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Any Way You Slice It

The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing

Stan Cox

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New Press
07 May 2013
Society & Social Sciences; The environment
Rationing: it's a word and an idea that people often loathe and fear. Health care expert Henry Aaron has compared mentioning the possibility of rationing to 'shouting an obscenity in church.' Yet societies in fact ration food, water, medical care and fuel all the time, with those who can pay the most getting the most. In Any Way You Slice It, Stan Cox shows that rationing is not just a quaint practice restricted to war memoirs.
By:   Stan Cox
Imprint:   New Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   482g
ISBN:   9781595588098
ISBN 10:   1595588094
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   07 May 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stan Cox is a plant breeder at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He has written on environmental issues for newspapers nationwide, including the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and for many online publications. He is the author of Losing Our Cool (The New Press).<br>

Reviews for Any Way You Slice It: The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing

An iconoclast of the best kind, Stan Cox has an all-too-rare commitment to following arguments wherever they lead, however politically dangerous that turns out to be. In this richly informative and deeply courageous book, he tackles one of the greatest taboos of our high-consumer culture: the need to consume less and to fairly share what's left. --Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine Today, rationing is about as acceptable a topic of conversation as hemorrhoids. But that doesn't mean it isn't happening. In fact, we do it every day and our reluctance to admit it serves us poorly. From death panels to water wars, Any Way You Slice It explains with wit and sophistication how rationing happens. More important, Stan Cox gives us the tools to talk about rationing sensibly. And if we heed him, those conversations will not only be better informed, but might even lead to a better democracy. --Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing A cool and cogent analysis of a taboo subject...a brilliant opening of a global dialogue on who gets what, when, why, and how. --David W. Orr, Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College The warning signs are flashing ominously everywhere you turn: warming climate, swelling populations, dwindling water supplies, rising food costs, a host of new deadly diseases, and a widening chasm between the super-rich and the destitute. The ecological crisis afflicting the planet has mutated into a savage political and economic crisis that threatens to erode the very foundations of human culture. Time is running out for incremental, piecemeal solutions to these looming global threats. In Any Way You Slice It, Stan Cox offers a way out through a kind of ethical and rational triage. He maps out a plan to ration the Earth's shrinking resources in a way that is socially just and ecologically sane. This brave book is not for the timid or those frozen by political taboos, but it is ae


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