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The End of Affluence Mass Market Paperback – November 12, 1978

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 12, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345281497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345281494
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,729,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain Ahab on June 7, 2013
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Whilst this book is outdated now, it's worth reading for the scholar or interested lay person who wants a retrospective on Ehrlich's views from an earlier period.

This book has all of Ehrlich's frankly rather tedious jeremiads against modern civilisation, but it also has some interesting arguments which he has more recently finessed out of his position, presumably after criticism.

For example, in one interesting passage Ehrlich urges his readers to begin a letter writing campaign to their Senators to demand that all food aid (and other aid) to "UDCs" (undeveloped countries) be halted immediately. Note that this isn't conditional, it's a categorical demand. No food aid for the starving in Africa, or elsewhere, as this apparently only exacerbates the problem.

Reading this with hindsight, you wonder how it is that someone with such an obviously reactionary agenda has managed to stay in favour for so long. His calls for an end to "affluence" and "growth" reasonate with sections of society who perhaps do not fully comprehend Ehrlich's position on such matters as immigration.
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