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Author Cowen, Tyler.

Title The complacent class [OverDrive electronic resource] : The self-defeating quest for the American dream / Tyler Cowen.

Edition Unabridged.
Imprint Rego Park : Your Coach Digital, 2017.
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Description 1 online resource (8 audio files) : digital
Playing Time 07:39:20
Description audio file rda
Note Unabridged.
Performer Narrator: Walter Dixon.
Summary Since Alexis de Tocqueville, restlessness has been accepted as a signature American trait. Our willingness to move, take risks, and adapt to change have produced a dynamic economy and a tradition of innovation from Ben Franklin to Steve Jobs. The problem, according to legendary blogger, economist and best selling author Tyler Cowen, is that Americans today have broken from this tradition...we're working harder than ever to avoid change. We're moving residences less, marrying people more like ourselves and choosing our music and our mates based on algorithms that wall us off from anything that might be too new or too different. Match.com matches us in love. Spotify and Pandora match us in music. Facebook matches us to just about everything else. Of course, this "matching culture" brings tremendous positives: music we like, partners who make us happy, neighbors who want the same things. We're more comfortable. But, according to Cowen, there are significant collateral downsides attending this comfort, among them heightened inequality and segregation and decreased incentives to innovate and create. The Complacent Class argues that this cannot go on forever. We are postponing change, due to our near-sightedness and extreme desire for comfort, but ultimately this will make change, when it comes, harder. The forces unleashed by the Great Stagnation will eventually lead to a major fiscal and budgetary crisis: impossibly expensive rentals for our most attractive cities, worsening of residential segregation, and a decline in our work ethic. The only way to avoid this difficult future is for Americans to force themselves out of their comfortable slumber to embrace their restless tradition again.
System Details Requires OverDrive Listen (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive app (file size: 215341 KB).
Subject Social mobility -- United States.
Social classes -- United States.
Migration, Internal -- United States.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1980-
United States -- Economic conditions -- 2009-
Genre Electronic audiobooks.
Added Author Dixon, Walter, narrator.
ISBN 9781469066271 (sound recording)
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