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Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as…

Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered (1973)

by E. F. Schumacher

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There's a quote of Schumacher's in the book as commentary which really gets to the core of the book's message.
"Economics without Buddhism, i.e. without spiritual, human, and ecological values, is like sex without love."
Economics, especially the advance of capitalism, should be considered in the context of priorities & values. The health of a society cannot be measured solely by it's market health & GDP.
A very worthwhile read.
  drmom62 | Jul 10, 2014 |
Frankly depressing to read this eminently sane, eloquent, well-defended, ethical book 40 years after its original publication and look at how all of the ills it describes are still with us. In the last 40 years our economic system has gone on galloping at breakneck speed in exactly the opposite direction from the one Schumacher endorses, with precisely the consequences he describes. It's like reading a book about the danger of runaway trains from the compartment of a runaway train. ( )
  CSRodgers | Jun 4, 2014 |
(one of 24 books found today at 2nd hand shop...24 for $10!)
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Oof, tried to read this but found it dated and preachy. Some of Schumacher's fundamental ideas are wonderful and important, but I can't read books that make blanket statements about the iniquity and moral vacuity of modern society & how things were better before the 19th/20th/21st century.

Also, if you're writing for an audience of non-conformists in the seventies and you're NOT a feminist, shame on you. (Schumacher says that "most" women shouldn't have to work, yet claims that meaningful work is a human right. Um.) ( )
  raschneid | Mar 31, 2013 |
Read for class.

Several extremely interesting economic ideas, including pointing out some of the flaws with some economic statistical models, as well as offering some very interesting solutions. I admit some of these are too idealistic to be practical, but many of them are very interesting. The book also has a clearly religious disposition, which may turn off some freethinkers, but the ideas are still substantial enough to be considered and applied, as seen in the Bhutan.

A very interesting book. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
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It is in the very human experiences of compassion, dignity and creative spirit that Schumacher locates a sustainable human path. For instance, he challenges the blind pursuit of techno­logical “advancement” and computerized systems when human-scale technology would better serve communities and provide opportunities to perform meaningful work.

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For nearly two centuries -- since Adam Smith published his Wealth of Nations in 1776 -- economists have been advertising themselves as the most rigorous and successful of all social scientists. The aspiration has transcended ideological boundaries.
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One of the most fateful errors of our age is the belief that 'the problem of production' has been solved.
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The classic of common-sense economics. "Enormously broad in scope, pithily weaving together threads from Galbraith and Gandhi, capitalism and Buddhism, science and psychology."-- The New Republic

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