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Small is Beautiful: Economics as If People Mattered, 25 Years Later...with Commentaries Paperback – 1 Dec 1999
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Schumacher provides a series of simple to understand perspectives on how the world businesses might practice a more inclusive and compassionate set of values, which would paradoxically serve themselves; their employees and societies and the earth-eco and biosphere's in the longer run would flourish for all.
For any who find these views to be a bit whimsical or lacking in fiber, I gladly refer them to read Naomi Klein's groundbreaking book "The Shock Doctrine; Rise of Disaster Capitalism" (NOT for the faint hearted) which portrays the unbelievably malicious destructive and distopian forces of economic exploitation for short term gain by the few in the name of 'freedom' that has been visited upon the earth and her peoples since the former was written.
To read this book in these turbulent times is a call to reconsider Schumacher's suggestions.
Schumacher started his rise to fame as an "Enemy Alien" during the Second World War in England, having fled Germany rather than live under the Nazi's he was imprisoned in the UK because he was German. Despite this he wrote a paper (Multilateral Clearing) whilst still a prisoner which the famous economist John Maynard Keynes realised was brilliant. Keynes got him freed and a post at Oxford but then presented Schumacher's paper to the UK Government and it became a white paper which eventually led to the formation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the many ills that it has since perpetrated on the world.
Despite this Schumacher goes on from being an orthodox Keynesian Moneterist to be the exact opposite. He publishes this book and others culiminating in A Guide For The Perplexed. All of these books expound a very different view of economics that put people and morals at the heart of sound economic decisions and show that you can still be in business and not be a "person of illegitimate birth" ;-)
For its age it is remarkably prophetic of the current world and how we got here. With hindsight it is easy to see he was right.
This is (about) the eighth copy of the book which I've bought. I keep lending them to friends who pass them on. It's because Schumacher follows through some Gandhian ideals about economics, community and co-operative living in localised, decentralist, highly practical ways. Just buy it and read itSmall is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered.