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A Post-Capitalist Manifesto

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We find ourselves in an interesting position at the dawn of the twenty-first century. This must-read manifesto provides a to-the-point imaginative springboard for thinking about emergent new possibilities for how we live.
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  • By Josef Davies-Coates
    Jul 1, 2010
    This is a great little book. Its written in nice simple plain English and states quite a few hard cold facts in an uncontroversial and non-confrontational way (much like how The Story of Stuff does, and that is high praise). Let me quote a couple of my favourite bits: "Approaches to financing business are at the very heart of Capitalism as it is now, and post-capitalism as it could be. It may well be true that all else flows from here." p27 "Governmet used to pay pension by taking tax from working people and giving some of it directly to pensioners. Now the British ratio of pensioners to working people is very high, so state pensions act more like private pensions, investing the money and using stock market growth to delivery pension wealth. This isn't ideal because it relies on the stock market, which is volatile and arguably unsustainable." "How about land as a more grounded alternative, if you'll pardon the pun. Right now, "69 per cent of the acreage... More > of Britain is owned by 0.6 per cent of the population", according to the New Statesmen. That isn't ideal if the collective is as important as the individual. Land-based pension schemes could broaden the distribution of land ownership. With your monthly pensions payments, you gradually buy a piece of land. When you get old, you gradually sell your land to a youngster who is in turn stocking up for their old age. The income is your pension. It goes on ad infinitum. I can't work out the mathematics of whether it would keep you in hobnobs, but I think its worth a think." The only part of the book I really didn't like was in the "Capitalist Land" section, where it states "countryside is mainly used for large-scale agricultural production, because this is the most efficient". That is simply not true. On virtually every measure you can think of small farms are much MUCH more efficient. OK, large farms use less manual labour and can sometime generate more private profit for landowners (small farms have actually been shown to produce more revenue per acre too), but they are not, repeat NOT, more efficient! Some useful links about that here: http://globalswadeshi.ning.com/xn/detail/2097821:Comment:9741< Less
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ISBN
9781312634015
Edition
Second Edition
Publisher
Lulu
Published
September 27, 2011
Language
English
Pages
70
File Format
PDF
File Size
1.71 MB
Product ID
17362396

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