The Post Affluent Society

Review of Social Economy. Vol. 62, No. 3 (September 2004), pp. 407-420

14 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: September 1, 2004


Discomfort about the overarching goal of capitalist economies, and the idea that achieving ever higher levels of consumption of products and services is a vacuous goal, has been with us since the onset of industrialization. This contribution looks at the phenomenon and foundations of voluntary simplicity. Its psychological implications and consequences for societies are discussed

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Etzioni, Amitai, The Post Affluent Society (September 1, 2004). Review of Social Economy. Vol. 62, No. 3 (September 2004), pp. 407-420. Available at SSRN:

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