am 8. März 2009
To make it simple: This book questions the the basic pre-assumptions of our economy.
The capitalist system as we are employing it is generally accepted to be perfect and flawless - yet Schumacher manages to dismask this apparent perfection with ease and what I like about this book especially is that he doesn't just complain but he also makes suggestions for a better way! He doesn't want Communism or socialism, he just pleads for a way of conducting capitalism that is not purely based on greed and neverending expansion.
Honestly, having read this book I am not suprised anymore that a financial crisis of this extent was possible to come to suddenly. If everybody read this book, we can probably avoid the next severe financial crisis and save our planet along the way.
The only downturn to this book is Schumachers assumption (which seemed probable at the time) that all petroleum was bound to run out by 1990 or something. But in the foreword this is already dealt with and it doesn't affect the rest of his theroretical structure, which appears so much more logical and sound than the system we are currently living in.
am 25. April 2011
Bought this book a while ago and read it over the course of several months. Although it's quite a few years old, nothing of the topics it discusses have changed all that much. All the modern 'vocabulary' of the sustainability discourse haven't been defined when this book has been written, but it contains all the necessary critique and introduces a lot of itneresting concepts on what needs to be thought about. Also very accessible read and non-specialist style. The underlying vision of an "economy as if people mattered" is actually quite radical and thought provoking!