Editor’s Preface

1. David Fleming (2016), Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy, Chelsea Green Publishing. For more information see .

2. More information on the Dark Mountain books can be found at: .

3. Shaun Chamberlin (2009), The Transition Timeline.

4. Editor’s note: David had not quite completed his work on Lean Logic at the time of his sudden death in November 2010. As such, some parts of his final manuscript may not have been completed to his satisfaction. Nonetheless, the content proved to require no updating, and remains as Fleming left it—its clear relevance to our present circumstances only illustrates his great foresight.



1. For full discussion of the principal concepts in this Introduction, with references, see the relevant entries in the Dictionary – here’s the full hyperlinked list.

2. Editor’s note: “The Big Society” was a flagship policy of the UK Conservative Party in their manifesto for the 2010 general election, aiming “to create a climate that empowers local people and communities, building a big society that will take power away from politicians and give it to people . . . encouraging people to take an active role in their communities.” After the election, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron stated that he wanted his vision of such a ‘Big Society’ to be one of the great legacies of his Government. See, e.g.,–2 .

3. Pericles’ funeral oration quoted in Thucydides (431 BC), The History of the Peloponnesian War (translated by Richard Crawley, 1873), available at, e.g., .


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The below information with relation to these endnotes is copied from the hard copy book:

The first mention of each referenced book gives the author, date and title; subsequent mentions in the same note or those closely following give surname and date only. Full details including subtitles/publishers are given in the Bibliography.

Dates given for referenced books are the dates of the original authorship/publication, as per the Bibliography, but the page numbers refer to the edition utilised, which (if different) can be found at the end of each Bibliography entry.

Articles are cited in full, but are not listed in the Bibliography, although in the case of articles which appear in collections of essays, the name of the collection is listed.

Second-hand references (cited by authors cited in Lean Logic) are not cited in the Bibliography; instead, full publication details are given in these notes, or the reader is referred to the primary reference for details.

Editor’s note: A number of the endnotes in Fleming’s final manuscript were incomplete and contained brief notes of further work required. Extensive efforts have been made to reconstruct these and present the endnotes as intended, but it has not been possible in all cases.