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Statecraft: How the Economics of Civilisation Can Rescue the Global Economy

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Fred Harrison argues that mainstream economics – both as an academic discipline and as a set of principles guiding public policy – is flawed and requires a fundamental rethink. The author proposes the notion of ‘economics of civilisation’ as a conceptual and practical resource to renew the art of statecraft at the service of a global economy capable of producing wealth in ways that are socially and ecologically just and viable.

Publication date: 09/27/2017


Our world is at a dangerous cross-roads. The post-World War Two settlement is dissolving. Governments are having to learn how to adjust to a multi-polar world. We need to avoid repetition of the autarky that existed in the nineteenth century, which fostered a plethora of nation-states vying for power and leading, ultimately, to a world at war. A new statecraft is needed, one that is structured to facilitate global commerce on sustainable terms, while enriching cultural diversity. To achieve these outcomes, the new relationships need to be based on inclusive peace and prosperity. And yet, on the strength of the record of political failure, a pessimistic prognosis for the future is warranted. Pessimism is justified if it provides the motivation for asking the fundamental questions.

Fred Harrison

2 reviews for Statecraft: How the Economics of Civilisation Can Rescue the Global Economy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anyone who has studied the history of civilizations must see that time is running out for us to prevent a collapse of unprecedented proportions. As Fred Harrison explains in this, his latest, effort to awaken us to the dangers we must act boldly and soon. Minor changes in economic policy and relations between nations are insufficient to overcome the momentum caused by long-standing systemic flaws in our systems of law and taxation. Poverty is the common denominator in every society. The differences are differences of degree only. As Fred Harrison has written elsewhere, what changed the course of history was the private appropriation of nature’s rents, and this appropriation has only accelerated globally since the 1970s.

    In “Statecraft: How the Economics of Civilisation Can Rescue the Global Economy,” Fred Harrison has provide a manual for us and those who hold decision-making power in our societies to prevent what is now an inevitable collapse, if only it finds its way into the hands of the most thoughtful among us, if only the message is understood and embraced, and if only the people in every society demand the changes in statecraft required.

    Edward J. Dodson, M.L.A.
    School of Cooperative Individualism

  2. 5 out of 5

    What Fred Harrison brings to this crucial issue is a deep appreciation for the forces driving the evolution of socio-political arrangements and institutions. Neither constitutional government nor social democracy have removed from our underlying systems of law and taxation centuries of deeply-entrenched landed privilege. The outcome is an ongoing and accelerating redistribution of income and wealth from producers to non-producing “rentier” interests. We express concern over the dramatic increase in the number of “have nots” as the top few thousand multi-billionaires around the globe claim more income and more wealth than some 90 percent of the world’s total population. But, as Fred Harrison explains, the underlying cause has been kept hidden by intellectual and cultural denial. We are on the path leading to the collapse of civilisation. The time to alter this course, to prevent catastrophe is running short. Fred Harrison pleads with us to deal objectively with the facts and act wisely to set us on a course of survival and recovery.

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