Reading The Affluent Society is a revitalising and empowering shot in the arm for anyone
questioning in any way what JK calls the 'conventional wisdom'. The book, first written in
1958 and then reissued as a new edition in 1998 is an astonishing tour de force, debunking
and deconstructing the tenets of the 'central tradition' of economics.
by John Jopling. A good test of the usefulness of an academic book is: has it helped us to think differently? This book seeks to do precisely that: it seeks to persuade the reader to think differently about climate governance. In my case it has succeeded.
Philip B. Smith & Manfred Max-Neef's Economics Unmasked
leans more towards conspiracy than cock-up as it compellingly spells out the disastrous effects of the 'free' market on individuals, communities and the planet.
In this review of the book Depletion and Abundance
by Sharon Astyk, Dennis Lum outlines Asytk's suggestions for adjustment to a post-peak-oil future by means of re-valuing the informal economy, particularly those parts of it that are traditionally seen as women's work, together with locally-based industry and the cultivation of plants. He concludes that it is "a wise and thoughtful book filled with optimism and passion for a future that is anchored in realism if only we would embrace it".
from individualistic to social economics
Economics for the Common Good
Mark A. Lutz
Routledge, London, 1998
ISBN: 0415143136, £18.99 in UK
What do Gandhi, Herman Daly and the author of Small is Beautiful, E.F. Schumacher, have in common? All three tried (or in Daly’s case, is trying) to move economic thought away from the dehumanised, mathematical, and amoral stance that has formed the basis of conventional economics since the Industrial Revolution. They are consequently qualified to be called social or humanistic economists, the terms now used to describe thinkers who place human – and …