A New Release from Proutist Universal Publications - 2003
Prout's Vision for a New World
For Immediate Release
Announcing a new book offering a better, practical alternative to global capitalism.
After Capitalism: Prout’s Vision for a New World sheds light on the Progressive Utilization Theory, or Prout, a socio-economic model based on decentralized economic democracy, cooperative enterprise and the ethics of inclusion. Noam Chomsky, Frei Betto, Johan Galtung, Leonardo Boff, Sohail Inayatullah, Ravi Batra, Mark Friedman and Marcos Arruda – have contributed to this revolutionary new book that presents comprehensive and practical answers.
The book asserts that capitalism contains the seeds of its own destruction, based as it is on greed, intense competition and the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. In contrast, Prout provides a model of economic development grounded in universal values. It seeks to balance regional self-reliant economic development with ecological protection, and encourages creativity and innovation.
In his preface to the book, Noam Chomsky stated, “Alternative visions are crucial at this moment in history. Prout’s cooperative model of economic democracy, based on cardinal human values and sharing the resources of the planet for the welfare of everyone, deserves our serious consideration.” Historian Howard Zinn, author of the best-selling A People’s History of the United States, wrote: “After Capitalism is refreshingly original. It is spiritual and utopian while remaining grounded in reality. Its analysis is intelligent and its vision inspiring.”
Theologian Leonardo Boff, in his contribution to the book, wrote that Prout “is very important to all who yearn for a liberation which starts from economics and opens to a totality of personal and social human existence.” Frei Betto, said, “The constitutional proposals of Prout are the ethical summary of everything that humanity needs to accomplish universal fraternity.”
After Capitalism offers refreshing new hope for a world without poverty, war and injustice. It is a practical, sustainable vision for future generations. It is a comprehensive approach to eradicate poverty, improve the quality of life and make every region of the world self-reliant.
The book shows:
· Why, unlike capitalism and communism, the concepts of Prout are in harmony with human psychology;
· How Prout’s vision can restore ecological balance and nurture the soul;
· Where model projects and political movements based on Prout are located;
· How to implement Prout’s economic democracy and self-determination in your region.
The Author: Dada Maheshvarananda is unusual: an American who chose to become an orange-clad monk of the Yoga tradition. He is a highly respected monk, social service worker, social activist and organizer, and a teacher of meditation and Yoga. Dada has worked with exceptional commitment in these capacities for over thirty years. He has served and benefited many people and communities throughout the world -- Southeast Asia, South Asia, South America and North America. Dada Maheshvarananda has studied and continues to study the theory and application of the Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT).
Dada also studied under the personal guidance of the visionary and founder of PROUT, the late Mr. Prabhat R. Sarkar (1920-1990). He has dedicated his life to not only conveying what PROUT is, but more so to serving "all living beings" through PROUT's application. Mr. Maheshvarananda is affectionately referred to as Dada, which simply means "brother." His complete name is Acharya Maheshvarananda Avadhuta, a Sanskrit name. Acharya is a title meaning "spiritual teacher" and "one who teaches by example." The name Maheshvarananda signifies "one who experiences the bliss of the Lord." Avadhuta means "renunciate monk dedicated to service."
Prout's Vision for a New World is available in English, Spanish and