Island House Press is a small Toronto-based press that originated forty years ago as an independent vehicle to publish volumes of poetry. Recently, it underwent a change in ownership and a rebirth in purpose. Its co-owners, Terrance Quinn (PhD, MSc, BSc) and John Benton (MA, B.Ed, BA) have introduced a new kind of journalism to its publications – a fusion of journalistic and scholarly writing that not only appeals to a wide audience without implying simplification, but also encourages scholars at all levels to work gradually toward the distant goal of “reading on the level of the times.” These publications envision a time when ecologies are cared for, and when economies, cultures and education promote leisure and human creativity with fresh solutions to concrete problems. Its most recent title, Economics Actually: Today and Tomorrow. Sustainable and Inclusive. co-authored by Quinn and Benton, introduces a structure for economic science that has not yet been picked up by professional economists. Forthcoming titles include Bent On Futurology’s Journeyism Series and A Student Guide Towards Luminous Theoretical Understanding in Two-Flow Economics.
Accessible to a wide audience, Economics Actually introduces a structure for economic science that has not yet been picked up by professional economists. It begins with facts and data to reveal key functions and relations by which to understand any economy and any economic event. The structure is operative in firms of all sizes, from the smallest roadside business to global corporations and world stock markets. It is the much-needed basis from which to address today’s unprecedented social, economic and ecological crises.
Imagine having an economic theory that is correct. What would life be like if we knew how economies work, and are working. Consider what would happen if we could implement intelligent and responsible strategies and policies that supported a sane and sustainable economy. Imagine ending the role of contemporary economics in advancing economic, political, ecological, and cultural crises.