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Small is Still Beautiful: Economics as if Families Mattered Hardcover – December 12, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute (December 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933859040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933859040
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,027,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A timely reminder of Schumacher's prophetic words; just as relevant now as when they were written 25 years ago! Everyone should read this book.' -- Alan Gear, HDRA 'I welcome this timely reiteration of Schumacher's powerful ideas and philosophy brought up to date for the new millennium.' -- Patrick Holden, Soil Association. 'I read Small is Still Beautiful with great interest ! it captures the spirit of a number of organisations which are ensuring that co-operation makes a difference in the world.' -- David Dickman, UK Co-operative Council '[An] elegant and hard-hitting commentary on today's defective economic orthodoxy and political cowardice.' -- Jonathan Porritt, Forum for the Future 'This book is well worth reading for a contemporary understanding of Schumacher's philosophy.' -- Bob Allen, Social Enterprise Advisor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Joseph Pearce is a professional biographer and literary researcher, and is the author of 'Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile', 'Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton' and 'Tolkien: Man and Myth'. His first novel, 'The Three Ys Men' was published in 1998. He lives in Norfolk, England. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "Rocky Raccoon" VINE VOICE on July 12, 2008
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"What we want, and what we need, have been confused, been confused."
--"Finest Worksong,"-R.E.M.

Joseph Pearce's "Small Is Still Beautiful" is a reflective book, drawing upon E. F. Schumacher's influential treatise "Small Is Beautiful". Touching upon many topics, Pearce provides several themes:

1.) Corporate greed and hording are leaving third world nations bereft and in a despairing cycle of debt.

2.) Both big business and big government are undermining each man's individual rights for fulfillment and prospering. Local concerns and small businesses should thrive because they provide greater distributive justice and more individual freedom(s).

3.) Given the ramifications of the first two prospects, greed is swallowing up our natural resources and destroying the earth's soil, while man continues to poison himself and his environment with too much pollution and pesticide.

Given the nature of dwindling resources, Pearce offers (but not exclusively) the following antidotes:

1.) Allowing small businesses to thrive creates variety and equanimity.

2.) Co-Ops are successful and create a rewarding environment for employees who are drawn to initiative and a part of the decision making process.

3.) Organic farming is a growing alternative that keeps soil thriving and people healthy.

Prime Examples of Persuasion (or to offer some PEP):

1.) Four British friends, discontent with the bland homogenization of their country's beer, decide during a holiday in Ireland to form their own tasty brew.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tony Theil on July 23, 2007
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Schumacher's Small Is Beautiful is a classic, a prophetic voice for today's generation. His socio-economic arguments are profound and written with a crisp language animated by wit and humor. Much of Pearce's update, Small Is Still Beautiful, maintains the integrity of the original in clear, consise language that passionately attacks the greed of multi-national corporations, the incompetence of governments, and the hedonistic demands of consumers.

Pearce has incorporated much of Schumacher's work as the fabric, then adorned it with current facts, figures and events. His chapter (Small Beer: A Case Study) on English micro-breweries provides a good example of trends favoring a small sustainable industry. He could have also included the upsurge of American micro-breweries and small, family owned wineries.

Unfortunately, Pearce has applied the "small is beautiful" principle to the contents of his 313 page book. Excluded are today's movements which are gaining momentum in sustainability, fair trade, micro-credit, slow food, recycling and conservation. Bigger is better when it contributes to a humane response against a culture of greed and avarice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katrina on February 10, 2014
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With the divide growing ever larger between the rich and middle class , this book helps to get a perspective on what is really important . Though not meant entirely for the United States, for me it began my American Dream Detox. I am slowly beginning to wean myself from the industrialized consumerist mentality prevalent in the culture and seek a more peaceful existence .
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Joseph Pearce gives us a very helpful book that covers such topics as: philosophy of economics, critiques of capitalism, socialism and communism, the abuse of land and historical examples that both support the ideas he is proposing and affirm the criticisms he is making. The book, to its credit and as the title implies, leans very heavily on E.F. Schumacher's "Small is Beautiful." It has introduced me several new ideas and, I think Pearce would accept this, offers a very nice introduction to economic philosophy of distributism.
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