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Socioeconomic Democracy Book Announcement

Dear Friends:

The purpose of this communication is to announce the existence of, and provide an introduction to, Socioeconomic Democracy. The following items are briefly discussed below:

1. Definition of Socioeconomic Democracy.

2. Description of the forthcoming book Socioeconomic Democracy: An Advanced Socioeconomic System. 3. Book reviewers sought. 4. Teachers to consider using book as text sought. 5. Peaceful, determined, disgusted, and democratic citizen-revolutionaries sought. 6. Praeger/Greenwood (publisher of book). 7. Center for the Study of Democratic Societies introduced.

1. Definition of Socioeconomic Democracy. As originally conceived over thirty years ago, Socioeconomic Democracy (SeD) is a theoretical model socioeconomic system wherein there exist both some form of Universal Guaranteed Personal Income (UGI) and some form of Maximum Allowable Personal Wealth (MAW), with both the lower bound on personal material poverty and the upper bound on personal material wealth set and adjusted democratically by all participants of society. More extensive definitions, descriptions, and discussions exist in numerous places, including the Encyclopedia of International Political Economy published by Routledge in 2001 (right in there with capitalism, socialism, libertarianism, communism, anarchism, and (other) mixed (up) economies).

2. Description of forthcoming book Socioeconomic Democracy: An Advanced Socioeconomic System. The book, scheduled to be published by Praeger/Greenwood in March 2002, discusses many aspect of SeD. The book should be of interest to (at least) all those who are seriously concerned about the multidimensional harm (to individuals, societies, cultures, and the planet at large) caused by the extreme systemic maldistribution of material wealth intra- and internationally, and who are convinced that this problem should and can only be resolved democratically and peacefully by an informed and thoughtful citizenry.

The Table of Contents is as follows:


PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
1 SOCIOECONOMIC DEMOCRACY: THE THEORETICAL MODEL
2 UNIVERSAL GUARANTEED PERSONAL INCOME
Definition of UGI
Forms of UGI
History of UGI
Unresolved Dilemmas of UGI
3 MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE PERSONAL WEALTH
Definition of MAW
Abbreviated History
Distribution and Taxation of Wealth
Possibilities
Class Warfare
4 DEMOCRACY
Majority Rule
Qualitative Democracy
Quantitative Democracy
5 SOCIETAL VARIATIONS
Limits on Both MAW and UGI
Limit on MAW, No Limit on UGI
Limit on UGI, No Limit on MAW
No Limit on Either MAW or UGI
6 JUSTIFICATIONS
Anthropological
Philosophical
Psychological
Religious
Human Rights
7 SOCIOECONOMIC DEMOCRACY AND ISLAM
Prophet Muhammad
Islami Economics
8 INCENTIVE AND SELF-INTEREST
Incentive from MAW
Incentive from UGI
Work Ethic
9 PRACTICAL APPROXIMATIONS
Approximations to UGI
Approximations to MAW
Approximations to Democracy
10 FINANCIAL BENEFITS AND COSTS
No Bound on Either MAW or UGI
Bound on MAW, No Bound on UGI
Bound on UGI, No Bound on MAW
Bounds on Both MAW and UGI
11 PHYSICAL REALIZABILITY, FEASIBILITY, AND IMPLEMENTATION
Voting Procedure
Administrative Technicalities
Legal Technicalities
Economic Analysis
Political Considerations
Is It Possible?
12 RAMIFICATIONS
Automation, Computerization, and Robotization
Budget Deficits and National Debts
Bureaucracy
Children
Crime and Punishment
Development
Ecology, Environment, and Pollution
Economic Theory, Sorry State Thereof
Education
Elderly
Feminine Majority
Inflation
International Conflict
Intranational Conflict
Involuntary Employment
Involuntary Unemployment
Labor Strife and Strikes
Medical and Health Care
Military Metamorphosis
Natural Disasters
Planned Obsolescence
Political Participation
Poverty
Racism
Sexism
Untamed Technology
Welfare
Conclusion
APPENDIX: EXERCISES FOR THE INTERESTED
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX


The website of the Center for the Study of Democratic Societies (CSDS) at http://www.centersds.com further describes the book and presents a (not too) "Brief Introduction to Socioeconomic Democracy". The site also proudly presents courageous comments about the book by Ikram Azam (PFI), Sohail Inayatullah (WFSF), Philippe Van Parijs (BIEN), Sam Pizzigati (Maximum Wage and Too Much), the late Robert Theobald (Futurist and so much more), and Arnoldo Ventura (Special Advisor on Science and Technology to PM of Jamaica), for which this writer will ever be, and humanity will eventually be, most grateful.

3. Book reviewers sought. It is this writer's belief that this planet desperately needs a new, improved, and fundamentally democratized economic system and he so suggests in the book. Therefore, we seek thoughtful book reviewers from around the world to consider the ideas of SeD and how they might be appropriately applied in their particular "corner" of the world, with its particular mix of needless, painful, and costly politicosocioeconomic problems. If interested, please respond first to this writer. We would also appreciate copies of any reviews of the book and where these reviews appear.

4. Teachers to consider using book as text sought. For precisely the same reason outlined above, we seek thoughtful teachers ranging from undergraduate through postgraduate work, to consider using the book as a primary or supplementary text and as a starting point for much needed further research on the subject. Please contact us expressing your interest as well as Praeger requesting a descriptive brochure and an examination copy. The book is appropriate for courses in economics, political science, sociology, political philosophy, utopian studies, futures studies, psychology, and, most importantly, democratic socioeconomic engineering.

5. Peaceful, determined, disgusted, and democratic citizen-revolutionaries sought. Again, for the same reasons mentioned above, we respectfully submit that all thoughtful and concerned people, regardless of present profession, political persuasion, religion, race, sex, or circumstances will find the ideas of Socioeconomic Democracy stimulating, encouraging, and productive. The book is available from Praeger, e-Amazon, and e-Barnes & Noble, and certainly should be available in your friendly local bookstore and library.

6. Praeger/Greenwood (publisher of book). The Praeger/Greenwood address is:

Praeger Publishers

Greenwood Publishing Group

88 Post Road West

PO Box 5007

Westport, CT 06881-5007

http://www.greenwood.com

7. Center for the Study of Democratic Societies introduced. The Center for the Study of Democratic Societies (CSDS) is a research and educational institution (founded in 1969) dedicated to the examination and explanation of the properties and possibilities of democratic societies and democratic socioeconomic systems. You are cordially invited to visit our website at , where you will find much more about the theory of Socioeconomic Democracy, a description of our book on the subject published by Praeger/Greenwood, an invitation to our Study Programs in Socioeconomic Democracy, and a much needed break from all this serious stuff on our Lighter Side pages. If you find any of the material there (or here, for that matter) of interest, we would be happy to hear from you and explore future possibilities with you. We also intend to make a major update to our links page and invite anyone so interested to exchange links with us. If you have friends or e-lists that you think might be interested in this message, please feel free to forward it to them. Thank you.

Most sincerely,

Robley E. George, Director

Center for the Study of Democratic Societies

http://www.centersds.com


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