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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 4, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1517160960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1517160968
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Certainly the author is decades ahead of his time. Humanity will eventually adopt the author's principles written in all of his books. Currently, humanity lives in delusion that the system will continue to serve them. We will see massive changes even in the next decade. Don't waste your money on college--buy the author's books and succeed.
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This is a serious book by a very insightful mind with very good human values. Also, an engineer's mental set and system level understanding of the world. As a systems engineer, those are what I find most lacking in discussing the modern world.

CH Smith has been writing about economic and associated social issues for a long time. I first learned his name the day a friend of mine and I sent each other links to a blog post of his at the same time, both equally excited by the insight that explained what we had thought was very dumb behavior on the part of banks and fund managers. Both of us and several of our friends have read the blog daily since, and subscribe to his newsletter. I have exchanged email with him once in a while through the years, tho telling you that is me bragging.

"A Radically Beneficial World" is a fundamental analysis of what is wrong with the modern organization of the world and the institutions that organize it and a comprehensive plan to fix it. It does that, and I am impressed with the synthesis and understanding of the system-level constraints any solution has to meet, the avoided problems of scaling.

It seems to me the insights that the current organization of the economy and associated financial institutions guarantees the results we are seeing, the poverty and unemployment, and guarantees that the situation will continue to get worse. The goal must therefore be to escape that, and avoid the structures and incentives that have FUBARed our world-system.

I think the analysis and considerations of a community-based economy cover the main bases and leave more than enough flexibility to handle problems.
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Smith tackles very large and hotly debated subjects with ease while drawing on a wealth of information packaged in his usual concise and colorful style (his example of the Jelly Bean Economy as an introduction to systems theory is a perfect case in point). Whether it's automation, the problems inherent in our current way of life, scalable web-based technologies, or a new model for the global economy, Smith ties it all together and provides a big picture view that is sure to make you think.
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Utterly brilliant. Could CHS' "Community Labor Integrated Money Economy" (CLIME) system become the basis of Guy Alperovitz' "Next System Project" to reform or replace capitalism? All of the underlying technologies are in place. Combine CLIME with Open Platform Cooperativism, Open Source Ecology, and Robert David Steele's Open Power Electoral Reform and we may just have the concepts and tools in place to truly make this world a better place.
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How many times have you read a book describing all the problems of the world yet the author has no ideas of how to make things better and usually lamely ends with some message of "hope" based on nothing. That is not true of Charles Hugh Smith who outlines a brilliant plan to create income for beneficial work whether or not it creates a profit. In fact, it doesn't even have to be an employment situation - just a community that will value that effort. His theoretical system would create money as beneficial work is accomplished. This would be a totally different world and in my view a much better one. I hope many people read this book as it could be the real solution that we need. I have been reading Charles Hugh Smith's blog now for several years and this brings together his deep thinking about the economy and all it's social ramifications. An important and fascinating book.
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First half of the book is a great assessment of the current economic climate and the logical outcome of industrial automation. I do mostly disagree with his solution to the so-called problems created by this epic change though. Establishment of a modern, permanent welfare state not only is not necessary, in the face of a declining worldwide population by the time the system was established the issue will have resolved itself.
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i agree with the author for the first part, but re; solution he proposed, which lacks simplicity.
“...I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature, which no art can overturn, viz. that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered;” by thomas paine, common sense

his proposed system of money has major weakness about, "price discovery" built in function of money. if you read classic i-pencil, it clearly illustrates how millions of people all over the world, in different fields, somehow cooperate production of a pencil, in very efficient manner,- due to price discovery.

as in obama or hillary care, smith money system spends large portion of his proposal about how to punish, find, prosecute cheaters. that alone suggests, without vigorous monitoring, money creation would be abused.

i like his daily column very much, but i must question this new invention. i appreciate his efforts. we need something radically different from current one, for sure.
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