The Value of Nothing

The Value of Nothing

Why Everything Costs So Much More Than We Think

Book - 2009
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As retirement funds shrink, savings disappear and houses are foreclosed on, now is a good time to ask a question for which every human civilization has had an answer: why do things cost what they do? The Value of Nothing tracks down the reasons through history, philosophy, neuroscience and sociology, showing why prices are always at odds with the true value of the things that matter most to us.
      Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull sold for a record $100 million at auction. But if we account for the possibility that blood diamonds were used (as many suspect), the human cost is even greater. A Big Mac might seem like the best deal in these economic times, but after analyzing the energy to produce each burger, from field to Happy Meal, Patel argues the real price tag is a whopping $200. But it is easiest to see the gap between price and value by looking at things that are so-called free. Examining everything from Google to TV, from love to thoughts, The Value of Nothing reveals the hidden social consequences of our global culture of "freedom."
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2009
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781554686223
Branch Call Number: 338.521 PAT
Characteristics: 250 p. ; 22 cm

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mclarjh
Feb 07, 2018

Very opinionated. Journalistic style writing. Unpersuasive.

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dirtbag1
Apr 28, 2015

Outstanding book. I highly recommend reading this intelligent analysis of the fallacies underpinning our current 'free market' paradigm. An intelligent indictment of the way wealth is hoarded by the 1%. I didn't realize how large the percentage of hungry in the world are women and girls. Also I noticed that one of the previous comments pointed out the price of this book and therefore somehow this shows up the author for being ingenuous. However I notice the writer of this comment borrowed the book, as I did, from a public library. Another public service that the neo liberals would love to eliminate in order to move it into the private sphere where they can make a profit and if all goes well receive plenty of gov't subsidies and contracts.

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lilwordworm
Mar 11, 2011

I don’t hate this book and I am not trying to sound like a pure capitalist biatch, but this book is a tad self righteous. He urges us to give up the flawed concept of value and wants and instead to become full-time philanthropists or Buddhists or both. So tell me why this book costs $28.95CAD?

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May 18, 2010

Certainly Wall Street's record of late gives us all reason to doubt the benefit of the free enterprise corporate model, but Patel appears too radical to offer a reasonable alternative, although nice to think other possibilities do exist

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Niran
Feb 23, 2010

To develop a viable alternative to capitalism, it is essential that one look at the system critically instead of assuming that it is the best system and that it would be hopeless to try and create systems that are more fair.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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