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Left-leaning academics, liberal pop stars such as Bruce Springsteen, and Democrat politicians from Bernie Sanders to Bill and Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama all have one thing in common: they are avid admirers of Nordic-style social democracy.  The reason is simple. At first glance, Nordic countries seem to have everything liberals want to see in America: equal income distribution, good health, low levels of poverty, and thriving economies, all co-existing with big welfare states. By copying Nordic policies, many in the American left hope to transform America to a similar socialist "utopia."In Debunking Utopia, Swedish author Nima Sanandaji explains why this is all wishful thinking. Certainly, some aspects of Nordic welfare states, such as childcare provision, merit the admiration of liberals. But overall, it is a unique culture based on hard work, healthy diets, social cohesion and high levels of trust that have made Nordic countries successful. Sanandaji explains how the Nordic people adopted this culture of success in order to survive in the unforgiving Scandinavian climate. He systematically proves that the high levels of income equality, high lifespans and other signs of social success in the Nordics all predate the expansion of the welfare state. If anything, the Nordic countries reached their peak during the mid-twentieth century, when they had low taxes and small welfare states. Perhaps most astonishing are his findings that Nordic-Americans consistently outperform their cousins who live across the ocean. People of Nordic descent who live under the American capitalist system not only enjoy higher levels of income, but also a lower level of poverty than the citizens of the Nordic countries themselves.Sanandaji's previous writings on the roots of Nordic success have gained media attention around the world and been translated into many languages. Debunking Utopia, which expands on this work, should be read by all—liberals and conservatives alike—who follow the debate over the future of American welfare. As Sanandaji shows, there is much Americans can learn from both the successes and failures of Nordic-style social democracy.
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'Even if you can't eradicate harmful ideas or remedy established evils, that's no reason to turn your back on the body politic'In Utopia, Thomas More gives us a traveller's account of a newly-discovered island where the inhabitants enjoy a social order based on natural reason and justice, and human fulfilment is open to all. As the traveller, Raphael, describes the island to More, a bitter contrast is drawn between this rational society and the custom-driven practices of Europe. So how can the philosopher try to reform his society? In his fictional discussion, More takes up a question first raised by Plato and which is still a challenge in the contemporary world. In the history of political thought few works have been more influential than Utopia, and few more misunderstood.Dominic Baker-Smith's introduction examines the conflicting voices and perspectives of More's masterpiece and relates them to the European context of his time. This new edition also includes a chronology, notes, appendices, glossary and suggested further reading.Translated and introduced by Dominic Baker-Smith
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A major new manifesto for the end of capitalismNeoliberalism isn’t working. Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many more into precarious work, while the left remains trapped in stagnant political practices that offer no respite.Inventing the Future is a bold new manifesto for life after capitalism. Against the confused understanding of our high-tech world by both the right and the left, this book claims that the emancipatory and future-oriented possibilities of our society can be reclaimed. Instead of running from a complex future, Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams demand a postcapitalist economy capable of advancing standards, liberating humanity from work and developing technologies that expand our freedoms.This new edition includes a new chapter where they respond to their various critics.
