My search for coherent alternatives to the flawed assumptions of economic orthodoxy led me to study the Social Credit theories of Clifford Hugh Douglas. Having read the works of contemporary heterodox economists I became convinced that very little serious progress has been made in the academy since Clifford Hugh Douglas first put pen to paper a century ago. Research into the reasons for this omission led me to study Thorstein Veblen, John Ruskin, William Morris, the Guild Socialist writers and, more recently, the social threefolding concepts of Rudolf Steiner.


Within the universities, research and teaching on political economy serves to justify the waged and salaried slavery system of corporate capitalism. It follows that guild socialist and allied thinkers have been rigorously dismissed as 'heretical' within academia. "The Archaeology of Economic Thought" explores the belief system that endorses the economic orthodoxy of state and corporate power. The essay first appeared as an Appendix to What Everybody Really Wants to Know About Money. It is now available to download free as a study booklet. The footnotes are available as a separate sheet.


My books revolve around the theme of the role of finance in determining policy outcomes in the world political economy. My papers and articles have been published in a wide range of scholarly and popular journals, including European Business Review, Indian Journal of Economics, Political Quarterly, International Journal of Social Economics, The Tablet and Resurgence. Copies of the international quarterly journal The Social Artist\Crediter are available for free download on the PUBLICATIONS page. These archive copies contain reviews, articles and comments on the relevance of the guild socialist and associated thought to contemporary issues.


The Machine Stops New View Issue 88 Summer 2018

The Economics of Sin New View Issue 88 Summer 2018

The Social Question New View Issue 90 Winter 2019

The Growth of Financial Capitalism New View Issue 91 Spring 2019

Finance and the Social Order New View 93 Autumn 2019

Towards a Threefold Commonwealth New View Issue 98 Winter 2020-21

Freedom, Anarchism and New Community New View Issue 102, Winter 2021-22

Mapping the Future Social Commonwealth New View Issue 104, Summer 2022

Intentional Household Management New View Issue 106, Winter 2022-23



The Political Economy of Social Credit and Guild Socialism (with Brian Burkitt) Routledge, 1997 (Reprinted by Jon Carpenter, 2005)

Environmental Business Management (with Andrew Hutchinson) McGraw-Hill, 1997

What Everybody Really Wants to Know About Money Jon Carpenter, 1998.

Social Credit? Some Questions Answered KRP.

The Politics of Money: Towards Sustainability and Economic Democracy (with Mary Mellor and Wendy Olsen) Pluto Press, 2002.

Down to Earth: A guide to home economics KRP, 2013.

Understanding the Financial System: Social Credit Rediscovered Jon Carpenter, 2010.


Those, as highlighted above, are available electronically for educational purposes on copyleft terms.


Dr Hutchinson was awarded a PhD for her published works. She edited The Social Crediter (2001 - 2013) and The Social Artist (2013 - 2020).


See also:

The Archaeology of Economic Thought In this essay, first published as an Appendix to What Everybody Really Wants to Know About Money, Frances Hutchinson surveys the history of economic thought. Many would-be students of alternative economics turn first to mainstream economics, expecting to find enlightenment. It is a forlorn hope.


Contemporary Review, Vol. 253 No. 1471. August 1988, pp80-83
The Midas Touch by Frances Hutchinson

NASUWT Career Teacher Journal, Summer 1988, pp26-27
The Child as Father or Mother? Frances Hutchinson

International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 21, No. 1 (1994): 19-28
Major Douglas' Proposals for a National Dividend: a Logical Successor to the Wage 
Brian Burkitt and Frances Hutchinson.

Chapter in Book:
Frances Hutchinson, A Heretical View of Economic Growth and Income Distribution  in
Out of the Margin: Feminist Perspectives on Economics, Edith Kuyper and Jolande Sap (eds.) London and New York: Rouledge 1995

The Political Quarterly, Vol. 70, No. 4 (1999): 443-451
The Contemporary Relevance of Clifford Hugh Douglas
Frances Hutchinson and Brian Burkitt

Sustainable Development, Vol 7, No. 2 (1999): 57-63
Towards a New Approach to Income Distribution and Environmental Sustainability
Frances Hutchinson and Brian Burkitt

European Business Review/New European, Vol. 17, No. 2 (2005): 193-200
If Citizen's income is the answer, what is the question?
Frances Hutchinson.

Women's Studies International Forum, Vol 20, No. 2 (1997): 321-327
An Economic Silence: Women and Social Credit
Frances Hutchinson and Brian Burkitt

Local Environment, Vol. 2, No. 1 (1997): 7-17
Towards a Re-evaluation of the Role of Finance in the Causation of Environmental Degradation
Frances Hutchinson and Brian Burkitt.

The European Legacy, Vol. 5, No.6 (2000): 207-214
Alternative Ways of Financing Production
Frances Hutchinson and Brian Burkitt.

Indian Journal of Economics, Vol. 47, No. 1 (2000)
Douglas, Marx and Money
Frances Hutchinson and Brian Burkitt

Social Scientist, Vol. 29, Nos. 11-12, (2000)
The Transformation of Fisher King to Robber Baron
Frances Hutchinson and Brian Burkitt

An Interfaith Perspective on Globalisation Common Goals, Common Crises, Common Call and Common Hope International Conference Plater College, Oxford July-August 2002
The Tree of Life: Reclaiming a Rich History
Frances Hutchinson