ARENA BOOKS (PUBLISHERS)
WELCOMES CONTRIBUTIONS FROM RELEVANTLY QUALIFIED AUTHORS IN THE UK OR ELSEWHERE IN HELPING TO BUILD A LIBRARY OF SOCIAL CAPITALIST LITERATURE
Our role as publishers of Socio-Economic & political texts –
Arena Books fulfils the much-needed function of producing titles on the theory and practice of Social Capitalism, and related issues stemming from a radical re-think of our place in the world today. Although this thinking may conveniently be boxed into the category of “left of centre,” in view of the need to float entirely new ideas in conjunction with the breakdown of the old left/right barriers in the world of contemporary politics, we would prefer to eschew the stale old labels of “left” and “right.”
In this way we aim our appeal at all thinking people of good intent irrespective of political affiliation. In the advanced industrial world, we now live in a political environment where parties of the right may demonstrably claim to promote the interests of the poorer or less privileged members of our community no less effectively than those of the left.
If we are moving into an age of political social conscience which transcends the limitations and pragmatism of mere party structures, then so be it. If the right is to promote a radical social programme (as judged objectively) whilst the left fudges the issues of justice and equity through compromising with financial-industrial forces it is unable to confront in any practical sense, then this demonstrates that those with their hands on the levers of economic power are better placed to promote the needs of the under-privileged, if indeed such power-wielders are at the same time men and women of genuine social conscience and intent.
In the four following seminal works, the political scientist and industrial publicist, Robert Corfe, has set out to describe the transformation of society and the changing sociology of work over the past 60 years, and he demonstrates the bankruptcy of socialism in view of these changes: Egalitarianism of The Free Society and the end of class conflict; Emergence of The New Majority; The People’s Capitalism, and, Prosperity in a Stable World. Whilst standing by the practical aims originally formulated in the first half of the 19th century, he is able to construct a Social Capitalism which is very different in its aspect, attitudes, and mode of action from the radical politics of a former era.
Since he repudiates totally the concept of class-based politics as destructive and a hindrance to progress, his ideas and concept of Social Capitalism could easily be accepted as both attractive and valid by those on either end of the political spectrum. It is the promotion of class-based struggle which sticks in the gullet of today’s majority – irrespective of its social origins or present status in the community.
His guiding light throughout the four books is the call for people power within the framework of a well-informed and responsible society. The idea of class war is repudiated, not only on the grounds that it is antipathetic to the feelings of those in advanced industrial societies in promoting unnecessary division; but more significantly, because the consciousness of the majority in our global village – irrespective of status – is fixed on the greater threats of international capital, environmental problems, war, etc., which do not easily lend themselves to class-based politics. It is shown how these threats enforce a kind of social equality, which points towards the need for a Social Capitalism (acceptable across the political spectrum), and this calls for a struggle against an economic system rather than against specific population sectors.
The above four books represent an opening salvo against the political apathy of the present time in an attempt to create a constructive and relevant politics for the future which will once again succeed in engaging the minds of the thinking majority. Unless the imagination of people is captured through promoting positive political ideas, as opposed to appealing to negative voting, there can be no real democracy.
Arena Books invites interested academics and others to contribute to the debate with complementary proposals for building a library of non-partisan Social Capitalist philosophy. We are also interested in publishing a wide range of other socio-political texts which help to throw light on problems facing peoples in Britain and throughout the world.
As Arena Books sets out to seek as wide a readership as it can amongst thinking people, publications should therefore be addressed to a lay readership which presupposes no technical or esoteric knowledge. Political knowledge for intelligent discussion must be made available to all, as otherwise democratic participation is unworkable in any meaningful sense. Hence jargon or specialised terms are either avoided or explained in straight forward language when they occur. Our writers are urged to present their texts in a lively and forthright style for enjoyable reading. All that is required is a deep interest in politics and an intelligent appreciation of the social sciences in deriving the best benefit from our books.
The next step –
Prospective authors in contributing to the building of Social Capitalist philosophy will first have read all 4 source books of the movement as cited in other links of this website. This is an essential preparation in stimulating thought on the vital issues to be discussed and expanded upon. A reading of these books will quickly assure researchers and writers of the huge potential for developing ideas and policies already floated.
If you have an idea for a book arising from the original sources then contact James Farrell at Arena Books describing your proposition. If the general thesis is of interest to us, we shall encourage you to go ahead, but of course the publishers cannot undertake to publish any work until the completed book has been read and accepted in house. Any work should acknowledge the original source material from which quotations should be taken in supporting its arguments.
Please note that Arena Books does not publish pamphlets or any papers shorter than book length. Books should be approximately between 200-300 pages, but may be as short as 120 pages. As noted above, a good or easy literary style should be adopted which addresses the subject matter to the educated general public as opposed to an esoteric elite. Jargon-filled Phd-academic style dissertations will not be accepted since they would be unsuitable for the wider readership we seek, but this does not mean they should be any less intellectually rigorous than university standard publications. In the first instance, please contact us via e-mail at:- email@example.com