The purpose of Postcapitalist paradigm change must be to deliver a framework whereby every human has ready access to all basic necessities – clean air, water, food, sanitation, sustainable housing, health care, and energy – whilst simultaneously remaining below the carrying capacity of the natural environment both locally and globally. In other words to be operating within all planetary boundaries. Additionally, it must provide bodily and mental freedom as well as delivering quality educational opportunities to develop a broad range of skills and inculcate reciprocity as the cornerstone of human interactions. Moreover, it must seek to raise the consciousness of all humans so that negative emotional and mental-health issues are a fraction of the levels we see today. It must also maximise opportunities for leisure time and for activities which lead to the flow-state. Humans must evolve so that we might step into the cosmos and (hypothetically) greet our extra-terrestrial brothers and sisters as a peace-loving race. Postcapitalist paradigm change is thus synonymous with a quest for Utopia, defined here as, Technologically Advanced Effective Egalitarian-ish Systems.
Postcapitalism: A Beginner’s Guide to Paradigm Change presents a workable radical alternative paradigm to the current failing global ideological capitalist socio-economic paradigm. Postcapitalism: A Beginner’s Guide to Paradigm Change examines, among other topics, philosophy, education, psychology, values, organisation, the nature of consciousness, the nature of the state and technology. A continuation along the destructive linear path of the arms-trade walking hand in hand with ideological capitalist ‘free’ market economics (based on fiat currencies lent into existence, bearing debt, as part of a system of fractional reserve banking) is no longer fit for purpose; only a paradigm change of socio-economic political philosophy can deliver long term environmental sustainability and social justice. Furthermore, Postcapitalism: A Beginner’s Guide to Paradigm Change proposes that there are five minimum characteristics to achieve sustainable societies both locally and globally. These characteristics are;
- Sustainable Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
- Cyclical Resource Use (C2C) and Clean Green Free Energy
- Individual and Collective Psychological Freedom
- Effective & Egalitarianish State Forms and Non-State Forms (NSFs)
- Holistic, Compassionate and Research-Based Education Systems
These five parts; Sustainable systems of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry; Cyclical Resource use and Clean Green Energy; Individual and Collective Psychological Freedom; Effective & Egalitarian State Forms and Non-State Forms (NSF): Holistic, Compassionate and Research-Based Education Systems are examined in detail in Postcapitalism: A Beginner’s Guide to Paradigm Change, and all five are necessary. The primary aim of this work is, to facilitate a questioning of the assumptions that we have about human organisation and investigate alternatives to the prevailing global economic paradigm of neo-liberal capitalism; to look at the world with new eyes. Secondly it is to empower groups & individuals with a simultaneously realistic and glorious vision of the human future. Thirdly it is to suggest some possible starting actions to bring about the transformations required for our thriving human future.
NB. Postcapitalism: A Beginner’s Guide to Paradigm Change was originally self-published on Amazon as The Tao of Sustainable Development, it has been expanded substantially in the last year both due to the development of certain ideas contain in it, and the Covid 19 pandemic and the World Economic Forum’s so-called ‘Great Reset’ and proposed ‘New Normal’. It is currently being edited and is looking for a publisher.