"We live firstly in families, and only expediently under hierarchies," writes Patrick Noble, drawing his argument from the writings of Fernand Braudel, Francis Pryor, Susan Oosthuizen and Adam Smith.
Patrick Noble makes a case for capitalism - assuming that 'capital' is taken to mean 'spiritual, pleasurable and human assets, combined with that which maintains all those things'.
The current system for introducing money into the economy has adverse effects, both social and environmental. Graham Barnes argues for a better strategic framework for the first use of money, and a clearer explanatory narrative to facilitate consent.
Patrick Noble argues that we should make the best of the remaining time we have before collapse occurs "to build islands of a real economy which can emerge more or less intact from beneath the smoke and embers."
"Anyone looking for an excellent description of the damaging effects of austerity will find it in this book. Anyone looking for an analysis of the ecological crisis and what to do about may be disappointed," writes Brian Davey.
Mike Sandler discusses four economic policies that have been in the news lately: Basic Income, Public Banking, Negative Interest, and QE for the People.