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Small is Still Beautiful: Economics as if Families Mattered Hardcover – December 12, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Joseph Pearce is one of my favorite writers. He has produced some magnificent biographies of great 20th century writers as well as saints. Read morePublished 24 months ago by C. Gill
Everything I've read by Joseph Pearce challenges, informs, educates and inspires. If I could, I would mail a copy to all our legislators.Published on March 7, 2014 by NanaJ