The book describes how our single minded pursuit of prosperity has constrained politics from being a force for good. Our comfortable bubble of economic prosperity separates us from the poverty of the recent past as well as from the poorest parts of the world today. We have never been richer or more deeply immersed in materialism and consumption. And as the great response to the global financial crisis demonstrates, with its banking bail out and massive fiscal stimulus, the economic power of the Western world is profound.
Why is it then, in the rich second decade of the twenty-first century, that we do not live in some sort of advanced paradise?