Excellent article, the antithesis to so much of what I see from self styled self help gurus on this site. I’ve known of Lovelock and his work for many years, having been introduced to it by a work colleague during a conversation about the push from business and government for everything to get bigger all the time.

I said my belief was things should get smaller and stay small. A nation of 58 million as Britain approximately was at the time) is far too big a human community to be efficiently managed and the bulk of the population are too far away from the people who make decisions that affect the lives of the masses.

This remoteness from the main body of the population has led to a failure on the part of those in power to understand how human communities work and what the concerns of middle income individuals are. Thus we have seen industries wiped out by what are termed disruptive technologies but would be more accurately described as destructive technologies. $£Ebillions of taxpayers money has been pumped into developing technologies to replace human workers, thus increasing efficiency and profits but reducing the distibution of wealth through wages. Little has been done to replace those jobs.

Likewise with business, for decades government policies had made life difficult for small business but encouraged giant corporations with tax breaks, laws making the hiding of profits in low tax jurisdictions easy, to become ever bigger.

This is a huge topic that can’t possibly be covered in a comment thread, but I hope I might have given other readers food for thought.

Opted for comfortable retirement before I was fifty due to health problems and burn out. Now spend my time writing and goofing around. Home: northern England..

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