Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits

I’ve just published a new book, Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits, which is the first volume of my collected essays to be published this year. The cover and endorsements are posted below. A second book of collected essays, Sufficiency Economy: Enough, for Everyone, Forever, will be published in a couple of months.

The paperback of Prosperous Descent is available here. I’d be very grateful if readers could help support my work by buying a copy of this book, but for those unable to do so a link to a pdf copy will be sent out to subscribers of the Simplicity Institute in a few days. Please sign up to the Simplicity Institute here to receive the link. If you could share info about this book on your social networks that would also be greatly appreciated too. Thanks, as always, for your support.

Prosperous Descent is a creative and important contribution to a movement with surprising momentum, one that challenges the very notions of progress and wellbeing on which our societies are constructed. It is a radical challenge in the best sense of the term. We can all learn a great deal from Samuel Alexander, both about our societies and about how to live our lives.’
– Clive Hamilton, author of Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough and Growth Fetish

‘In this treatise, Samuel Alexander strives with great persuasiveness and using all the right arguments to convince us to switch from the misery of the present into the utopia of frugal abundance, to escape the Apocalypse looming.’
– Serge Latouche, author of Farewell to Growth

‘This timely book reminds us that the good life is the simple life; a life within limits. It is a truly interdisciplinary volume, covering topics from the macroeconomics of a planned degrowth, to the ecology of planetary limits, to the sociology of voluntary simplifiers. A must read.’
– Giorgos Kallis, co-editor of Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era

‘Consumer capitalist society is characterised by a deep feeling of anxiety and isolation. It persists by inculcating a deep sense of disempowerment and diluting our radical imagination. The strength of this book lies in its ability to delicately weave together not only the theory but also the practice of simplicity. It carries with it the moral weight of generations of people who have demonstrated a different way of living and the shallowness of consumer society.’
– Peter D. Burdon, author of Earth Jurisprudence and co-editor of Wild Law: In Practice

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