Dec. 20, 2023

#38 - Joseph Pearce on Transformative Economics: Why Small Is Still Beautiful

#38 - Joseph Pearce on Transformative Economics: Why Small Is Still Beautiful
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Joseph Pearce’s book Small Is Still Beautiful is a compelling spotlight on the "well-kept secret" of economist E. F. Schumacher. David Frank and Brendan Johnson (from episode 30) talked with Joseph about small localism versus globalism, cooperatives and sharing versus capitalist individualism, and the like. Join us for a delightful conversation around the commons, community, and collaborative flourishing.

About Our Guest

A native of England, Joseph Pearce is the internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc. He is an author, publisher, editor, lecturer, and professor. His personal website is



(0:26) Introducing Joseph Pearce

(2:51) Encountering E. F. Schumacher's Small Is Beautiful

(5:38) Modern economics that don't lead to flourishing

(7:45) Distributing wealth, local solidarity

(15:13) Mondragon Corporation: Solidarity in practice

(18:03) The world since 20 years ago: what's changed?

(22:01) Advice for voting with your dollars

(27:45) Is there a risk in things being too small?

(32:47) Reading recommendations


Links and References

Small Is Still Beautiful: Economics as if Families Mattered by Joseph Pearce (2006)- link to publisher

Joseph Pearce - Facebook, Instagram

Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher (1973) - link to publisher

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