Process Politics: Can Working Towards Worker Self-Management Produce Happiness?

One of the great theorists of happiness in the 19th century was Jeremy Bentham. His theory was that whatever produced the greatest happiness for the greatest number was a call for democracy. Yet his approach to happiness was very individualistic – measuring increments of pain and pleasure in the individual. A less well known contemporary of Bentham, William Thompson attempted to socialize the meaning of happiness and connect it to the production of worker self-management.

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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