The Culture of Contentment
is an analysis of how the self-interested,
short-term perspective of the well-off has shaped modern political and
economic culture, especially in the United States. There's nothing
really original in what Galbraith has to say — most of it seems obvious
if not self-evident, at least to me — but he says it elegantly and,
given the current political climate, it obviously needs saying.
Galbraith's wry understatement is more damning in a way than more
stridently polemical attacks, and is certainly more effective.
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