Any Way You Slice It (Hardcover)

The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing

By Stan Cox

New Press, 9781595588098, 323pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2013

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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 this book, Stan Cox shows that rationing is not just a quaint practice restricted to war memoirs. Instead, he persuasively argues that rationing is a vital concept for the fragile present in an era of dwindling resources and environmental crises.

About the Author

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).