The Unaffordable Nation

The Unaffordable Nation

Searching for A Decent Life in America

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
The author argues that regardless of political leanings, economic class, gender, and ethnic and racial differences, Americans remain united in the conviction that individuals who work hard should receive decent wages and other resources in return. He goes on to propose a "covenant on affordability," outlining the respective obligations of government, corporations, and individuals in ensuring a life that is affordable for every person who is willing to work hard. A must-read for every American concerned about the decreasing value of his or her labor, alongside the rising costs of nearly everything.

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Many people have noticed that the health of the US economy now seems to require the economic hardship of people who work for a living. Jones (law, Lewis and Clark College, Oregon) addresses the issue by pointing out that there are two approaches for valuing labor, one economic and the other moral. The economic model holds that the supply and demand will provide the labor the economy needs to thrive; the moral model holds that human labor is intrinsically worth something, the exact amount to be negotiated. The two models are not compatible, he says and shows how their mismatch manifests in lawsuits and lotteries, credit welfare, the hatred of paupers, disability, and other facets of daily life. He has striven to make his account accessible to general educated readers. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
The Unaffordable Nation is a must read for any American concerned with the decreasing value of his or her labor when compared to the increasing cost of nearly everything else.

Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2007
ISBN: 9781591025153
Branch Call Number: 339.42 JON
Characteristics: 207 p. ; 22 cm


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