Small Is Powerful

By Adam Lent

Find out why the era of big government, big business & big culture is over

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Chapter Outline for Small Is Powerful

Small is Powerful: why the era of big government, big business and big culture is over (and why it’s a good thing)

Contents and Structure

Adam Lent

Chapter 1: Introduction

Our world will be more free, stable, fair and creative when power and resources are less concentrated in big organisations and more widely distributed amongst smaller organisations and individuals.

Chapter 2: The Fall and Rise of Small

Freedom’s Birth: how our notion of freedom, developed in the 17th and 18th Centuries, was conceived in a context of small organisations and distributed power and how today’s dominance of big organisations and concentrated power undermines that freedom.

How Big Became Beautiful: how the big state, big corporation and big civil associations came to dominate the twentieth century.

The 1970s: When Small Fought Back: how the seeds of a ‘small revolution’ were planted in the 1970s by radical thinkers, campaigners and entrepreneurs.

Small Goes Big: how and why the ‘small revolution’ has intensified in the 21st Century.


Chapter 3: The Small Economy

Concentrate with a Capital C: why the concentration of ownership within a small number of very big organisations creates inequality and instability and damages creativity.

Big Versus Big Doesn’t Equal Fair: why the 20th Century solution of using the big state to counteract the power of big, concentrated ownership has failed.

Seven Billion Capitalists: what would the world be like if ownership was distributed more evenly?

Busting the Hoover Dam: what needs to change to let ownership spread more evenly?


Chapter 4: Small Politics

Zombie Politics: why big politics continues long after nearly everyone has lost the faith.

Politics for “The Little People”: how politics and public services can operate at a human scale.

Killing the Zombie: what needs to happen to create a small politics.


Chapter 5: Small Culture and Society

Seven Billion Eccentrics: why we need as much diversity as possible in (almost) everything.

Small-Minded People Love Big Power: why controlling the way other people choose to live is so popular.

Small Freedoms, Big Minds: how can everyone be free to choose how to live.


Conclusion: Small is Powerful

A Small Solution: how a smaller world can resolve the age old conflict between freedom and equality

Standing up for Small: what we need to do to bring a small world a lot closer.


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