Warren Buffett is worth nearly $50 billion. Does he "deserve" all this money? Buffett himself will tell you that "society is responsible for a very significant...... more
Warren Buffett is worth nearly $50 billion. Does he "deserve" all this money? Buffett himself will tell you that "society is responsible for a very significant percentage of what I've earned." Unjust Deserts offers an entirely new approach to the wealth question. In a lively synthesis of modern economic, technological, and cultural research, Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly demonstrate that up to 90 percent (and perhaps more) of current economic output derives not from individual ingenuity, effort, or investment but from our collective inheritance of scientific and technological knowledge: an inheritance we all receive as a "free lunch." Alperovitz and Daly then pursue the implications of this research, persuasively arguing that there is no reason any one person should be entitled to that inheritance. Recognizing the true dimensions of our unearned inheritance leads inevitably to a new and powerful moral case for wealth redistribution-and to a series of practical policies to achieve it in an era when the disparities have become untenable.
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...The book, The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Science Fiction is edited by David G. Hartwell. It boasts on the front cover: that it is: "The biggest and best science Fiction Anthology Ever Published". And there, as they say, is the rub. Is it?
Although I acknowledge that there are a great many good science fiction stories in this anthology, I would have to argue against it being the best. And as...
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...The Fantasy & Science Fiction Book Club (FSF) is an online and catalogue based book club, offering readers the chance to purchase Fantasy and Science Fiction books, at great savings against the recommended retail price (RRP).
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I originally joined FSF in June 03, on the recommendation of a friend, and have purchased many books from the FSF website. I rarely...
Advantages: Wonderful way to pass many afternoons together and learn science while having fun. Disadvantages: N/A
...at an earlier age, and my 3 year old does have fun when we do this, but I feel age 6 would be the minimum to really understand much of the science behind the fun. That said you can have fun with this book at any age. I do think an most children could do this without any parental help by age 9, so perhaps that is where the age recommendation comes in - but I also think these books are more fun done as a family...