The Lindisfarne Tapes

E.F. Schumacher: The Metaphysical Roots of Decentralist Economics

Episode Summary

E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered and A Guide for the Perplexed, lays out the metaphysical and theological roots of decentralist economics and right livelihood. He considers quantity vs. quality, growth vs. non-growth, decentralization vs. centralization, and uniformity vs. unity. (Episode photo courtesy of

Episode Notes

The Lindisfarne Tapes are selected recordings of presentations and conversations at the Lindisfarne Fellows’ meetings. In March of 2013 William Thompson granted permission to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics to transfer the talks from the old reel-to-reel tapes to digital format so that they could be posted online and shared freely. In 2021, the Schumacher Center used the digital audio to create the Lindisfarne Tapes Podcast. Reposting should include acknowledgment of Learn more about the Lindisfarne Tapes here.

Schumacher delivered this lecture in 1974 at the Lindisfarne Summer Conference, "Planetary Culture and New Image of Humanity."