Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back

Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back

by Gar Alperovitz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1595584862

ISBN-13: 2901595584860

Pub. Date: 12/08/2009

Publisher: New Press, The

Unjust Deserts poses an entirely original challenge to the lopsided distribution of wealth and income in today's troubled economy. Acclaimed authors Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly demonstrate that up to 90 percent-and perhaps even more-of private earnings derive not from individual ingenuity, effort, or investment, but from what they describe as the unjust

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Unjust Deserts poses an entirely original challenge to the lopsided distribution of wealth and income in today's troubled economy. Acclaimed authors Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly demonstrate that up to 90 percent-and perhaps even more-of private earnings derive not from individual ingenuity, effort, or investment, but from what they describe as the unjust appropriation of our collective inheritance: namely, the scientific and technological knowledge that makes to day's economy tick.

Drawing on a lively and fascinating synthesis of cutting-edge research, Unjust Deserts is a powerful and persuasive new political case for the redistribution of wealth that gives us a bold new vision for economic equality in profoundly unequal times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901595584860
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
12/08/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I The Fruits of Knowledge

1 Knowledge and Economic Growth 19

2 Deep Knowledge and External Memory 39

3 How Does Technological Progress Occur? 57

4 Public Foundations of Private Wealth 75

Part II Just Deserts

Introduction to Part II 95

5 Unearned Income 98

6 Unearned Income Extended 109

7 Toward a More Encompassing Theory 126

Conclusion: Earned and Unearned in the Era of the Knowledge Economy 140

A Note on the Philosophical Argument 153

Notes 179

Index 221

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