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“With great lucidity and confidence in a dazzling array of fields, Patel reveals how we inflate the cost of things we can (and often should) live without, while assigning absolutely no value to the resources we all need to survive. This is a deeply thought-provoking book about the dramatic changes we must make to save the planet from financial madness -- argued with so much humor and humanity that the enormous tasks ahead feel both doable and desirable. This is Raj Patel's great gift: he makes even the most radical ideas seem not only reasonable, but inevitable. A brilliant book.” ―Naomi Klein, author The Shock Doctrine
“As we confront the crisis in the worldview of orthodox economics, Raj Patel offers us a whole new way to think about price and value. Bracingly written and full of surprises, The Value of Nothing is itself invaluable, showing us a path out of the darkness of the economic woods.” ―Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma
“With THE VALUE OF NOTHING, Raj Patel has done something of great value: in language utterly clear, concise, literate, and engaging, he takes readers through the murk and mess of the economy's collapse. He shows the hows and whys, how we seem bent on a repeat (no real substantive changes to the practices that got us where we are, at the policy level), but also how we, in our communities, if not larger concerted efforts, have some power to right the course. What Raj Patel did so brilliantly with food in STUFFED AND STARVED, he now does so with money and the economy.” ―Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company
“In this riveting eye-opener of a book, Patel dismantles with great fluidity and precision the reigning theory of the free market and its applications: how it creates in our global society deep inequalities of power, based solely on the diktat that our fundamental needs (water, decent food, housing, health care) are worthless because not profitable, and thus leading to economic chaos and a loss of community empowerment. But there is also hope in the emergence of social groups around the world who are insisting and reclaiming ‘the right to have rights' through their democratic engagement. Patel brilliantly shows us how both a fairer society and a sustainable economy are possible as long as we are willing to seize back our freedom to choose from colluding governments and corporations. ‘The Value of Nothing' should be required reading for any self-respecting citizen of the world.” ―Marie du Vaure, Vroman's Bookstore
“It's only January 2010, and we already have a candidate for the most important book of the year. Raj Patel's The Value of Nothing takes aim at the conservative orthodoxy that has dominated American politics and economics for the last several decades, and he scores a direct hit.” ―Bill Petrocelli, Book Passage
This is a very good book, full of fresh insights into how the "free market" system really works. Read morePublished 12 months ago by TB
The author addresses some key aspects of the modern industrialized 21 st century world, where we as a society have decided to disproportionately reward speculators and corrupt CEOs... Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Orwell
All I can say is buy it! You won't be disappointed only intrigued. Shipped fast and packaged nicely! A Must Read!Published on April 15, 2013 by Kirsten W.
The book was pretty unbiased, and it made some really good points. I enjoyed the read, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to get some simple insight on the economy.Published on April 8, 2013 by Miranda
There is more to life than money and economics. And there are more kinds of economics than the sort that currently rules this world. Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Lambarie