Why Capitalists Need Communists

The Politics of Flourishing

  • Charles Seaford

Part of the Wellbeing in Politics and Policy book series (WPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Why We Should Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Charles Seaford
      Pages 3-24
    3. Charles Seaford
      Pages 25-35
  3. Why We Can Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Charles Seaford
      Pages 39-70
    3. Charles Seaford
      Pages 71-90
    4. Charles Seaford
      Pages 91-108
    5. Charles Seaford
      Pages 109-124
  4. How We Can Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Charles Seaford
      Pages 127-145
    3. Charles Seaford
      Pages 147-168
    4. Charles Seaford
      Pages 169-189
    5. Charles Seaford
      Pages 191-215
    6. Charles Seaford
      Pages 217-229
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 231-244

About this book


Britain faces huge challenges: inequality, public services under constant pressure, climate change - and in the long term, the impacts of automation and artificial intelligence. At the same time, the political and economic elite seem to have reached an impasse: there is a sense that things can only get worse. In Why Capitalists Need Communists, Charles Seaford demonstrates that this need not be, that radical, progressive change is perfectly possible and that the polarisation and nostalgia afflicting us is not inevitable. History shows that it is precisely when the ruling elite loses confidence – which it has – that significant change happens and that new alliances are formed to take over. Tackling the challenges will take planning, redistribution, re-fashioned business and finance, and a new ideology – one which confirms that we really can create the conditions for more people to flourish. But this is not a pipe-dream. This book sets out just how this can come about, based on interviews with over 50 business people, politicians, analysts and activists. Everyone with an interest in the future should read it.

Charles Seaford is a co-investigator at the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity, UK, and was formerly Head of the Centre for Wellbeing at the New Economics Foundation.


Flourishing capitalism Politics of flourishing left alternatives inequality housing automation public services climate change social and economic classes dystopia utopia social change establishment counter-elite globalisation restructuring redistribution inequality business

Authors and affiliations

  • Charles Seaford
    • 1
  1. 1.LondonUK

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