Sharon July 31st, 2009
Ok, I’ve already probably pimped this book so many times that y’all are bored, but it is a brilliant, important, and deeply under-rated book, and I don’t want anyone to miss it. Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen and Maria Mies have put together a truly necessary analysis of what is available to us, once we acknowledge that in their industrial forms, both capitalism and socialism have failed us.
That we believe that there’s no other choice but a few industrialized, huge scale economic options leads us to make terrible choices. With their emphasis on small scale and humane models, they argue that there are other choices, all emerging from cultures of subsistence.
The authors are feminists, and they take as given that subsistence models must include basic justice issues, and must stop erasing the contributions of women and the poor. But don’t let that turn you off – nor the fact that it is translated from the German. This book is worth your time and effort.
- 365 Books