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Third Ways: How Bulgarian Greens, Swedish Housewives, and Beer-Swilling Englishmen Created Family-Centered Economies - And Why They Disappeared

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Freewheeling capitalism or collectivist communism: when it came to political-economic systems, did the twentieth century present any other choice? Does our century? In Third Ways, social historian Allan Carlson tells the story of how different thinkers from Bulgaria to Great Britain created economic systems during the twentieth century that were by intent neither capitalis ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published October 15th 2007 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
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Steven Wedgeworth
Dec 18, 2012 Steven Wedgeworth rated it it was amazing
For anyone who has ever complained about the American Two-Party system or the destructive restriction of the "Left" vs. "Right" polarity, this book is for you. Carlson shows concrete examples of "Third Ways," neither capitalist nor socialist, but centered around the family and the household, to include home and property. These groups had a mix of "conservative" moral and social values and "liberal" promotion of state policy to protect and advance local communities. Of course, each of these ...more
Peter B.
May 21, 2014 Peter B. rated it really liked it
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This was an educational book for me, as I was unfamiliar with most of the history it discussed. In the book, Carlson follows several European efforts at developing a "Third Way" (capitalism and communism being the first two). The Third Way sought to protect and promote the natural family unit and its private property and relational society as basic elements of society ignored by capitalism and communism. It sought to answer the question: "How might economics development be channeled so as to ...more
Matt Carpenter
Apr 06, 2011 Matt Carpenter rated it liked it
I've been wanting to read this book for a while and finally finished it. It is a summary of economists, politicians, writers, and government officials who sought an economic system besides communism and capitalism upon which to build their country. To say they were against capitalism is somewhat wrong, because what they were really against was big businesses (which usually are the result of government help to those particular businesses).

Allan Carlson is an enjoyable writer. His research is exc
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Kate Elizabeth
Aug 02, 2013 Kate Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
If you are disillusioned with the monster of capitalism and the cruelty of communism/socialism, then this book is for you. Building off of Hilaire Belloc's/G.K. Chesterton's Distributist philosophy and the agrarian philosophy espoused by Alexander Chayanov, Karl Polanyi, and Wendell Berry, Allan Carlson writes a concise, easy-to-understand history of a "Third Way" approach to economics. While praising this "Third Way" as arguably the best method of doing economics in a free society, Carlson does ...more
Job Dalomba
Jun 30, 2014 Job Dalomba rated it liked it
The information was very good here but I found it to be a slow read, taking a long time to get to what I wanted to read about and often not being much to say about what I wanted to read. A great reference for the future though.
Pati
Jul 25, 2013 Pati rated it it was amazing
A well written and interesting look into alternatives to socialism & capitalism. What was successful, what wasn't, and why. Also goes into where we are today and possibilities for the future. Really enjoyed, and really learned a lot from this book.
Lee
Mar 13, 2009 Lee rated it liked it
A conservative thinker discusses various movements to create an economic alternative to capitalism and socialism. Some very intriguing ideas, though one wonders what practical usefulness they have today.
C. Tilden
Feb 28, 2013 C. Tilden rated it really liked it
thoroughly researched and documented. a must read for anyone interested in family centered economies, or economics in general for that matter. interesting to learn how pacifism played such a large role in the downfall of alternative economies in the 20th century.
Matthew
Jan 02, 2014 Matthew marked it as to-read
Shelves: politics, culture
I've been wanting to read this for a while now. The title alone makes it a winner. :) I just received it in the mail, so I'll post an actual review once I'm done reading it.
Simon
Apr 23, 2014 Simon rated it liked it
Shelves: economics, sociology
Fascinating stuff. Blows a big old hole in the contemporary left-right economic divide. Carlson writes well, and his project of family-centered economics and politics a breath of fresh air.
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