The Value Of Nothing

How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy

Author: Raj Patel

Publisher: Granta

ISBN: 1846272467

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 176

View: 4436


'Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.' Credit has crunched, debt has turned toxic, the gears of the world economy have ground to a halt. Yet despite its failures, the same market-driven ideas are being applied to everything from famine to climate change. We need to ask again one of the most fundamental questions a society ever addresses: why do things cost what they do? Radical, original, nimbly argued, The Value of Nothing draws on ideas from history, philosophy, psychology and agriculture to show how we can build an economically and environmentally sound future.

Value Of Nothing

Why Everything Costs So Much More Than We Think

Author: Raj Patel

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

ISBN: 1554688485

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 6104


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.”


On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing (Large Print 16pt)

Author: Frank Ackerman


ISBN: 1459604253


Page: 356

View: 7603


As clinical as it sounds to express the value of human lives, health, or the environment in cold dollars and cents, cost-benefit analysis requires it. More disturbingly, this approach is being embraced by a growing number of politicians and conservative pundits as the most reasonable way to make many policy decisions regarding public health and the environment.By systematically refuting the economic algorithms and illogical assumptions that cost-benefit analysts flaunt as fact, Priceless tells a ''gripping story about how solid science has been shoved to the backburner by bean counters with ideological blinders'' (In These Times). Ackerman and Heinzerling argue that decisions about health and safety should be made ''to reflect not economists' numbers, but democratic values, chosen on moral grounds. This is a vividly written book, punctuated by striking analogies, a good deal of outrage, and a nice dose of humor'' (Cass Sunstein, The New Republic). Essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of human health and environmental protection, Priceless ''shines a bright light on obstacles that stand in the way of good government decisions'' (Public Citizen News).

The Value of Nothing

Mastering Business Valuations

Author: Julian Roche

Publisher: Global Professional Publishi

ISBN: 9780852976876

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 231

View: 1208


Introduces, explains and criticises a variety of valuation techniques and indicators. Includes discounted cash flow (DCF), weighted average cost of capital (WACC), excess earnings, cash flow return on investment (CFROI) and economic value added dividends (EVA), real options, asset valuations, and valuations using ratios as-well-as 'rule of thumb' valuation models. Assesses each method's usefulness in producing a valuation which is applicable in the "real world". Presents the available business valuation software and suggests ways of combining methods to achieve a valuation, including continuous valuation by the management team.

The Value of Nothing

Author: Kim Wiltshire

Publisher: Aurora Metro Publications Ltd.

ISBN: 1911501968

Category: Drama

Page: 72

View: 3538


An interactive comedy play about the value of art in society. Entrepreneur Vince Fine and his small team are launching Artworks, a new initiative to help get unemployed people engaged in making Art. Unfortunately for Vince, the launch is dogged by infighting among his team, surprise guests and the fact that his girlfriend is pregnant and upset... What else could possibly go wrong? Exploring issues of how society views those living on welfare benefits, the ‘creative industries’ and what we should value in life, this dark comedy (running in real time) charts the fall from grace of the central comedic hero, Vince Fine, as he watches everything he’s ever dreamed of slip from his fingers. Includes some audience participation and interaction. About the playwright Kim is a writer and also a lecturer and Programme Leader for Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. Her plays include Joy With Child (2010) for Organised Chaos, The Loser (2009) at Camden People’s theatre as well as a range of plays for young people for Activ8 at Bolton Octagon, Lime Arts and Health, Lets Go Global and Mothers Against Violence, and Burnley Youth Theatre – including Polarised in 2003, the first play about the Burnley riots in 2001 and the first play she had ever written! In 2013 she was part of a North West co-operative of playwrights called the Alligator Club, creating pop-up theatre, and she co-wrote and curated Blackout at The Dukes in Lancaster and Pages From My Songbook at The Royal Exchange in Manchester. In 2014 she toured the first Laid Bare show, Project XXX, which she co-wrote with Paul Hine. In 2015 she was part of the Royal Exchange’s Next Stages group and was commissioned to write one of the monologues for the first Come Closer event, which was called Triple the Price of a Fruit Cake. She lives with her husband and two sons in Manchester. About previous work Comedy values aside, this is a fresh and timely piece of exploratory theatre. Project XXX maintains that it did not intend to provide any answers but simply to ask the questions. −Sarah Bloomer, What’s On Stage ...This, of course, is all in keeping with the theme, and breathes life into the Lantern theatre space like no production I’ve seen there before. The multimedia element gave a dimension to the drama that really gave Project XXX a boost. −Vicky Andersen, Made Up in Liverpool Project XXX is a disturbing look at an issue that’s becoming ever more relevant. With youngsters as young as 13 filming and distributing explicit imagery of themselves, Project XXX is trying to gain an understanding of why. −Martin Charlton, The Edge Chorlton

