By Stephen Bodington
"[Based on a sequence of] seminars ... organised by way of CAITS (Centre for substitute commercial and Technological platforms) and Middlesex Polytechnic employees [in 1984]"--P. ix.
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Ideas such as a New Deal, full employment, the welfare state, the mixed economy were formulated and fashioned out of the debris of the capitalist holocaust. We are again suffering as a nation from severe deprivation. According to Brown and Madge l in 1982: roughly ten million people are suffering from poverty, over 4 million of them in families with children ... three million are currently unemployed. One million eight hundred thousand households are living in physically unsatisfactory housing conditions in terms of overcrowding, shortage of amenities or general unfitness.
Britain in the World Economy 35 CONCLUSIONS Several pressures at large in society demand that we look clearly at the motivators and constraints which exert such tremendous effects on us all. That 'economics' is now some sort of God-like phenomenon - to which we must pay homage and make sacrifices - is a profoundly disturbing phenomenon. That peoples of one race or region are now so unremittingly pitted against each other for economic survival or advantage is another awful and dangerous trend, for 'economic warfare' breeds xenophobia, distrust and isolation.
The fundamental problem is that we seem unable to utilise the resources we have available in a way that is appropriate to the needs of our society and its members. We maintain that the primary goal of any society is to create the conditions for the satisfaction of human needs and the aspirations of all 40 Defining the Problem its members, 'from each according to his ability to each according to his needs'. Instead of moving towards this primary goal we seem to be moving in some other direction or in no direction at all.