From Here to Prosperity

From Here to Prosperity tackles the crisis of economic inequality and weaves together practical solutions hidden in plain sight. The book gives voice to widespread frustration at the failure of partisan politics and traditional economics to end toxic inequality worldwide. However, instead of dwelling on these grievances, Tom Burgess charts a seductively simple path forward. He articulates a reform agenda and a strategy to provide immediate and substantial relief to millions of people struggling to make ends meet.

Publication date:  May 2016
Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn, London
Distributed in UK and USA

Click here to order direct from publisher 

Buy Now on Amazon USA and Amazon UK

Recent events:

July 25, Monday, 7pm: Book Passage, Corte Madera, California 

August 9 Tuesday, 7.30pm: Books Inc, Mountain View, California

In media:

Inequality.org: Income for me/wealth for we 4 October 2015

Making Wealth Fair 2 June 2016

ResPublica: 29 October 2015

"Governments across the world are grappling with the increasingly toxic issue of social and economic inequalities. This book by Tom Burgess contributes some bold and imaginative ideas to the ongoing debate with a view to coming up with a package of practical solutions designed to bring about a reduction in financial hardship currently experienced by so many people worldwide."

Professor David Wilson, Emeritus Professor and Pro-Chancellor, De Montfort University

A sound, common sense approach to engaging business for the greater good where we all can profit. It is not enough for business to have a social conscience.  It is the performance that counts.  Tom Burgess offers a practical agenda to engage the philosophy of a corporate social conscience through initiatives such as tax reform, profit allocation and self-financing infrastructure investment. A defining statement which should be read by all entrepreneurs who seek a clear alternative perspective to progress their business.   

 David A Kerfoot MBE DL

Burgess presents a much-needed path to engage both the wealthy and everyone else.  It isn’t punitive, it is inclusive.  It isn’t billionaire bashing, it’s bridge building.  The principle of "Income for me, wealth for we" is not just practical, it is executable.  This book outlines an agenda to build balance again with greater opportunity, a healthy middle class and a productive environment for the continued creation of wealth for the benefit of all, not just the few.

Chuck Collins, author, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.  Co-editor of Inequality.org, co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good and the Patriotic Millionaires.

Long before Piketty quantified it, some thinkers realized that a chasm of inequality had been opening up over the past twenty-five years between the have-nots and the have-alls (leaving aside the increasingly squeezed middle). Burgess was one of these early thinkers, and his thesis that zero-sum economics is socially and financially destructive is the product of a generation's-worth of hard thinking on the matter. The analysis and solutions Burgess puts forward are radical and urgently in need of implementation.

Prof. Chris Green, Formerly Associate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

A century ago, civic-minded business people who understood how concentrated wealth undermines our democracy helped launch the struggle that toppled America's original plutocracy. In Income for me, wealth for we, Tom Burgess reignites that civic-minded spirit. 

 Sam Pizzigati, Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow and author, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970.

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Overview of From Here to Prosperity

From Here to Prosperity tackles the crisis of economic inequality and weaves together practical solutions hidden in plain sight. The book gives voice to widespread frustration at the failure of partisan politics and traditional economics to end toxic inequality worldwide. However, instead of dwelling on these grievances, Tom Burgess charts a seductively simple path forward. He articulates a reform agenda and a strategy to provide immediate and substantial relief to millions of people struggling to make ends meet.

Burgess also avoids the political pitfalls that can derail proposals aimed at minimizing economic inequality. From Here to Prosperity is not an invitation to a zero-sum class struggle, nor an attempt wage warfare under a different name. Burgess’ approach is both more original and less divisive. While it aims to provide relief to the people who need it most, it also enlists the support and consent of the wealthy, who would benefit greatly under a fair and sustainable approach to the creation and distribution of wealth.

Instead of rebuking policy elites and elected officials for their assorted sins — e.g., corruption, fraud, inauthenticity, etc. — Burgess formulates a new model of political leadership and challenges the higher echelons of power to jettison obsolete habits of mind and shift to the inevitable course toward prosperity for all.

Burgess addresses all participants in the shift to shared prosperity — the wealthy and the poor, people at the center and the margins of power. But the shift must begin, Burgess argues, with you: an independent thinker, a human being with a voice and a easy access to social media, a citizen demanding change.

About Thomas Burgess

Tom Burgess has had a successful business career and a long involvement in politics. He has been a serial entrepreneur, journalist, editor, lecturer and broadcaster. He was active in student politics, has stood for public office, was a founder member of a new political party and has edited a political newspaper.

