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Envy & Class Warfare

Posted in Business, Ethics, Philosophy, Politics by Michael LaBossiere on September 21, 2012

This concise work is aimed at presenting a philosophical look at economic disparity in the United States. Since this is a truly massive topic, this work is focused on specific aspects of this matter and is divided into sections based on these specifics. As might be imagined, I make no pretense of covering all aspects of economic disparity. Rather, I am focusing on matters that have tended to be at the forefront of the political debate in the United States in recent years. My overall objective is to provide a rational and unbiased (at least as far as that is possible) examination of these matters. My main hope is that this work will be of some use to the reader in sorting out some of these matters and in getting an enhanced understanding of the issues. I also hope to help the reader develop a better defense against some of the rhetoric and fallacies that are used all too often in the place of proper arguments.

Being a rational person (well, at least some of the time) and a philosopher I am open to the possibility that I am wrong in my view and in error in my arguments. As such, I invite people to present critical assessments of my work. My commitment is not to any specific agenda or ideology, but rather to the true and the good.

The work itself is divided into distinct sections. The first section, Economic Disparity, is a very brief look at some areas of economic disparity in the United States. The second section, Taxes, examines taxes from a philosophical perspective. The third section focuses on corporations—which might or might not be people. Fourth, I turn to the matters of class and class warfare. Not to worry, the revolution will be televised. Fifth, the state, democracy and the common good will be discussed. The book ends with envy, avarice and rhetoric.



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  1. Shouldland said, on September 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Looks like a great read. Will you bring it out in good old fashioned paperback?

    • Michael LaBossiere said, on September 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      If it proves popular enough. I can make the Kindle and Nook versions available for 99 cents, but a paperback would be considerably more. Amazon does have a print on demand service-I’ll probably start converting the book files for that over Christmas break.

      • Shouldland said, on September 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

        Will one of these formats work on my samsung galaxy tablet?

        • Michael LaBossiere said, on September 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

          You should be able to get both the Kindle reader and the Nook reader on the Galaxy. They are free apps. I’m not sure how locked down the Galaxy is, though.

  2. WTP said, on September 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    You’re writing a book which references economics? Well, in a world where Obama gets a Nobel Peace Prize, I suppose why not.

    As for Not to worry, the revolution will be televised…it’s already on the internet, at least it is in regards to education, and you’re missing it.

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