on May 11, 2017 :
In a very short and simply written text Sašo Tomažič manages to, not only count up many of the intrinsic failures and future challenges of our current socio-economic systems in the first part, but also, in the second part, to give inspiring relative information as well as comprehensible, hands-on advice on how to remedy those short-comings. His approach clearly favours evolution to revolution and uniquely inspires optimism rather than disbursing blame.
Those, who will read "Imagine" and judge it as pointless dreaming, should consider the following lines of Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin:
"The animal species, in which individual struggle has been reduced to its narrowest limits, and the practice of mutual aid has attained the greatest development, are invariably the most numerous, the most prosperous, and the most open to further progress. The mutual protection which is obtained in this case, the possibility of attaining old age and of accumulating experience, the higher intellectual development, and the further growth of sociable habits, secure the maintenance of the species, its extension, and its further progressive evolution. The unsociable species, on the contrary, are doomed to decay."
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
on April 18, 2017 :
“Imagine - Non-Profit Society: Utopia or Necessity” by Sašo Tomažič provokes thought about our socio-economic system by challenging commonly held views and by suggesting alternatives.
The book is written to appeal to a wide range of people.
• It is only about 60 pages in length and is divided into 22 chapters.
• It is written in a way that can be understood easily by most adults.
• Readers do not need prior knowledge – all they need is an open mind and a willingness to think.
The first 14 chapters of the book are devoted to critically examining our current system.
The following 8 chapters put forward ideas about an alternative system.
The value of this book lies in the issues that it raises – things that we each may see and yet not really notice or question because we take them for granted.
This is important because if we – as society - do not take an interest in such things then our system will evolve in a way that suits other people whose interests need not be the same as ours. Indeed, society tends not to evolve randomly, but change is typically driven by those with the greatest power and the greatest conflict of interest. This bias tends to lead to an erosion of the quality of life for most people and ultimately the collapse of the society either by revolution or other causes.
As individuals most of us lack the power to change the world we live in, but as individuals we can help to raise collective consciousness of those around us. By doing this we can influence the world.
The alternative is to ignore the forces that drive evolution of our socio-economic system and accept our current trajectory, but before making a decision please take time to consider our progress over the last few decades and consider how things may be in another few decades.
The book finishes with optimism in the hope that books such as this stimulate discussion that will lead to new ideas and better solutions and a better future.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)