Synopsis

Just how do we make the world a better place? How do we head off the
looming environmental catastrophe? How do we end the unnecessary
suffering of global poverty and mass displacement? How do we correct the
wrongs in our society, live more fulfilling lives, fix the corruption in
government and develop policy that favours people more than it does
corporations? All this and more is answered in ‘What The World Needs Now
- 12 Essential Reforms For Surviving The 21st Century’. It is, as its front
page banner explains ‘An introduction to Political Humanism, a thoery of
Well-being’. This is a new political theory that looks at the things that
improve our society and our individual lives which it organises into 12
definable and measurable categories or Human Welfare Indices (or the
algorithm HWix12). Only when you start to look at society from this
perspective does it become glaringly obvious where we can bring about
positive change to our political and civic institutions and effect the kind of
policy that will help us survive the challenges of the 21st century.

The book first fully explains the philosophical position of Political
Humanism in the introduction chapter and then shows how it informs a
positive change in every area of society and politics - democracy,
social contract, economics, justice, education, environment, and global
relations. It lays bare the folly of our time. It scathingly criticises the
Neo-Liberal agenda giving rise to havoc within our social infrastructure
as it gets sold off to private bidders who make their millions out of our
everyday lives. It recognises the limitations that a history of Liberalism
has led us to and talks of a post-Liberal position as opposed to an
ill-liberal one. It rejects the idea that Marxism is any kind of anti-dote to
the problem and calls for the left to de-couple from this 'useless and damaging idea'. Political Humanism dismisses a revolutionary approach preferring social evolution, rational intellectualism and finding new ways for public collaboration on agreeable positions by using the technology available to us, as opposed to dividing ourselves into smaller and more politically extreme camps in an attempt to try to effect change within an antiquated political landscape.

This book is a series of great ideas for social change all emanating from
one single core philosophical position, which is essentially the love for
humanity. It is well worth a read, it could change your perception and it
is a rallying cry for social and civic reform that could just change the
world.

EK

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