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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Riddled with references to economists John Stuart Mill and Adam Smith, this book reads more like an academic treatise than an appeal aimed at the general public. Alperovitz (America Beyond Capitalism) and Daly (God and the Welfare State) make the provocative argument that if today's worker is more productive and his methods are more extensive, it's due to the accumulation of hundreds of years of work done by previous generations. Modern engineers, for example, are only more productive because they build on the design problems solved during the past century. Since a society shares a history, the authors contend, we should all reap the benefits of this progress and the wealth accumulated by it; the reality, of course, is a grave disparity in wealth and resources. Alperovitz has written several works used as textbooks in economics courses (Atomic Diplomacy), but this work lacks the readability necessary for mainstream audiences-the very audience that the author should have appealed to.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781595584861
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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