Common Wealth: For a Free, Equal, Mutual and Sustainable Society

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Martin Large

Year: 2010

Just when ‘the market’ nearly took over all areas of life, the credit, climate and democratic crunches came along, challenging us to rebuild a society that works well for all. Common Wealth asks, ‘How can we build a more free, equal, mutual and sustainable society? ‘We know that we don’t want a ‘market state’. This turns our public services into businesses, uses relentless surveillance to secure compliance, destroys the planet for corporate growth and widens inequality. However, tripolar society is emerging as an alternative, where civil society, government and business push back the market, and work in partnership for the common good.

Common Wealth tackles key challenges for remaking society by:

  • building a sustainable local economy, vibrant culture and community
  • transforming capitalism for public good and for individual enterprise
  • securing permanently affordable homes for all through community land trusts
  • enabling social inclusion and individual initiative through the Citizen’s Income
  • freeing education from bureaucracy and children from commercialism
  • leading and learning from the social future as it emerges

Martin Large facilitates cultural, social, and economic renewal. His motto is, ‘Better to light fires than fill buckets!’ He worked as an academic and in business. He enables community land trusts and social enterprise with Stroud Common Wealth.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Remaking Society
Chapter 1: What Social Future Do We Want?
Chapter 2: Remaking Society
Chapter 3: Tripolar Society: Government, Business and Civil Society

Part 2: From Capitalism to Civil Society: Clarifying Boundaries between Business, Government and Civil Society
Chapter 4: The Emergence of Civil Society: Restoring Fences
Chapter 5: Capturing the State
Chapter 6: Capturing Culture
Chapter 7: Capitlalism Unleashed: The Seizure of Common Wealth

Part 3: Redrawing Boundaries
Chapter 8: Transforming Capitalism: Stewarding Capital for Individual Enterprise and Common Good
Chapter 9: Citizen’s Income: Special Inclusion and Common Wealth for All
Chapter 10: Land for People, Home and Communities
Chapter 11: Freeing Education
Chapter 12: Common Wealth

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