The Quote Verifier

Who Said What, Where, and When

Author: Ralph Keyes

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429906173

Category: Reference

Page: 416

View: 5657


Our language is full of hundreds of quotations that are often cited but seldom confirmed. Ralph Keyes's The Quote Verifier considers not only classic misquotes such as "Nice guys finish last," and "Play it again, Sam," but more surprising ones such as "Ain't I a woman?" and "Golf is a good walk spoiled," as well as the origins of popular sayings such as "The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings," "No one washes a rented car," and "Make my day." Keyes's in-depth research routinely confounds widespread assumptions about who said what, where, and when. Organized in easy-to-access dictionary form, The Quote Verifier also contains special sections highlighting commonly misquoted people and genres, such as Yogi Berra and Oscar Wilde, famous last words, and misremembered movie lines. An invaluable resource for not just those with a professional need to quote accurately, but anyone at all who is interested in the roots of words and phrases, The Quote Verifier is not only a fascinating piece of literary sleuthing, but also a great read.

You Know The Cost Of Everything And The Value Of Nothing-Journal For Self Exploration

A Motivational Notebook Gift For Yourself, Coworkers, Families, Friends, Relatives, Colleagues, Employees, Etc. A Journal For Self Exploration. 110-Pages Blank Notebook

Author: Journal for Self Exploration

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781677115891


Page: 112

View: 3703


This is A Journal For Self Exploration - Which helps people to nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. An Amazing Motivating Journal Notebook Gifts For Yourself, Coworkers, Group members, Boss, Friends, Relatives, Group members, Colleagues, Employees, Staff Members, ETC. A unique writing journal to help you nurture your self-exploration through creative means and mindfulness.Grab this amazing Journal For Self Exploration Gift to show your appreciation today!This Journal For Self Exploration is perfect appreciation gift that will give anyone a big smile and laugh. + 110 pages of lined paper which is great for journals with high quality lined white paper inside. + Stylish matte finish softcover with an appealing minimalist design.Wow! This is a perfect and inexpensive gift for Birthdays, Valentine's Gifts, Anniversaries, Christmas and New Year Gifts, Going Away Present, Vacation Present, Employee Appreciation Day, Or Any Special Occasion.A journal is a record that can be used to detail everything from your feelings about a particular situation in your social life to your thoughts on a current event. This start where you are journal for self exploration is a perfect gift you can give anyone and they will love and appreciate it.

The Socioeconomic Effects of Public Sector Information on Digital Networks

Toward a Better Understanding of Different Access and Reuse Policies: Workshop Summary

Author: National Research Council,Working Party on the Information Economy Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,Policy and Global Affairs,Board on Research Data and Information,U.S. National Committee for CODATA

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309140706

Category: Computers

Page: 104

View: 9826


While governments throughout the world have different approaches to how they make their public sector information (PSI) available and the terms under which the information may be reused, there appears to be a broad recognition of the importance of digital networks and PSI to the economy and to society. However, despite the huge investments in PSI and the even larger estimated effects, surprisingly little is known about the costs and benefits of different information policies on the information society and the knowledge economy. By understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the current assessment methods and their underlying criteria, it should be possible to improve and apply such tools to help rationalize the policies and to clarify the role of the internet in disseminating PSI. This in turn can help promote the efficiency and effectiveness of PSI investments and management, and to improve their downstream economic and social results. The workshop that is summarized in this volume was intended to review the state of the art in assessment methods and to improve the understanding of what is known and what needs to be known about the effects of PSI activities.

The Economist's View of the World

Author: Steven E. Rhoads

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521317641

Category: Political Science

Page: 331

View: 1219


This book explains and assesses the ways in which micro, welfare and benefit-cost economists view the world of public policy. In general terms, microeconomic concepts and models can be seen to appear regularly in the work of political scientists, sociologists and psychologists. As a consequence, these and related concepts and models have now had sufficient time to influence strongly and to extend the range of policy options available to government departments. The central focus of this book is the 'cross-over' from economic modelling to policy implementation, which remains obscure and uncertain. The author outlines the importance of a wider knowledge of microeconomics for improving the effects and orientation of public policy. He also provides a critique of some basic economic assumptions, notably the 'consumer sovereignty principle'. Within this context the reader is in a better position to understand the 'marvellous insights and troubling blindnesses' of economists where often what is controversial politically is not so controversial among economists.

Handbook of Public Finance

Author: Fred Thompson,Mark T. Green

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780824701345

Category: Political Science

Page: 684

View: 7805


Presenting emphases on and approaches to issues such as government spending, reporting, pricing and fiscal federalism, the Handbook of Public Finance demonstrates the utility of integrating public finance theory with actual public policy practices. It discusses applications in major subfields of public finance, including public education, environmental regulation, energy policy, social welfare programs, and local and state politics. Other topics of discussion include the theory and practice of tax incidence analysis; the marginal costs of taxation and regulation, the economics of expenditure incidence, discounting and the social discount rate; passive use benefits, and public sector pricing.