What is my life for? As affluence spreads ... hundreds of millions of people will be asking just this question. That they can ask it is in and of itself a great moral achievement, because it opens up to innumerable ordinary people the avenues of human fulfillment that were previously open only to aristocrats. Yet at the same time it is a strangely disquieting question, because there is no complete answer to it within the modern techno-capitalist framework.The Founders promised "the pursuit of happiness," but they didn't explain where happiness can be found, or even what it is. D'Souza argues that it must not be found in materialism--in both the consumerist sense of the word as well as the philosophical one. In a time of unprecedented prosperity, of course, the temptation is to find happiness exactly there, and the threat is profound: materialism may "transform our very nature as human beings and possibly introduce a new species in the world, the posthuman." D'Souza does not welcome this prospect (and consequently sounds very conservative indeed). The Virtue of Prosperity is a bold and thoroughly engrossing book. Readers won't need to agree with every one of D'Souza's points to find his many digressions fascinating. Whether he's writing about an extravagant Silicon Valley party, describing the ideas of Richard Dawkins, or making a casual reference to Marcus Aurelius, he's at once erudite and accessible. It's not always clear where he's going with his ideas until he gets there, but he makes the journey a pure joy. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The real challenge is that the environment is a very complex systems problem.
D'Souza has a deft touch that makes his book at once highly readable, intellectually stimulating, and thought provoking.
Most people will probably be somewhere in between, falling in "Party of Either/Or" or "Party of Maybe/But Maybe Not."
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It is an extremely good book. It does not make for casual bed-time reading as it discusses involved and abstruse concepts in a thoughtful, nuanced manner and consequently demands... Read morePublished on April 2, 2008 by Sutirtha Bagchi
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I like Dinesh D'Souza. If you don't you probably won't like this book because he writes from himself with passion for his topic and point of view. Read morePublished on August 2, 2004 by Craig Matteson
Dinesh did it again with this piece of literary genius! Well maybe it isn't genius, but it is informative and entertaining. Read morePublished on October 7, 2003 by Kevin Smith
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