Frustrated by a lot of talk and no strong action, Tom builds on his business and political experience to focus on a simple clear theme to propose practical polices that would change the underlying structural inequality problems in our society. Some of the ideas are inspired by the work of Tom’s late father, the economist, Dr Ronald Burgess who was Director of the Economic Study Association and author of the book Public Revenue without Taxation. 

For 30 years Tom has worked for businesses he founded and developed them into profitable, self-sustaining enterprises. Through his advice and experience, he made significant contributions to the success of over 400 leading business-to-business and technology companies such as Acer, Amstrad, British Telecom, Novell, Sage and Regus as well as for Republic of Ireland and the State of California.  His company managed public relations campaigns in over 80 countries from its offices in London and San Francisco. He has been recognised for his “vision and initiative to create, develop and sustain successful business ventures” when he was awarded Highly Commended as one of six finalists in the 2002 Entrepreneurial Director of the Year sponsored by the Institute of Directors. He founded Savemoneynow, an independent online price comparison service for household bills, named Website of the Week by a national newspaper. 

Tom holds a BA Honours in Public Administration from De Montfort University, Leicester, where he was also elected President of the Students Union and sat on the University academic board and governing body. He has been a journalist at Computing, at the time the UK’s leading weekly IT newspaper, a producer and presenter for BBC and community radio, a mobile DJ, booked and managed music events and worked on tours for leading bands in the 70s. Tom is a member of the Commonwealth Club of California and the Royal Economic Society.  Tom has three children, all graduated and working in media and marketing.

 

 

 

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From Here to Prosperity

From Here to Prosperity tackles the crisis of economic inequality and weaves together practical solutions hidden in plain sight. The book gives voice to widespread frustration at the failure of partisan politics and traditional economics to end toxic inequality worldwide. However, instead of dwelling on these grievances, Tom Burgess charts a seductively simple path forward. He articulates a reform agenda and a strategy to provide immediate and substantial relief to millions of people struggling to make ends meet.

Publication date:  May 2016
Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn, London
Distributed in UK and USA

Click here to order direct from publisher 

Buy Now on Amazon USA and Amazon UK

Recent events:

July 25, Monday, 7pm: Book Passage, Corte Madera, California 

August 9 Tuesday, 7.30pm: Books Inc, Mountain View, California

In media:

Inequality.org: Income for me/wealth for we 4 October 2015

Making Wealth Fair 2 June 2016

ResPublica: 29 October 2015

"Governments across the world are grappling with the increasingly toxic issue of social and economic inequalities. This book by Tom Burgess contributes some bold and imaginative ideas to the ongoing debate with a view to coming up with a package of practical solutions designed to bring about a reduction in financial hardship currently experienced by so many people worldwide."

Professor David Wilson, Emeritus Professor and Pro-Chancellor, De Montfort University

A sound, common sense approach to engaging business for the greater good where we all can profit. It is not enough for business to have a social conscience.  It is the performance that counts.  Tom Burgess offers a practical agenda to engage the philosophy of a corporate social conscience through initiatives such as tax reform, profit allocation and self-financing infrastructure investment. A defining statement which should be read by all entrepreneurs who seek a clear alternative perspective to progress their business.   

 David A Kerfoot MBE DL

Burgess presents a much-needed path to engage both the wealthy and everyone else.  It isn’t punitive, it is inclusive.  It isn’t billionaire bashing, it’s bridge building.  The principle of "Income for me, wealth for we" is not just practical, it is executable.  This book outlines an agenda to build balance again with greater opportunity, a healthy middle class and a productive environment for the continued creation of wealth for the benefit of all, not just the few.

Chuck Collins, author, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.  Co-editor of Inequality.org, co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good and the Patriotic Millionaires.

Long before Piketty quantified it, some thinkers realized that a chasm of inequality had been opening up over the past twenty-five years between the have-nots and the have-alls (leaving aside the increasingly squeezed middle). Burgess was one of these early thinkers, and his thesis that zero-sum economics is socially and financially destructive is the product of a generation's-worth of hard thinking on the matter. The analysis and solutions Burgess puts forward are radical and urgently in need of implementation.

Prof. Chris Green, Formerly Associate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

A century ago, civic-minded business people who understood how concentrated wealth undermines our democracy helped launch the struggle that toppled America's original plutocracy. In Income for me, wealth for we, Tom Burgess reignites that civic-minded spirit. 

 Sam Pizzigati, Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow and author, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970.

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