Another World Is Possible: Freedom, Economic Truth, and Creating a Society of Humanness

Another World Is Possible: Freedom, Economic Truth, and Creating a Society of Humanness

by Colby Hopkins

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Another World Is Possible: Freedom, Economic Truth, and Creating a Society of Humanness by Colby Hopkins

Drawing on his educational and practical experience, Colby Hopkins confronts the political and economic foundations that organize our nation. First, Hopkins establishes what it means to exhibit freedom in a society where each person's actions impact others. He exposes and criticizes the mainstream political discourse that polarizes people and also pits them against each other, arguing that most people do not fundamentally disagree on issues. Instead the debate is framed in a way that forces disagreement. This political process hinders our freedom.

Next, in a poignant review of mainstream economic discourse, Hopkins discloses an overwhelming number of fallacies in what has been accepted as economic truth. He then exposes how the flaws in the economic foundational thinking that guides national and global policy hinder our freedom as well. But why?
In this illuminating work, Hopkins highlights the thread that binds our deepest social ills of human and environmental exploitation-we ignore humanness. By ignoring what it really means to be a human in today's world, our social systems oppress our political, economic, and social freedom. This is why no matter who our elected leaders are, the country is always in turmoil. To Hopkins, this connection makes the solution simple-we must structure society to recognize humanness.

Finally, having exposed the root causes of our social, political, and economic aliments, Hopkins passionately lays out how each of us can address our most pressing problems. By creating new societies based on humanness, Americans can achieve sustainable political and economic freedom in our communities. Hopkins convincingly illustrates how this process can change our world!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989108607
Publisher: The Humanness Project Press
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you want to change the world and don’t know how? Read this book. The first thing I liked about this book is that it gets passed the typical idea of freedom being only about the individual. The book points out that it’s important to consider how we effect each other and how corporations can infringe on our freedom. The next main point about Another World IS Possible is that it explains why the economic thought that guides the modern world is so flawed. It’s very simple and makes perfect sense the way Hopkins explains it. It doesn’t matter where you identify on the political/economic spectrum, because the argument laid out in the book is one that I think we can all get behind. We all want a better, more equitable, more sustainable society—one where people benefit from their work, but one where people also take care of one another. In our current system it seems like we cannot have both, but Hopkins offers a practical platform to create such a society where it is possible. He shares steps and methods on how small communities can implement principles of participatory democracy to help promote self-determination in both the political AND economic spheres. By having greater participation in the way Hopkins outlines, we could perpetuate freedom and cooperation, and better support small businesses instead of being at the mercy of large corporations. The thing that separates this book from most others it that it attempts to unite all Americans in spite of our differences rather than exploit them. Where most social commentary is polarizing, this book focuses on how we can move forward together. It’s a must-read for anyone who is sick of the status quo and wants to do something about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Another World Is Possible" provides a refreshing source of ideas and information about working together and organizing for a better world. The book explains in great detail why the way we/our society think(s) about the economy is flawed and what we can do to change it. Hopkins passionately lays out how each of us can address our most pressing problems. He proposes solutions-solutions that bring people together from across the political landscape- and offers concrete steps you can take to can create a new world in your own community. A must-read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hopkins sheds an insightful light on our preconceived notions of freedom and liberty. He delves into a thought provoking conversation with the reader that entices us to reexamine our perspectives of the world we live in. Through his systemically clear voice, his expertise in economics challenges conventional economic theory. He introduces us to his concept of humanness. His straightforward style and deeply rooted belief in humankind unearths an inner desire and humanness in all of us to seek a better world. I personally have always felt a need to contribute and make an impact. Another World is Possible provides a rational, detailed framework in which to meaningfully contribute to one’s community. It is a refreshing source of ideas and information about working together and organizing for a better world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking to make a change start here by reading this book. It shows us how to start with tangible things we can do in our communities,how to support locally and how to be aware and avoid the traps of big companies.  I had many revelations reading the book about the ideas we were" taught" or influenced thru media and goverment. This book opened my eyes to people overall ,are connected and want the same things and that this dialogue needs to continue to achieve those ideas ,which sadly we have gotten so far away from...we all need to continue to make steps toward change...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually had the pleasure of reading an early working draft of this book and giving some input. I have only just started up on the final-final product, but it is already even better than the initial incarnation.  Colby is a forward thinking man, who looks at both philosophy and history in equal measures, drawing from each to analyze our true natures, as a society.  The thing that sets this book apart from the rest is that he doesn't just complain about the problem. He proposes solutions. We need more of that in the world. It's easy to gripe. Harder to fix. He makes a great case for "humaness," but not in the touchy feely way that you might think when you read the title. Humaness is not about a bunch of flower children roaming the desert looking for an answer.  Humanesss is about logic, driven by the collective desire for a world that is less dangerous for our children, more equitable, and kind to anybody with a heartbeat who is willing to be part of this revolution.  A+ for Mr. Hopkins here!!  Eric Dimbleby (Weirdo Horror Writer Guy)