Creating More Elbow Room

To mark the fifth anniversary of Feasta co-founder Richard Douthwaite’s death, and in light of current world events, we’re featuring this chapter from his book Short Circuit which is perhaps even more relevant today than it was back in 1996. It describes the pernicious effects of world trade at present and the need to move towards a more human economy, and then argues for three new approaches.

“In the world economy, only a very limited range of activities is commercially feasible in most communities because of the intensity of competition from outside. We must therefore build independent, parallel economies if we are to fill more of our needs for ourselves.”

Read the chapter

In memoriam: Richard Douthwaite

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