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諾貝爾和平獎得主 穆罕默德‧尤努斯 最新力作今天我們做的決定,影響下一代 30 年的生活品質擺脫資本主義副作用/自己的工作自己創造/永續的環境自己保護,現在就開始行動!王絹閔  財團法人台灣尤努斯基金會執行長沈建文  中央大學企業管理學系副教授暨尤努斯社會企業中心主任林以涵  社企流共同創辦人暨執行長林傑毓  長榮大學管理學院院長兼尤努斯社會企業研究中心主任柯文哲  臺北市市長張慧慈《咬一口馬克思的水煎包》作者黃正忠  安侯永續發展顧問公司董事總經理蔡慧玲  財團法人台灣尤努斯基金會董事長聯合推薦(依姓氏筆畫排列)窮人手上沒有磁鐵,很難吸引任何東西但尤努斯的新經濟解方,讓我們相信,一個人也可以改變世界我們有能力,讓一切變得更好!發明微型信貸、社會型企業,並因減緩貧窮問題的工作而得到諾貝爾獎肯定的尤努斯,是當今最敏銳的社會評論家。他主張,現在是承認資本主義引擎失靈的時候了,因為在目前的形式中,不可避免地會導致嚴重的所得不均、大規模的失業,以及環境破壞。我們需要一種新的經濟制度,可以充分發揮利他主義的創造性力量,就像強大的自利心態一樣。這是在做白日夢嗎?一點也不。在過去這十年來,數以千計的個人與組織已經奉行尤努斯有關資本主義的新形式願景,並成立了創新的社會型企業,其設計目的是滿足人們的需求,而不是累積財富。他們把太陽能帶到孟加拉數百萬個家庭中;透過股權投資,讓數千名失業青年變身為創業者;在全美各大城市,融資給婦女所擁有的小事業;為法國鄉間的窮人帶來汽車、居住與其他服務;並成立一個全球的支援網絡,以協助年輕創業者成立新創公司。在本書中,尤努斯講述從他的經濟實驗工作中得到啟發而日漸形成的新文明。他將說明麥肯食品、雷諾汽車、伊視能與達能等國際大企業,如何透過自己的社會行動小組做出改變;並描述現在正在資助社會型企業的全新金融工具的巧妙之處;最後描繪為了啟動下一波以解決社會問題為動力的創新活動,相關必要的法律與管理改革。他邀請年輕人、企業與政治領袖以及一般民眾一起加入這場運動,共同協力創造我們所有人夢想中更美好、光明的世界。***【各界盛情推薦】透過尤努斯教授投入社會型企業40多年的經驗與其對經濟學的反思,本書深入淺出地探討資本主義的問題與未來三零世界的願景,以及如何藉由青年力、科技力與善治力來實踐這個遠景,是社會創新與設計者的夢想實踐指南!——沈建文,中央大學企業管理學系副教授暨尤努斯社會企業中心主任 改變世界的方式很多,有些成功了,有些宣告失敗,有些還沒做。但其中最關鍵的因素是,要讓被這個世界傷害最深的,那些底層的、弱勢的、持續貧窮的、失業的、深受環境所害的,以及,那些青年們,能夠看到善意,相信這次跟之前不一樣。這樣,改革才有可能被推動、被持續落實,進而逐步構建出所謂公平正義的未來。——張慧慈,《咬一口馬克思的水煎包》作者 覆巢之下無完卵的道理人盡皆知,但是世界的發展要能創造共享的價值,達到環境與社會的共融,卻是知易行難。尤努斯透過這本《三零世界》,具體讓讀者看到「做窮人的生意」及「與窮人做生意」,達成環境、社會、經濟三重盈餘目標的可能與機會。這本書為讀者提供一把開啟世界活路大門的鑰匙,讓人們看到建立消費者金字塔底層社會正義的希望與商業案例。——黃正忠,安侯永續發展顧問公司董事總經理 本書引導創業者,除了創造一個追求利潤極大化的傳統營利事業外,更可以考慮創立一個以解決社會問題的社會型企業,共同致力實現三零世界。《三零世界》展現了尤努斯博士的高度宏觀思想精髓,與他在世界各國實作及成功案例經驗分析的精闢之處,並為資本主義造成的社會問題,指出了解決之道,值得政府與各界人士研讀。相信除可做為政策參考,更可以啟迪人心,重新思考定義自己的人生。——蔡慧玲、王絹閔,財團法人台灣尤努斯基金會董事長、執行長 尤努斯展現自己就是一位領導人,因為不只在孟加拉,也包括其他很多國家,為了數百萬人的福祉,他能夠把願景轉化成實際的行動。——挪威諾貝爾委員會 尤努斯是一位務實的前瞻人士,在他的祖國孟加拉,以及世界上的其他地方,已經改善數百萬人的生活。——《洛杉磯時報》 尤努斯的觀念啟發了全世界無數的年輕人,將自己奉獻於改善社會的理想。——《財星》雜誌 尤努斯離開教室走進一個小村落,然後發現區區 27 美元就可以讓十幾名工匠、小販、黃包車夫免於負債……尤努斯一開始只是試著幫助一個小村落,但不知怎麼就做到了改變全世界。——歐巴馬(Barack Obama),美國前總統  經由提供年輕人自我幫助的力量,尤努斯博士提供的比一盤食物更有價值,那是最根本的保障形式。——卡特(Jimmy Carter),美國前總統  我們每一個人都可以成為改變的創作者與推動者。不管你是對經濟學、創業或微型金融有興趣,尤努斯的書都非常具有啟發性,而那些對貧窮與所得重分配感興趣的人,本書更是必讀之作。——J. D. Rolle,亞馬遜網路讀者書評
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Ludger Eversmann hat sich mit den langfristigen Wissenschaftszielen der Wirtschaftsinformatik beschäftigt, die zur Bearbeitung einer der zentralen ökonomischen Fragen der Gegenwart führte: Wie können Gesellschaften stabilisierend und wohlfahrtsteigernd mit extrem hoher Produktivität umgehen? Auf diesem Hintergrund hat er den Mut gefunden, eine Utopie zu entwickeln. Dafür holt er weit aus und erzählt anschaulich und unangestrengt die Geschichte, die zu einer neuen industriellen Revolution führt und jetzt schon begonnen hat. In den 3D-Druckern und der digitalen Fabrikation ist der Vorschein nicht nur einer neuen Produktionsweise, sondern auch einer neuen Gesellschaft zu sehen, die den Kapitalismus hinter sich lassen könnte. Geleitet wird die Utopie vom Ziel einer etwa auf Nano-Technik basierenden universellen Fabrikationsmaschine Wie wäre es, wenn die Fabriken so klein werden, dass sie bei jedem zu Hause in den Keller passen, auf den Küchentisch oder auf den Schreibtisch? Oder in einem kleinen Shop stehen, um die Ecke? Das würde etwas ändern, dann könnte jeder seine eigene kleine Fabrik besitzen, und diese Fabrik im eigenen Keller macht all diese Dinge, die ein Mensch im Leben braucht. Jedenfalls möglichst viele davon. In Zukunft