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The Acquisitive Society

In our current culture of information saturation it often helps to turn off the news feeds and political gamesmanship and review the current issues more broadly. Of course no circumstances are completely unique and we can gain a great deal of clarity through the writings of those who have lived through common times. The Acquisitive Society is a work written by R. H. Tawney in 1920 discussing the issues of income inequality and tendency for exclusively profit driven work to lack social purpose. It seems to be a relatively obscure book but definitely something that deserves another look. He begins with this criticism of the value of productivity.