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The Culture of Contentment

John Kenneth Galbraith


The world has become increasingly separated into the haves and have nots. This book shows how a contented class—not the privileged few but the socially and economically advantaged majority—defend their comfortable status at a cost. Middle-class voting against regulation and increased taxation that would remedy pressing social ills has created a culture of immediate gratification, leading to complacency and hampering long-term progress. Only economic disaster, military action, or the eruption of an angry underclass seem capable of changing the status quo. A groundbreaking critique, the book sho ... More

Keywords: middle-class voting, regulation, taxation, immediate gratification, complacency, haves, have nots, economically advantaged, socially advantaged, military

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691171654
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691171654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Kenneth Galbraith, author