The People's Capitalism

Volume II of Social Capitalism in Theory & Practice

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Robert Corfe
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About The Author

Under different pseudonyms, Robert Corfe is also the author of 3 autobiographical works: Death In Riyadh (Geoff Carter) describing his life as a businessman in the Middle East in the 80s; My Conflict With A Soviet Spy (Eddie Miller) relating his adventures in Finland in the mid-60s; and, The Girl From East Berlin (James Furner) an epic novel relating his love affair in the old German capital at the end of the 50s.

About The Book

In this second volume of Robert Corfe’s major work on Social Capitalism, he outlines the principles and practical steps which are necessary in creating an industrial system, and work environment, which is both just and free. The first part of the book describes the nature of power in the spheres of both government and business, and how the parliamentary politics of the left has been unsuited for the role of socializing capitalism The second part analyses the reasons for this failure to act as an instrument for change, and Part III describes in some detail, the principles for establishing a benign Productive capitalism which through a self-adjusting mechanism creates a more equitable economy. Part IV outlines a new role for an enlightened trade unionism in helping to bring such a social capitalism into fruition, whilst the final part is concerned with the human priorities of politics as they influence all sectors of society.

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In the world of the 90% heterogeneous middle-middle majority, which we find throughout the advanced industrialised economies in both East and West, all are equally affected by the major socio-economic issues of our time. This has resulted inevitably in eroding left/right (or class-based) politics as a relevant or useful tool for the future in advancing the cause of justice and equity.

In this second volume of Robert Corfe’s major work on Social Capitalism, he turns to examining the financial-industrial system and identifies issues, which are untouched by contemporary politicians across the political spectrum. Whilst politicians live in their own self-enclosed world of dated ideologies, the author highlights urgent and major problems which are significant for us all in the real world. Through a careful analysis of the underlying forces which directly affect the majority, he formulates a new political language, and in doing so, creates a fresh perspective and vision for the future.

No people can hope to be free without capitalism, competition, and free consumer choice. But capitalism is not a single or monistic system as traditionally projected by the political establishment. As the author demonstrates, through both empirical evidence and the development of ideas, capitalism may be manifested as either a malign or benign influence on society. In this book the concept of Productive capitalism is promoted as the desirable path towards which peoples worldwide should strive.

It is socially self-destructive Rentier capitalism, with its accumulation of wealth into ever fewer hands, and the polarisation of society, which needs to be opposed. But the political battles which lie ahead, in promoting a benign financial-industrial system, will be very different from those in the past, since it is an economic system which will need to be confronted rather than an identifiable sector of the community.