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After Capitalism
Around the world, more and more people are waking up to the grave seriousness of our present social, environmental, and economic situation, and to the realization that the thinking that has gotten us where we are today will be utterly insufficient for going forward in the healthful, holistic, and humane way that most people desire.Despite the financial crisis and near-collapse of the economy in 2008, and despite the growing recognition that ‘business-as-usual’ as we now know it is not sustainable, nothing fundamental in our understanding or approach has yet changed. Michael Spence’s After Capitalism offers a truly accessible, yet radically unconventional and eye-opening perspective on the social phenomena of our time. The observations offered here provide a basic framework for individuals to consciously understand for themselves how human society, and particularly the economy, works, raising questions and attempting to demonstrate and stimulate a new kind of thinking all along the way. Though prompted by Rudolf Steiner’s insights, the book is based, not on any established economic, political, or religious beliefs or theories, but on observation of life. Starting from the perception that society consists of an interweaving of three quite differently functioning sectors, it goes on to show that many of today’s social problems, particularly those involving money and the growing gap between the rich and the poor, are consequences of an inherited social structure founded on remnants of old theocratic forms of community on the one hand and the failure to distinguish between the three sectors of society on the other. A fresh look at our world is needed as never before: here is an answer to that call that begs consideration. Table of Contents
  1.  The Need for Change
  2.  The Three Sectors – A First Look
  3.  The Economic Sector – Basic Concepts
  4.  The Economic Process – Division-of-Labor
  5.  Evolution, Human Consciousness, and the Origins of Law
  6.  Equality and the Role of Government
  7.  Rights, Morality, and Law
  8.  Cultural Life – The Needs of the Soul
  9.  Cultural Life – Its Work and Nature
  10.  Work, Payment, and Human Freedom
  11.  The Woodcutters and the Creation of Capital
  12.  Gift Capital
  13.  Mutuality and “Economic Associations”
  14.  Money – Its Nature and Creation
  15.  The Ownership of Land
  16.  The Two Economies, Capitalized Debt, and Compulsory Gift
  17.  The Structure and Ownership of Business
  18.  The Single Organization and the Economy as a Whole
  19.  Have We Earned What We Buy?
  20.  Who Pays?
  21.  The Social and the Anti-social
  22.  What About the Future?

Paperback (978-0-932776-45-7) $25.00

 
Functional Threefoldness in the Human Organism and Human Society
After decades of meditating on the human organism leading up to his major work Functional Morphology, renowned anatomist Johannes Rohen applies his functional approach to the study of social life. The result is a holistic yet highly differentiated view of human society as a dynamic organism. Contents Foreword to the English edition Introduction The Threefold Organization of Life-Processes in the Human Organism The Structure of the Social Organism The Governmental and Legal System The Structure of the Cultural-Educational System The Structure of the Economic System Threefold Functional Organization in the Social and the Human Organism – a Comparison The Legal-Political Sphere in relation to the Rhythmic System Blood Circulation and the Nature of Money Aberrations Outline of a Social Order based upon Three Independent Systems, Organized According to their Inherent Functions What Can We Do? Summary Bibliography

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Steinerian Economics
A Compendium
Foreword by John Bloom
    “What Gary Lamb and Sarah Hearn have accomplished with this Compendium is nothing short of extraordinary in its breadth and focus. And it is clearly a labor of love, inquiry, and service.”

John Bloom, Senior Director of Organizational Culture for RSF Social Finance
author, Inhabiting Interdependence: Being in the Next Economy

We need a New Economy. This is becoming clearer every day. Worldwide, economic life is unstable and driven to excesses. Political systems are rendered ineffective when basic human rights are 'purchased' by those with economic power. Cultural life also, rather than expressing a healthy striving toward a meaningful human future, is increasingly caught up in consumerism and dominated by commercial interests. Social innovations have not kept pace with technological innovations. Our social sciences lag behind our mechanical and physical sciences. The methods of the physical sciences have been applied to the biological and social sciences, with the consequence that our social sciences lack a firm ground upon which practical social forms can be built that lead toward a healthy human future and sustainable, worldwide peace. Few people today know that Rudolf Steiner developed a comprehensive scientific view of social life, one rooted in a deep understanding of social relationships and the evolutionary processes at work within them. In doing so, he developed new ways of thinking about social life that are phenomena-centered (based on human experience), holistic, and creative. Rather than present abstract theories, he offers readers the opportunity to derive ideas directly out of the social phenomena themselves. This leads to new perspectives, and even new perceptions of social life and opens up new ways to explore and address the root causes of today's social ills. Thus Steiner’s insights can help us take practical steps toward a new economy, a just and effective political life, and diverse, dynamic and meaningful cultural impulses. Steinerian Economics is the fruit of many years of dedicated work by the editors, to make this comprehensive overview of Rudolf Steiner’s contributions to economic science available.
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Editors’ Introduction
  1. Social and Antisocial Forces in the Human Being and Social Life
  2. The Fundamental Social Law
  3. The Threefold Social Organism
  4. Economic Science
  5. Economic Associations
  6. Economic Values
  7. Capital
  8. Credit
  9. Money
  10. Price Formation
  11. The Interplay of Spiritual-Cultural and Economic Life
  • Resources
  • Bibliography

Paperback (978-0-932776-47-1) $30.00