Jerome (Jd, Jerry) Belanger was a migrant farm worker, U.S. Marine, cook, newspaper reporter, and was employed in advertising and promotion in the telephone industry and as a writer in the financial industry (credit unions) before working full-time in his own businesses: printing & publishing, the retail and mail order Countryside General Store, an advertising agency, and farming. He is editor and/or publisher emeritus of The Wisconsinite, Small Stock Magazine, Countryside, Rabbit World, Dairy Goat Guide, National Stock Dog, sheep!, and Backyard Poultry, and currently edits The Coniferite for the American Conifer Society. The most recent of his nine books are The Complete Idiot's Guide to Self-sufficient Living, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Raising Chickens; the 4th edition of his best-selling classic, Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats, was published in 2010.
Enough! A Critique of Capitalist Democracy and a Guide to Understanding the New Normalby Jerome D. Belanger
At one time the American Dream offered hope and opportunity to millions of people. Today, for many young people who are saddled with debt and are un- or underemployed, elderly people whose nest eggs have been shattered by the Great Recession, and many in-between who are uneasy about their future, the American Dream is badly tarnished; in some cases it's dead.
What happened? And what can we expect in the future?
This eclectic, readable, often amusing analysis of those questions explores the American Dream and the New Normal by examining capitalist democracy through history, science, economics, education, health issues, philosophy... and organic gardening and sugar "subsidies," among other topics.
Capitalism creates and fulfills wants and desires far in excess of actual needs because it depends on constant and infinite growth. But infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet! Something has to give. The cozy relationship between capitalism and democracy - both of which are located on a sliding scale - makes this even more complex, and interesting.
With this book JD Belanger, long typecast as a writer on homesteading and organic gardening, breaks out of that mold to let loose a barrage of ideas and observations built up during more than 50 years of writing and editing. From the history of plastic shopping bags to the future of global warming, from the shortcomings of conventional agricultural accounting to the industrialization of food, this book entertains and informs while arguing the case for living happily and productively with just "enough."
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