We’re excited to share excerpts from the new, hot-off-the-press book, Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them.
The book, a collaboration between psychologist, scholar, and New Dream Advisory Council member Tim Kasser and bestselling “overeducated cartoonist” Larry Gonick, is a sharp, digestible, and funny cartoon guide to how global, privatizing, market-worshipping hypercapitalism threatens human well-being, social justice, and the planet. But Gonick and Kasser don’t stop at an analysis of how the economic system got out of whack—they also point the way to a healthier future.
Hypercapitalism draws from contemporary research on values, well-being, and consumerism to describe concepts (corporate power, free trade, privatization, deregulation) that are critical for understanding the world we live in, and movements (voluntary simplicity, sharing, alternatives to GDP, protests) that have developed in response to the system.
Gonick and Kasser’s pointed and profound cartoon narratives provide a deep exploration of the global economy and the movements seeking to change it, all rendered in clear, graphic—and sometimes hilarious—terms.
Nomi Prins, author of All the Presidents’ Bankers and It Takes a Pillage, calls Hypercapitalism, “A truly unique, page-turning graphical account.... To embrace and act upon its message is to live better.”
We’re delighted to share the following excerpts from this enlightening, funny, and inspiring new book.