What is Real Wealth?

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A Ruskinian framework for economic justice.

On New Year’s Day, 1844, John James Ruskin, the father of Victorian art and social critic John Ruskin gave his twenty-four-year-old son a seascape by J.M.W. Turner to honor the publication of the first volume of Modern Painters, which had rocketed the young man to fame. Ruskin had declared it the finest work of England’s greatest painter: “If I were reduced to rest Turner’s immortality upon any single work,” he wrote, “I should choose this.’”