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At What Cost

Nonfiction: Science
Unabridged   11 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/27/2021

At What Cost

Modern Capitalism and the Future of Health 1st Edition

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696605397


An incisive and powerful investigation of corporate impact on human and planetary well-being.

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Freedom of choice lies at the heart of American society. Every day, individuals decide what to eat, which doctors to see, who to connect with online, and where to educate their children. Yet, many Americans don't realize that these choices are illusory at best. The available options in food, healthcare, education, transportation, and even online presence are largely constructed by corporations, whose sweeping influence have made them the public face and executive agents of twenty-first-century capitalism.

At What Cost confronts how globalization, financial speculation, monopolies, and control of science and technology have enhanced the ability of corporations and their allies to overwhelm influences of government, family, community, and faith. As corporations manipulate demand through skillful marketing and veto the choices that undermine their bottom line, free consumer choice has all but disappeared, and with it, the personal protections guarding our collective health. At What Cost argues that the world created by twenty-first-century capitalism is simply not fit to solve our most serious public health problems. However, Nicholas Freudenberg also shows that though the road is steep, human and planetary well-being constitute a powerful mobilizing idea for a new social movement, one that will restore the power of individual voice to our democracy.

Author Bio

Nicholas Freudenberg is Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, and founder of Corporations and Health Watch, a website that monitors the impact of corporations on health.