Just Enough is Plenty eBook

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Thoreau’s Alternative Economics

By Samuel Alexander

In our age of overconsumption, Henry Thoreau’s fiery criticisms of consumer culture and his poetic defence of simpler living have never been more relevant or necessary. But Thoreau is not an easy writer to read. His sentences are often very dense and his ideas are often challenging and provocatively expressed. For these reasons the casual reader can be easily put off. But his perspectives are too important to miss.

This concise introduction provides a deep but accessible overview of Thoreau’s philosophy of voluntary simplicity.

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‘Just Enough Is Plenty is a superb introduction to Thoreau’s life and ideas, written with clarity and style by a leading exponent of Thoreau’s economics of voluntary simplicity. Samuel Alexander expertly guides the reader through the often difficult terrain of Thoreau’s economic ideas, highlighting the opportunities for living simpler, freer lives. The result will help a new generation of readers understand Thoreau’s essential message – and apply it to their own lives. The benefits of doing so are potentially immense.’
– Philip Cafaro, author of ‘Thoreau’s Living Ethics’

Published 2016. 74 pages in pdf format.
Simplicity Institute
ISBN 9780994160645


Samuel Alexander

Sam AlexanderDr Samuel Alexander is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Melbourne, Australia, teaching a course called ‘Consumerism and the Growth Economy: Critical Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ as part of the Master of Environment. He is also co-director of the Simplicity Institute and a research fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. Alexander’s interdisciplinary research focuses on degrowth, permaculture, voluntary simplicity, ‘grassroots’ theories of transition, and the relationship between culture and political economy. His current research is exploring the aesthetics of degrowth.

His books include Degrowth in the Suburbs: A Radical Urban Imaginary (2019, co-authored with Brendan Gleeson); Carbon Civilisation and the Energy Descent Future (2018, co-authored with Josh Floyd); Art Against Empire: Toward an Aesthetics of Degrowth (2017); Wild Democracy: Degrowth, Permaculture, and the Simpler Way (2017); Just Enough is Plenty: Thoreau’s Alternative Economics (2016); Deface the Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes (2016); Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits (2015); Sufficiency Economy: Enough, for Everyone, Forever (2015); and Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation (2013); he is also editor of Voluntary Simplicity: The Poetic Alternative to Consumer Culture (2009) and co-editor of Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future (2014). In 2016 he also released a documentary called A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity, co-produced with Jordan Osmond of Happen Films.

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