Future Makers, Future Takers: Life in Australia 2050

Future Makers, Future Takers: Life in Australia 2050

Future Makers, Future Takers: Life in Australia 2050

Future Makers, Future Takers: Life in Australia 2050

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The world keeps looking for a convincing model of social organisation. Not only are the laissez-faire and communist models out of favour, so is the pragmatic mix of policies and programs that seemed to work in mixed economies in the 'golden age' which ran from 1947 to the mid-seventies. This is despite the fact that the battle to have societies organised around the ideas of self-regulated market capitalism and small government has been temporarily won by the proponents of those ideas. For a good half century to come, the first world is likely to be made up of societies that are variants of the 'capitalist democracy' model. One of these will be Australia. Within that boundary condition, what are the practicable choices available for managing our society? If we want a society with good long-term survival prospects and offering high quality of life to all (goals that I lump together as quality survival), as this book assumes we do, can we articulate and evaluate defensible and distinctly different alternative ways of attempting to create such a society? Even if it takes fifty years to get there?

Future Makers, Future Takers is based on the unadventurous assertion that it is not too difficult to abstract, from our culture's pool of ideas about societal organiisation, several coherent, integrated, ideotypical (sharply contrasting) strategies for managing Australian society. While there is evidence and argument available to support the adoption of any of these strategies, evidence is not proof and, in the end, these strategies have to be regarded as belief systems which, if implemented, may or may not produce the Australia we want.

This book formulates three strategies which address, in different ways and with different emphases, a common set of economic, social and environmental concerns. Inevitably, it is easy enough to identify similarities between these strategies and contemporary political positions. But to present the three strategies in as fair a way as I can, I have been extremely careful to play down such links and compensate for my own biases. In return, the reader might resist 'going . . .

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