This book is hurting my head! But it is a great book for teaching as it has lots of material. And it’s relatively modern (written in 1917). And it’s “out there.” It also goes very well with The Vested Interests and the Common Man. The problem is that Veblen’s language would (and likely did) make Orwell cringe. He uses lots of long words when he could use shorter ones, adds words that can clearly be cut out without any change in the text’s meaning, and uses lots of words whose origins/etymologies are non-English. So it is a classic case of great ideas clouded by bad writing.