wird der Reichtum nicht mehr zentral, in riesengroßen Fabriken und weltbeherrschenden Konzernen hergestellt, sondern dezentral, ganz nah beim Konsumenten, in der Regie des Konsumenten und auch mit dem eigenen Geld des Konsumenten. Denn der Konsument wird auch Produzent und die Grenzen und die Trennung von Kapital und Arbeit werden sich auflösen. Reichtum besteht in Zukunft aus gerade so viel Dingen und Gütern, die ein Mensch oder ein Haushalt gerne besitzen, benutzen und konsumieren möchte, und nicht etwa aus endlosen, gigantischen Geldmengen, die am Ende keinen anderen Zweck mehr verfolgen und realisieren können, als einfach immer nur noch weiter zu wachsen.
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Matriarcadia es el relato de una sociedad utópica en la que sólo existen mujeres, quienes gobiernan una sociedad ordenada y pacífica sin varones desde hace dos mil años. Su apacible vida se ve alterada por la expedición de tres hombres de muy diferente carácter: un romántico soñador; un orgulloso joven adinerado, acostumbrado a dominar a las mujeres, y el narrador, abierto a comprender el nuevo mundo por descubrir. Los tres tienen la oportunidad de conocer una nueva civilización, y acogerán las costumbres de esta de muy diferente grado. Así, desde el punto de vista de un hombre, la activista feminista Charlotte Perkins Gilman pone en evidencia la rigidez de la sociedad americana en la que ella vive en contraste con una imaginaria cuya correcta marcha demuestra que la mujer, la feminidad y la maternidad pueden cumplir un papel muy distinto en la educación, el amor y la vida cotidiana.
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Un celebre adagio (di volta in volta attribuito a Slavoj Žižek o a Fredric Jameson) recita che è più facile immaginare la fine del mondo che la fine del capitalismo. Lo slogan There Is No Alternative tanto caro a Margaret Thatcher è stato infine adottato anche dalla sinistra liberale, e nemmeno la crisi del 2008 è riuscita a scalfire la generalizzata convinzione che, fuori dal capitalismo, sia impossibile ipotizzare strade altre. Ma qual è l’effetto di questo «realismo capitalista» sul nostro immaginario? E qual è il suo ruolo nel diffuso sentimento di rassegnazione e infelicità che permea le nostre vite?In questo breve ma fondamentale testo che ha avuto un impatto enorme sugli ambienti culturali in primo luogo anglofoni, il critico e teorico Mark Fisher ragiona su come il realismo capitalista abbia occupato ogni area della nostra esperienza quotidiana, e si interroga su come sia possibile combatterlo. E lo fa attraverso esempi presi non solo dalla politica, ma anche dai film e dalla narrativa di fantascienza, dalla musica pop e dalla televisione.Con Realismo capitalista, Fisher ha firmato una delle più penetranti, illuminanti e dolorose analisi del mondo in cui viviamo. Ma Realismo capitalista è anche un testo che apre all’idea di possibilità, e che ribadisce che un’alternativa c’è. Leggerlo, per dirla con lo scrittore e poeta Alex Niven, è come «tornare a respirare dopo tanto, troppo tempo trascorso sott’acqua».Mark Fisher (1968-2017) è stato scrittore, critico musicale, filosofo e attivista. Ha scritto tra gli altri per il Guardian, il New Statesman e per il mensile The Wire, oltre ad aver tenuto per anni K-Punk, uno dei più seguiti blog di cultural theory in lingua inglese.
