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Understanding Prout, Volume 1

Essays on Sustainability and Transformation

Introducing a New Vision of Society

This first volume of Understanding Prout – Essays on Sustainability and Transformation was published in 2009 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Progressive Utilization Theory by the eminent Indian philosopher Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (1921-1990).


Prout (an acronym for Progressive Utilization Theory) is arguably the only socio-economic theory to emerge out of the third world that has direct applicability to the developed world. It offers a new vision of society based on cooperation rather than competition and domination.


Why describe these essays as about "sustainability and transformation"? Because, in society as in individual life, there is a constant struggle to maintain equilibrium while at the same time to learn and adapt to the new lessons that life throws at us. The challenge of the 21st century is to learn the lessons of climate change and globalisation. The essays in this volume are a refreshing contribution to that task.



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.

Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics (MIT)

Renowned academic and activist


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National Library of Australia - Cataloguing-in-Publication Data:
Jake Karlyle, 1952- and Michael Towsey, 1948-.
    Understanding Prout: Essays on Sustainability and Transformation, Volume 1.

    ISBN 978-0-9591792-3-1 (Volume One)
    ISBN 978-0-9591792-4-8 (Set of Volumes)

    1. Sarkar, Prabhat Ranjan, 1921-1990. 2. Social Sciences. 3. Social Change.

    4. Economics. 5. Cooperatives.

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