Beyond The Dependency Culture

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Communism has collapsed and socialism is discredited. Is this the end of history? No, James Robertson argues, precisely the opposite. 20th century capitalism and socialism propped each other up. Both belonged to the modern industrialized period of human history, when the powerful interest groups of business and state dominated people, and Euro-American culture and power dominated the world. An emerging post-modern worldview foreshadows possibilities for a new path of progress, more deeply concerned for people and nature.

Based on articles and lectures, this collection explores what this new path of progress could mean for politics, work, welfare, health, energy, the life of families and neighborhoods, the world role of today's rich countries, and other aspects of the human predicament today. Important reading for concerned citizens and policymakers alike.

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Collects 16 lectures and essays from the period 1977-96, four of which are previously unpublished. The works reflect the author's position that what is needed is a path of progress based on cooperative self- reliance, rather than the further growth of dependence. He explains the implications of this kind of progress for politics, energy and resources, work, welfare, monetary systems, health, and national and local policy in the industrialized countries of Great Britain, Europe, and North America. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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JAMES ROBERTSON was, from 1953 to 1965, a British government policymaker.

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Table of Contents

1 Post-Industrial Liberation (1977) 1
2 A Post-Marxist Strategy (1978) 21
3 The Political Economy of a Conserving Society (1979) 39
4 Work (1980) 57
5 After the Welfare State (1980) 73
6 A New Politics (1984) 87
7 Money (1987) 95
8 Towards a Post-Modern Worldview (1990) 105
9 Health (1991) 117
10 Devil's Tunes (1992) 127
11 Beyond Horseshit Economics (1992) 133
12 Monetary Democracy For Europe (1992) 147
13 After Keynes and Thatcher: What Now? An Open Letter To The Chancellor Of The Exchequer (1993) 153
14 What's Wrong With Nuclear Power? (1993) 163
15 Social Investment (1995) 171
16 A New Social Compact (1996) 183
Epilogue (1997) 191
Index 197
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