Money Changes Everything
First EditionLawrence Weinstein©2014
Money Changes Everything explores questions around the concept and institution of money. Helping to prepare you to write about relevant topics in this area, readings by a range of economists, philosophers, reporters, artists, and ordinary citizens are included.
Table of Contents
1. Can We Buy Happiness?David G. Myers, The Funds, Friends, and Faith of Happy PeopleThe Roper Center, The Good Life Charles Murray, What’s So Bad About Being Poor? Barbara Ehrenreich, Serving in FloridaRebecca Curtis, Twenty GrandJuliet Schor, Spending Becomes YouMasterCard, PricelessElizabeth Warren, The Vanishing Middle ClassSheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, and Thomas A. Pyszczynski, Lethal Consumption: Death-Denying Materialism2. How Does Money Shape Relationships?Melanie Scheller, On the Meaning of Plumbing and PovertyNorman Rockwell, New Kids in the NeighborhoodDavid Amsden, What’s a Little Money Between Friends?Mary Loftus, Till Debt Do Us PartCarey Goldberg, Shaken Baby Cases on the IncreaseMary Kay Foundation , Survey of Shelters for Women Meera Nair, My Inheritance3. Is Money To Blame for Unethical Conduct?Horatio Alger, Excerpt from Ragged Dick David Callahan, Cheating in a Bottom-line EconomyMark Dowie, Pinto Madness Milton Friedman, The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits Occupy Wall Street, You Can’t Evict an Idea Whose Time Has Come Arianna Huffington, CSI USA: Who Killed the American Dream? Bradley Smith, Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform 4. Can Huge Differences in Wealth Be Justified?Toni Cade Bambara, The LessonMichael Powell, Wealth, Race and the Great Recession Briallen Hopper and Johanna Hopper, Should Working-Class People Get B.A.’s and Ph.D.’s? Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Income Gains at the Top Arthur C. Brooks, Inequality and (Un)happiness in America Georges de la Tour, The Fortune Teller Diego Rivera, The Night of the Rich and The First Tractor Warren Buffett, Stop Coddling the Super-Rich Maimonides, Mishneh Torah Peter Singer, Rich and Poor 5. Has Money Blinded Us to Higher Values?Parade Magazine, What People Earn Ann Crittenden, from The Price of Motherhood Slate Magazine, Gender Income Inequality by State and County Michael Sandel, What Money Can’t Buy: Military Service Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Dollar Sign Murray Sperber, College Sports, Inc. Mark Slouka, Quitting the Paint Factory David Van Biema and Jeff Chu, Does God Want You to Be Rich? Quentin Massys, The Banker and His Wife E.F. Schumacher, Buddhist Economics Sundry Authors, Has the Pursuit of Money Become a Religion?