E. F. Schumacher

E. F. Schumacher was a German statistician and economist, best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale, decentralized, and appropriate technologies. He is the author of the influential book 'Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered', which was published in 1973. Schumacher's work focused on the principles of Buddhism and the importance of sustainable development, and he is often regarded as a pioneer of green economics and the appropriate technology movement.


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  1. 1. Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

    This book is a collection of essays that challenge the established economic paradigm, arguing for a shift towards smaller, more sustainable systems. The author criticizes conventional capitalism for its focus on profit and growth, suggesting instead that economies should prioritize human well-being and environmental health. He presents a vision of "Buddhist economics," where work is viewed as a means to personal development and fulfillment, not just income generation. The book also offers practical solutions for implementing this new economic model, such as decentralization, appropriate technologies, and renewable energy.