- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Perennial; Auflage: Reprint (19. Oktober 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0061997765
- ISBN-13: 978-0061997761
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 2 x 20,3 cm
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Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 19. Oktober 2010
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“Embracing what Schumacher stood for--above all the idea of sensible scale--is the task for our time. Small is Beautiful could not be more relevant. It was first published in 1973, but it was written for our time.” (Bill McKibben, from the Foreword)
“An eco-bible” (Time magazine)
“Small Is Beautiful changed the way many people think about bigness and its human costs.” (New York Times)
“Nothing less than a full-scale assault on conventional economic wisdom. . . . Schumacher believes economists need a new set of values, to obtain maximum well-being with minimum consumption.” (Newsweek)
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The inspirational well-written contents cover:
*Part I- The modern world- problem of production, peace and permanence, role of economics, Buddhist economics, and a question of size.
*Part II- resources- education, proper use of land, resources for industry, nuclear energy, and technology with a human face.
*Part III_ the third world- development, social and economic problems requiring intermediate technology, two million villages, and the problem of unemployment in India.
*Part IV- organisation and ownership- a machine to foretell the future, towards a theory of large-scale organisation, socialism, ownership and new patterns of ownership.
Improvements could include up-to-date case studies (perhaps including material from VSO) showing the benefits of the approach; and an update on where intermediate technology is today. Note- the book 'Flexible Specialisation' by Pedersen et al (ISBN 1853392170 publ.1994) provides some such case studies for Africa, Asia and Mexico.
Personally, this reviewer was inspired by the book to lead an undergraduate team project with Intermediate Technology (the company) and Sri Lankan men designing and implementing a self-build fretsaw for educational toys in 1991. Overall a stimulating, worthwhile addition to any library.
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.
The previous reviewer says the chapter on "Buddhist economics" is a "classic." It is, but not in the usual sense. By "Buddhist economics" Schumacher means consuming only what you need, employing people regardless of production requirements and so on. Very lyrical and all, until you get to Schumacher's example of Buddhist economics in action -- Burma under the infamous military dictatorship of Gen. Ne Win!!!
Assuming the best of the man, one must conclude that Schumacher had no idea what he was talking about when he wrote this. This is a specific case which illustrates a pretty universal failure to think things through and test his ideas against life and experience in the real world.
The broader example is Schumacher's proposition that in a better, more decentralized, localized type of world we would "eat food grown close to home," thereby creating closer relations with our neighbors, ending reliance on big corporate farms and so on. All very nice until you realize that very soon kids who don't live near salt mines will start getting goiters and as soon as there is a big flood or a dry summer lots of people will starve to death.
No doubt is easy to advocate that others live an ascetic, abstemious and small-scale life (and maybe even take one up yourself) if you know -- like Schumacher & his disciples -- that YOUR food supply isn't actually in danger and that if you get sick the hospital is nearby.
A wise world has ignored his bad advice & prospered.
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