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Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People…

Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (original 1973; edition 1989)

by E. F. Schumacher

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Title:Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered
Authors:E. F. Schumacher
Info:Harper Perennial (1989), Paperback, 352 pages
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Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher (1973)



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Parte bien pero creo que le sobran paginas, en algunos puntos ya comienza a repetirse. ( )
  maxtrek | Jan 30, 2019 |
Still as relevant today as it was then. Schumacher argues, convincingly, for a change in how we relate to each other and to the world around us and gives examples of alternative ways of organisation that have worked before and that can work again. It's inspiring to see how his ideas have evolved since then and are used now -for example realised in modern cooperatives - but at the same time it's disheartening to see how little has changed since then in terms of large-scsale adoption of these ideas; even when we already knew things were bad decades ago.

Definitely worth a read if you're looking for alternatives to capitalism - conceptually and concretely. ( )
  dintaro | Jul 23, 2018 |
A classic treatise on Gandhian economics, or as the title says, "people centered economics". Schumacher provides a good criticism of the modern methods of production that resulted from the desacrilisation of nature and man. Production relations that resulted in the alienation of man from his work and creative spirit, and the culture of mass production and mass consumption that led to the ruthless and violent exploitation of nature.
He rightly challenges the unsustainable path of accumulation and consumption and the Keynesian economic models that are built on the principles of market individualism and social non-responsibility. He challenges the modern politics where economic growth has become the highest of all values and the human, cultural and ecological concerns have become subordinated to it.

This isn't just romantic idealism. Schumacher gives many practical ideas regarding using intermediate technology to enable production by masses and some interesting case studies and ideas regarding common ownership of the means of production. ( )
  kasyapa | Oct 9, 2017 |
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  BmoreMetroCouncil | Feb 9, 2017 |
It must be so frustrating to be ahead of your time: to know that you have an important message only to find that the world is not ready to listen. Schumacher's book is so foresighted that, even now, many people have not awoken to the problems which he foresaw........

Ken.Petersen | Oct 18, 2015 |
  DevizesQuakers | Mar 2, 2016 |
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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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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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Essays on economic theory and principles provide guidance for living and surviving in the modern world

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