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How to live a good life

Understanding your place in the world

About the Book

The author woke one morning realising that most people have been hypnotised by the capitalist realities of the world we live in. There is no easy way to break through the illusions, and the painful individualism, that have been foisted upon us. The idea for the book came then, a simple explanation of how the world is put together and how to live a good life based on that better understanding.

About the Author

Francis Fish
Francis Fish

Born 1959 in Edinburgh. Father was a doctor and university lecturer in psychiatry and Mother had been psychiatric ward sister. Both were of relatively humble origins. Father had been a prisoner of war. When Francis was about 5 they went to live in Liverpool because Father had been asked to take up the newly created professorship there. They lived in the grounds of the now long-gone lunatic asylum while they looked for somewhere to live. Eventually they ended up living in a big house in the suburbs on the South of the city.

Eventually he gained a degree in Applied Statistics and Computing in 1987 and has earned his living writing software ever since. He is a British Canoe Union qualified level 3 kayak instructor. He is married to a six foot red head; they have two children and live in a big house in Birkenhead. He is committed Buddhist.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The six pillars of human happiness
    • Food autonomy
    • Shelter autonomy
    • Education autonomy
    • Healthcare autonomy
    • Contingency
    • Mobility
  • Objective reality
  • What is capitalism?
  • Capitalism as dream time
  • Capitalism is a con
    • Behind the curtain
    • Taking back control
    • Industrial society
    • Invisible violence
    • Slow violence
    • Who owns your mind?
  • The Commons
  • There’s no such thing as society
  • Planning Myths
  • Intractable problems
    • Poverty and war
    • The market solves nothing
  • Monstrous acts of collaboration
  • Decay is good
  • Recipies and simple solutions
  • The good life
  • Implacable Fury (women and children first)
  • Women and children first
  • Implacable Fury
  • Neurodivergent
  • Holding corporations to account
    • Equity confiscation
    • Changing liability laws
    • Banning stock buy back

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