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The growth of the economy and the spread of prosperity are increasingly seen as problematic rather than positive. They are accused of encouraging greed, damaging the environment, causing unhappiness and widening social inequalities. The mainstream acceptance of these views is a trend Daniel Ben-Ami has termed ‘growth scepticism’.
Ferraris for all is a rejoinder to the growth sceptics. Using examples from a range of countries, the author argues that society as a whole benefits from greater affluence. Action is needed – not to limit prosperity, but to encourage creativity and growth in resolving the problems of poverty, inequality and the environment, to increase abundance and to spread it worldwide.
Lively and provocative, this timely book will trigger debate and dissent in equal measure.
“An important and original book.”
Matt Ridley, author of the Rational Optimist
“No contemporary writer in English is smarter and more convincing on the benefits of wealth to every aspect of society. It’s great to see a book-length treatment of his work.”
Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief, Reason
“Ben-Ami is an important voice for reason and fact in our current economic debates. His style is incisive and entertaining, his argument crucial to understanding our present economic plight.”
Denis Dutton, editor, Arts & Letters Daily
“It is all too rare to find a writer who is consistently thought-provoking and yet not unthinkingly contrarian. But in his writings on the economy, Daniel Ben-Ami proves himself to be one of these rare creatures.”
Diane Coyle, managing director of Enlightenment Economics
“The global financial crisis has produced a fresh outpouring of growth scepticism; the idea that we would all be better off in a world without economic growth. Daniel Ben-Ami has provided a timely and thought-provoking reminder of why we need growth and the benefits that it brings.”
David Smith, economics editor, Sunday Times (London)