Am reading a very interesting book that imagines a world beyond capitalism – ‘a place where relationship and meaning take precedence over profits and power.’
It’s written by Tim Jackson who – apart from being Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity and Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey – is a guest speaker at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution tomorrow evening.
As the press release says: ‘ (Prime Minister) Liz Truss talks of ‘growth, growth, growth’, and condemns critiques of her economic policies as coming from an ‘anti-growth coalition’, but is growth really the pot of gold she would have us imagine? Tim Jackson takes the long view.’
Here’s the rest of the release:
POST GROWTH: LIFE AFTER CAPITALISM
Tue 11 October 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Is there life beyond the capitalist rainbow? A place where relationships and people take precedence over profits and power?
‘Post Growth’ by Tim Jackson is both a manifesto for system change and an invitation to rekindle a deeper conversation about the nature of the human condition. Tim Jackson’s passionate and provocative book dares us to imagine a world where just such values take centre ground and his upcoming talk at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution tomorrow takes Truss’s mantra of ‘growth, growth, growth’ and turns it upside down.
Rather than identifying growth as a panacea for all ills, Jackson identifies Capitalism as essentially broken. The relentless pursuit of more has delivered little more than climate catastrophe, social inequality and financial instability—and left us ill-prepared for life in a global pandemic.
Weaving together philosophical reflection, economic insight and social vision, Tim Jackson’s passionate and provocative book dares us to imagine a world beyond capitalism—a place where relationship and meaning take precedence over profits and power. ‘Post Growth’ is both a manifesto for system change and an invitation to rekindle a deeper conversation about the nature of the human condition.
Join Tim Jackson, one of the country’s leading economists this Tuesday, either online or at Queen Square, and decide for yourself whether an economy with growth as its centrifugal force is really quite as attractive as it sounds.
Tue 11 October 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 🎟 £4-£7 https://www.brlsi.org/whatson/post-growth-life-after-capitalism/ For tickets follow http://www.brlsi.org