The knowledge that neither growth-dependent corporate capitalism nor the state socialist model will ever produce more sustainable social, economic and ecological outcomes has led many thinkers and activists to embrace a ‘small is beautiful’ agenda that draws its underlying inspiration from the insights of Leopold Kohr and E.F. Schumacher. It is an agenda that I share.

However, Schumacher did recognise that “large-scale organisation is here to stay”, making it “all the more necessary to think about it and to theorise about it”.

Here are two quite distinct issues. The first has to do with technologies ...


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