Book Review: Less is More by J. Hickel
So with climate change coming and ever wondering why this is all happening, I sometimes read books that have nothing to do with archaeology. This time, I read Less is More by J. Hickel. It is a book about de-growth and it is soooo good. If you want to understand what capitalism does to our environment, give this book a read!
Less is More by J. Hickel
Jason Hickel’s “Less is More” offers a unique insight into the struggles of the globalised world. It is a thought-provoking and timely analysis of the global economy and its effects on the planet and its inhabitants. Hickel argues that the current economic system is highly unequal. A few countries and corporations reaping the majority of the benefits, while the majority of people suffer from the consequences. He advocates for a more equitable and sustainable economic system that would lead to greater well-being for all.
The book’s primary argument is that the current global economy is an extractive system. Hickel looks at the history of global economic development. He exposes the ways in which the current system has perpetuated inequality and suffering. He argues that the current system of global economic growth is unsustainable. Also, it will eventually lead to the collapse of the global economy. Sounds great right?
What to do?
Hickel also looks at alternative economic models and explores how they could be implemented in order to achieve greater equity and sustainability. He argues that the current system of global capitalism has created a world of economic and social inequality and that it is not the only option. He advocates for a more equitable and sustainable economic system that would lead to greater well-being for all.
Hickel’s “Less is More” is a highly relevant book for those interested in global economics and the effects of globalisation. He offers a comprehensive and thoughtful analysis of the current global economy and its effects on the planet and its inhabitants. His arguments are well-supported by evidence and his writing is clear and concise. This book should be read by anyone interested in learning more about the current global economy and what can be done about it.
Dr. Jason Hickel is an economic anthropologist, author, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.