The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them

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"From the bestselling cartoonist of The Cartoon History of the Universe comes an explosive graphic takedown of capitalism Bestselling "overeducated cartoonist" Larry Gonick has delighted readers for years with sharp, digestible, and hilarious accounts of everything from the history of the universe to the story of calculus. Now Gonick teams up with psychologist and scholar Tim Kasser, an expert on how happiness and values relate to our materialist society, to create an incomparable cartoon guide to what, exactly, is wrong with modern life, why we're all so miserable-and what can be done about it. Hypercapitalism is an accessible and pointed cartoon guide to the threats to humans, our society, and the environment posed by the current form of global capitalism. A primer for the post-Occupy generation, Hypercapitalism also provides a concise introduction to the thinkers (Stiglitz, Piketty, Sandel, Schor, et al.), movements (voluntary simplicity, the sharing economy, intentional communities, the time-affluence movement), and concepts (hypercapitalism, corporate power, GNP alternatives), that are critical to understanding and changing the world we live in. In pointed, profound, and entertaining cartoon narratives, the authors take readers inside the inner workings of the global economy, rendering even the most complex ideas in clear, plain--and sometimes hilarious--terms"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781620972823
Call Number: 330.122 G588h
Characteristics: 230 pages : chiefly black and white illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Kasser, Tim - Author


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DBRL_Katie Jan 20, 2020

This book packs in a ton of detail but still manages to come across as concise. Definitely a benefit of the comics format. I found the later sections about the detrimental impacts of capitalism on our values especially engaging, as it grounded modern economics, which can understandably feel too theoretical and abstract, in human feelings and motivations.

Sep 13, 2019

I can't oversell this book - both in it's importance, impact, or sheer entertainment value. Larry Gonick's artwork is a pleasure (he is one of the few cartoonists who can draw characters I can identify from each other, I can't tell you the number of graphic novels I've given up on because I couldn't tell the characters apart), there are visual sight gags, puns, and of course, excellent educational material. Co-author Tim Kasser gives easy to understand descriptions of economic systems, how they relate to value systems, and best of all - what we as average people can do about it. If you've ever felt overwhelmed and hopeless about the current political and economic climate, I encourage you to check out this book.

Jul 19, 2018

Gonick is the cartoonist that made me interested in reading and making comics. I would recommend any of his books. I recommend this more than the others because I think this is a book with important information for everybody. This is an easily digestible and entertaining breakdown of how we got into the mess we're in, and some ways that we can make a difference, so that we will continue to have a planet and an economy for the future, and have a happier life today.

Apr 25, 2018

Part one explained what is hypercaptialism via cautionary fable & dissection. Why its short term profit driven interests counter long term interests of the community, food supply & the environment using United States as an example. Dark reading.
Part two explained more upbeat grassroots tactics & alternatives to counter it.
Author gave complex ideas into understandable humorous pictures & term for readers.
Bonus marks on full disclosure, transparency & bibliography on each chapter.

Apr 12, 2018

Well-written, informative, and darkly humorous. The cartooning is fun, too. Highly recommended.


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