The various essays collected together in this book present a variety of causes for present discontents throughout the world. Many of the analyses can be described, broadly speaking, as “materialist” in their search for such causes. Some focus on aspects of international economic development (i.e., “globalization”); some on the increasing inequality within given countries, whether caused by globalization or other developments; others on the impact of what appears to be ever-expanding immigration, whether provoked by desires for a brighter economic future or by...
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