AMERSTD 101 Chapter 1: John Galbraith, Affluent society

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John Galbraith, Affluent society
Postwar Era
Things became more accessible
Suburban homes
Automobiles
Problem of society
Final problem of a productive society is what it produces
Division between the poor and wealthy
-roughly divides the marketed and produced goods and services from publicly rendered
services
-but our wealth in privately produced goods is, to a marked degree, the cause of
crisis in the supply of public services
failed to see the importance, indeed the urgent need, of maintaining a balance
between the two
Discussion of public poverty and opulence of privately produced goods
Improvements of public systems would maximize society opportunities of private
luxury goods
There were attacks on the expansion of public services (notion that they were
excessive)
People felt free with the idea of using their income with the freedom of choice
-feel sacrifice for unity with paying taxes for schools
-funds used for defence that absorb funds out of public services
Expanding government was a threat to civil liberties
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