Abundance: A spiritual treatise on radical economics
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Abundance: A spiritual treatise on radical economics

About the Book

Imagine organizing human society into a massive collaboration to maximize love, fulfillment, and forgiveness. Imagine most of the world's population fully engaged in improving the lives of everyone. I have spent more than 20 years thinking deeply about the problem of how to accomplish this feat, while reading widely, participating in religious and activist groups, and discussing my ideas with people across the political spectrum. I am now ready to offer my thoughts to the world.

About the Author

Sean G. Carver, Ph.D.
Sean G. Carver, Ph.D.

Sean Carver does data science for a small company in Virginia and previously taught mathematics and statistics at American University in Washington DC.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Aim
  • Parecon
    • Participatory Scholastics
    • Evolving Relationships
    • Axiom 1: Remuneration According to Effort and Sacrifice
    • Discussion of Parecon’s Axioms
    • Utopia?
    • Our Interconnected Human Family
    • Axiom 2: Remuneration According to Need
    • Axiom 3: Balanced Job Complexes
    • Axiom 4: Producer Councils
    • Axiom 5: Decisions made by those affected
    • Axiom 6: Nested Council Structure
    • Education: Who Produces, Who Consumes?
    • Incentives From Job Complex Balancing
    • Axiom 7: Consumer Councils
    • Axiom 8: Benefits Go to Those who Suffer Costs; Costs Go to Those who Enjoy Benefits
    • Axiom 9: Participatory Planning for Allocation
    • Balancing Job Complexes Through Participatory Planning
    • Accurate Assessment of The True Costs of Goods And Services
    • Participatory Planning and Education
    • Consumers Pay Only Marginal Costs; Free in Many Cases
    • Axiom 10: Government
    • Results of Parecon’s Axioms
    • Result 1: Equity
    • Result 2: Solidarity
    • Result 3: Diversity
    • Result 4: Freedom
    • Result 5: Efficiency
    • Result 6: Sustainability
  • Belecon
    • Belecon’s one amendment to Parecon’s vision
    • Why Belecon makes good strategy for Parecon
    • Inspiration: Evangelists versus Leftists
    • Societal Transformation Benefits from Self-Transformation
    • When Many Beloved Councils Exist Amid Capitalism
    • Beloved Councils in a Fully-Formed Beloved Economy
    • Maximizing Love, Fulfillment, and Forgiveness
  • Hope
  • Notes

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