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Brad de Long

Slouching Towards Utopia

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From one of the world's leading economists, a grand narrative of the century that made us richer than ever, yet left us unsatisfied.

Before 1870, humanity lived in dire poverty, with a slow crawl of invention offset by a growing population. Then came a great shift: invention sprinted forward, doubling our technological capabilities each generation and utterly transforming the economy again and again. Our ancestors would have presumed we would use such powers to build utopia, but it was not so. When 1870-2010 ended, the world instead saw global warming, economic depression, uncertainty, inequality, and broad rejection of the status quo.

Slouching Towards Utopia tells the sweeping story of how this unprecedented explosion of material wealth occurred, how it transformed the globe, and why it failed to deliver us to utopia. Of remarkable breadth and ambition, it reveals how the last century was much less a march of progress than a slouchin the right direction.


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