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Ferraris for All: In Defence of Economic Progress [Hardcover]

Daniel Ben-Ami

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Book Description

July 14 2010

The growth of the economy and the spread of prosperity are increasingly seen as problematic rather than positive—a trend Daniel Ben-Ami has termed “growth skepticism.” Prosperity is accused of encouraging greed, damaging the environment, causing unhappiness, and widening social inequalities. Ferraris for All is a rejoinder to the growth skeptics. Using examples from a range of countries, including the US, the author argues that society as a whole benefits from greater affluence. Action is needed—but to increase abundance and spread it worldwide, not to limit prosperity, as the skeptics would have it. 
The lively and provocative hardback edition was published to widespread coverage in 2010, and triggered debate and dissent in equal measure. This much-anticipated paperback edition includes a vigorous response from the author to the spirited discussion provoked by its controversial arguments.

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Growth is one of the great issues of our time. Its benefits are manifest and anybody arguing against it will have to take on Ben-Ami's core opinions. Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

..an attractively readable, succinct and closely-argued optimistic exposition. Society of Business Economists

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, The Sunday Times"Daniel Ben-Ami is an important voice for reason and fact in our current economic debates. His book is a probing contribution to understanding the decisive way that economic growth helps everyone everywhere on the social ladder. Ben-Ami's style is incisive and entertaining, his argument crucial to understanding our present economic plight." Denis Dutton, Editor, Arts & Letters Daily

A good-humoured and spirited case for continued economic growth. Financial Times

Ben-Ami’s thinking and writing is spotlessly clear but unbendingly hard.......he makes a formidable, controversial case. GetAbstract

About the Author

Daniel Ben-Ami has worked as a journalist specializing in economics and finance for twenty-five years, during which he has contributed to many national newspapers and specialist publications, including the Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, Prospect, Sunday Telegraph, and Sunday Times. He is the author of Cowardly Capitalism: The Myth of The Global Financial Casino.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A clear-minded defense of economic growth March 24 2011
By Rolf Dobelli - Published on Amazon.com
If you've ever felt guilty about the accoutrements of life in the developed world - plentiful cars, abundant food, cheap energy - economics and finance journalist Daniel Ben-Ami says to stop. He contends that society's elites are afflicted with wrongheaded ideas about how to improve the world. He argues that underprivileged countries desperately need capitalist growth to improve their people's lives, and that developed nations should try to help them boom, not weigh them down with self-denial programs. Ben-Ami's thinking and writing is spotlessly clear but unbendingly hard, and every once in a while he wanders off the path of logic. Nonetheless, he makes a formidable, controversial case. getAbstract suggests his book to corporate managers working on global outreach, economists, and big thinkers who want to ensure the invisible hand is outstretched for a leg up, not a slap in the face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and insightful collection of work, very highly recommended Jan. 16 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Is a world where doing well for all even possible? "Ferraris for All" is a discussion of the social issues of economics and prosperity for today's world. Written by British Finance Journalist Daniel Ben-Ami, he discusses affluence and how many current notions seek to limit wealth gain. He feels that this is not the path to a more equal world, but instead encouraging greater prosperity to all instead of demonizing it. With plenty of thoughtful principles, "Ferraris for All" is an excellent and insightful collection of work, very highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Growth Skeptics Need Not Apply Sept. 27 2010
By JBD - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed Daniel Ben-Ami's "Ferraris For All" as it delves into some of the uncharted waters of the American psyche addressing issues that are very often dismissed. It brings to light a lot of the implicit underlying or "black market" growth skepticism you see here in the US like the politician or superrich who encourages higher/additional unnecessary costs stifling the entrepreneurial spirit and making it harder for others to benefit from potential growth. These types of elitist actions are examples of the underground opposition to growth. It is a great read for all who are willing to open their minds recognizing growth suppression as Ben-Ami brings it to light.

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