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Tools for Conviviality Paperback – Jul 1 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd; 1 edition (July 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714509744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714509747
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,227,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on July 20 2001
Format: Paperback
"Leftists operate as industrial elitists and only serves big business with their social programs that insure the subordination of an underclass of consumers to keep the capital and mythical progressivism on motion"?? What are you smoking?!! Actually, many Marxists revere both Illich and Fromm. We currently live in a world marred by global finance-capital impoverishing and destroying the well-being of millions for the mega-profits of a few, and industrial realities play a key role in the problem... as well as the solution: its time for workers to harness for themselves what they create and have created for their own benefit locally and internationally. I really don't think a proper reading of "Tools for Conviviality" condradicts this.
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HASH(0x9e496da4) out of 5 stars This is undoubtedly a life-changing book. July 18 1998
By Tod Abrahamson (todwith1d@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I can't say enough about the importance of this book. In short, Illich makes the point that there is a way in which the so-called "Third World" countries can avoid industrialization, and move directly into the post-industrialist state that the developed world is headed. There is no doubt in my mind that we will look back on this man's work sometime in the near future and realize how amazingly right he is. It is really a shame that he does not have more of an influence than he does. Some of the points in this book are so right that they seem impossible to refute or even question. I really can't even put into words the influence that the book has had on me. It is something everyone should read, and it's short enough that it can be done in a matter of a few hours. Please feel free to e-mail me and tell me what you thought of it, or of other works by this genius as I am going to work on trying to popularize and spread his ideas.
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HASH(0x9e496df8) out of 5 stars stunningly topical Aug. 27 2012
By Maria - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was blown away by the fact that 40 years after it was first written, this little book can make so much sense!
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HASH(0x9e49d24c) out of 5 stars Who's got privilege? Not me! Aug. 21 2014
By Joe Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
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I think Illich was way ahead of his time. He shows that any program, or lack of program should be questioned: "Who benefits, who pays, who decides" He talks a lot about the ideas of Privilege and of Monopoly. Most of us are unaware of our own privilege, even when we are aware of that of others. Henry George in "Progress and Poverty" offers a solution to the economic aspects of privilege and monopoly.
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HASH(0x9e49d234) out of 5 stars Profound insight Nov. 11 2014
By Daniel Pizarro - Published on Amazon.com
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Incredibly well presented case for understanding our relationship with tools.
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HASH(0x9e49d6fc) out of 5 stars Kernels of insight buried in piles of manure June 23 2015
By Cicero - Published on Amazon.com
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An interesting look back at 1970 utopian socialism. Many, if not most of the prescriptions are ridiculous, suggestions such as limiting all transportation to the speed of bicycles or setting maximum and minimum incomes very close.

The book does offer some healthy critiques of technology and its potential for dehumanization (not the language used in the book). Also some of the analysis of institutional structures like education, which is condemned as conditioning only for industrial production have some validity. Politics and even language are indicted as creating a society of consumers who are slaves to addiction or slaves to envy.

Offers a historical perspective on anti-progress arguments that still appear today, but today, the sharp teeth are covered by benign dentures.