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
- The Need for Change
- The Three Sectors – A First Look
- The Economic Sector – Basic Concepts
- The Economic Process – Division-of-Labor
- Evolution, Human Consciousness, and the Origins of Law
- Equality and the Role of Government
- Rights, Morality, and Law
- Cultural Life – The Needs of the Soul
- Cultural Life – Its Work and Nature
- Work, Payment, and Human Freedom
- The Woodcutters and the Creation of Capital
- Gift Capital
- Mutuality and “Economic Associations”
- Money – Its Nature and Creation
- The Ownership of Land
- The Two Economies, Capitalized Debt, and Compulsory Gift
- The Structure and Ownership of Business
- The Single Organization and the Economy as a Whole
- Have We Earned What We Buy?
- Who Pays?
- The Social and the Anti-social
- What About the Future?