This ground-breaking book exposes a deep moral and psychological malaise that has disastrously impacted all areas of society. While the author focuses primarily on economics, he points out that the malaise has also devastated social life, undermined the family, and gnawed at the very soul of the human person. Solutions proposed for a wide range of problems by economists, sociologists and politicians (both Left and Right) have not taken into account this underlying malaise, and so do more to aggravate those problems than solve them. Mr Horvat argues that we will never escape the endless crises of the modern world without a radical rethink of our received wisdom about economics and society. Mr Horvat’s solution leaves the reader intrigued, uplifted, and even hopeful.