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Fewer, Richer, Greener

Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance
Written by: Laurence B. Siegel
Narrated by: Steve Menasche
Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins

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Why do so many people fear the future? Is their concern justified, or can we look forward to greater wealth and continued improvement in the way we live?  

Our world seems to be experiencing stagnant economic growth, climatic deterioration, dwindling natural resources, and an unsustainable level of population growth. The world is doomed, they argue, and there are just too many problems to overcome. But is this really the case? In Fewer, Richer, Greener, author Laurence B. Siegel reveals that the world has improved - and will continue to improve - in almost every dimension imaginable.  

This practical yet lighthearted book makes a convincing case for having gratitude for today's world and optimism about the bountiful world of tomorrow. Life has actually improved tremendously. We live in the safest, most prosperous time in all human history. Whatever the metric-food, health, longevity, education, conflict - it is demonstrably true that right now is the best time to be alive. The recent, dramatic slowing in global population growth continues to spread prosperity from the developed to the developing world. Technology is helping billions of people rise above levels of mere subsistence. This technology of prosperity is cumulative and rapidly improving: we use it to solve problems in ways that would have be unimaginable only a few decades ago.

©2020 Laurence B. Siegel (P)2020 Gildan Media

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  • 2020-02-10

An economics (audible) book, not a picture book

The audible book so far is great, however I didn't realize that much of the book would refer to figures within the text that I can't see because I'm listening to it. There really should be an accompanying PDF with the images in order to participate in the dialogue at the level that the author intended.

The irony is that early in the book Siegel writes, "Since this is not just an economics book but also a picture book, one that tries to convey its message visually, ... "