of chaos, and why the complacent class cannot hold.
Summary, etc.: "Since Alexis de Tocqueville, restlessness has been accepted as a signature American trait. Our willingness to move, take risks, and adapt to change have produced a dynamic economy and a tradition of innovation from Ben Franklin to Steve Jobs. The problem, according to ... Tyler Cowen, is that Americans today have broken from this tradition--we're working harder than ever to avoid change ... Cowen [believes that] there are significant collateral downsides attending this comfort, among them heightened inequality and segregation and decreased incentives to innovate and create"--Amazon.com.
Subject: Social mobility > United States.
Social classes > United States.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology.
United States > Social conditions > 1980-
United States > Economic conditions > 2009-
Genre: Nonfiction.


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