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The United States of Excess: Gluttony and the Dark Side of American Exceptionalism

The United States of Excess Gluttony and the Dark Side of American Exceptionalism Compared to other wealthy countries America stands out as a gluttonous over consumer of both food and fuel The United States boasts an obesity prevalence double the industrial world average and per

  • Title: The United States of Excess: Gluttony and the Dark Side of American Exceptionalism
  • Author: Robert Paarlberg
  • ISBN: 9780199922628
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Compared to other wealthy countries, America stands out as a gluttonous over consumer of both food and fuel The United States boasts an obesity prevalence double the industrial world average, and per capita carbon emissions twice the average for Europe Still worse, the policy steps taken by America in response to obesity and climate change have so far been the weakest inCompared to other wealthy countries, America stands out as a gluttonous over consumer of both food and fuel The United States boasts an obesity prevalence double the industrial world average, and per capita carbon emissions twice the average for Europe Still worse, the policy steps taken by America in response to obesity and climate change have so far been the weakest in the industrial world These aspects of America s exceptionalism are nothing to be proud of.Is it possible that America is hard wired to consume too much food and fuel Unfortunately, yes, says Robert Paarlberg in The United States of Excess America s excess is driven in each case by its distinct endowment of material and demographic resources, its unusually weak national political institutions, and a unique political culture that celebrates both individual freedoms over social responsibility, and free markets over governmental authority America s over consumption is shown to be over determined Because of these powerful underlying circumstances, America s strongest policy response, both to climate change and obesity, will be adaptation rather than mitigation As the damaging consequences of climate change become manifest, America will not impose adequate measures to reduce fossil fuel consumption, attempting instead to protect itself from storms and sea level rise through costly infrastructure upgrades In response to the damaging health consequences of obesity, America will opt for medical interventions and physical accommodations, rather than the policy measures that would be needed to induce better diets or exercise These adaptation responses will generate serious equity problems, both at home and abroad Responding to obesity with medical interventions will fall short for those in America most prone to obesity racial minorities and the poor since these groups have never enjoyed adequate access to quality health care Responding to climate change by building resilient infrastructures at home, while allowing atmospheric concentrations of CO2 to continue their increase, will impose greater climate disruption on poor tropical countries, which are far less capable of self protection Awareness of these inequities must be the starting point toward altering America s current path.Links

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    1. "we are all equal in the eyes of God. But as Americans, that is not enough, we must be equal in the eyes of each other" ~ Ronald ReaganThe United States of Excess: Gluttony and the Dark Side of American Exceptionalism by Robert Paarlberg is a look at America's love of conspicuous consumption. Paarlberg is a professor at Wellesley College and Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He has written several books on food policy and politics including the [...]


    2. This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three- [...]



    3. Wow, this book dives into two topics I would have never linked together. Food and Fuel, their over-consumption by American's, and the resulting negative effects. Where this book is truly interesting is presenting analysis of how we got to where we are, how exceptionalism has lead to over-consumption, and why it is so hard to make change in these areas.As an example, American's value individual freedom over social democracy. We value personal responsibility and tend to mistrust of government. Bei [...]


    4. While this book was written in an informative way, I'm not satisfied with the information it possessed. It gives lots of important and interesting (for me) information about the USA itself, I enjoyed reading it (hence the rating), yet it is not very spot on.Apart from that, it is well-written and interesting. Doesn't abandon the important parts altogether for the sake of keeping it short. Overall, 4/5.


    5. I'll be honest: I didn't read the whole thing, but Paarlberg's opening argument served its purpose: to convince me of calories and precious resources that America wastes, at prodigious rates, everyday. It is a dangerous course for humanity and I hope that we will right our course somehow, though Paarlberg is not optimistic that we will: "Conclusions such as these, which point to flaws in national character, are painful to reach but impossible to avoid."


    6. Let me save you some time. Here's the book in a nutshell: Gluttony is an all-American quality. We overeat. We are obese and unhealthy. We consume too much energy. We are a greedy and hedonistic society. End of story. Why it takes thousands of words to say the same thing - over and over - is beyond me.






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