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A disponibilidade para consumir, trabalhar, compartilhar, responder, 24 horas por dia, 7 dias por semana, parece ser a tônica da contemporaneidade. Jonathan Crary faz um panorama vertiginoso de um mundo cuja lógica não se prende mais a limites de tempo e espaço. Uma sociedade que funciona sob uma ordem que põe à prova até mesmo a necessidade de repouso do ser humano – a última fronteira ainda não ultrapassada pela ação do mercado. No entanto, o capitalismo já se movimenta no sentido de se apoderar dessa esfera da vida: é o caso, por exemplo, das pesquisas científicas que buscam a fórmula para criar o "homem sem sono". Embora o sono não possa ser completamente eliminado, pode ser profundamente atingido. Estudos sobre formas mais eficazes de tortura e sobre a criação de um estado de vigilância mais duradouro, que eram inicialmente restritos ao campo das técnicas militares, hoje visam atingir também trabalhadores e consumidores. Passando por referências como Godard, Deleuze, Aristóteles, Arendt e inúmeras outras, o livro ressalta ainda a importância do universo onírico, ameaçado pelas visões atuais que "tratam o sonho como um mero ajuste autorregulatório da sobrecarga sensorial da vigília". 24/7 – capitalismo tardio e os fins do sono é uma instigante e perturbadora análise da realidade contemporânea.
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Walter Mosley is one of America's bestselling novelists, known for his critically acclaimed series of mysteries featuring private investigator Easy Rawlins. His writing is hard-hitting, often limned with a political subtext--aimed at a broad audience. When Mosley was working on a doctorate in political theory, he envisioned himself writing very different kinds of books from the ones he writes now. But once you've been tagged as a novelist, and in Mosley's case, a genre writer, even a bestselling one, it is hard to get an airing of ideas that cross those boundaries. Folding the Red into the Black has grown out of Mosley's public talks, which have gotten both enthusiastic and agitated responses. Mosley's is an elastic mind, and in this short monograph he frees himself to explore some novel ideas. He draws on personal experiences and insights as an African-American, a Jew, and one of our great writers to present an alternative manifesto of sorts: "We need to throw off the unbearable weight of bureaucratic Capitalist and Socialist demands; demands that exist to perpetuate these systems, not to praise and raise humanity to its full promise. And so I propose the word, the term Untopia."
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For Erik Reece, life, at last, was good: he was newly married, gainfully employed, living in a creekside cabin in his beloved Kentucky woods. It sounded, as he describes it, "like a country song with a happy ending." And yet he was still haunted by a sense that the world--or, more specifically, his country--could be better. He couldn't ignore his conviction that, in fact, the good ol' USA was in the midst of great social, environmental, and political crises--that for the first time in our history, we were being swept into a future that had no future. Where did we--here, in the land of Jeffersonian optimism and better tomorrows--go wrong? Rather than despair, Reece turned to those who had dared to imagine radically different futures for America. What followed was a giant road trip and research adventure through the sites of America's utopian communities, both historical and contemporary, known and unknown, successful and catastrophic. What he uncovered was not just a series of lost histories and broken visionaries but also a continuing and vital but hidden idealistic tradition in American intellectual history. Utopia Drive is an important and definitive reconstruction of that tradition. It is also, perhaps, a new framework to help us find a genuinely sustainable way forward." ... an engaging exploration -- and example -- of the fruitful tunnel-visions of dreamers turned doers." - Publishers Weekly
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