Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme—but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.
This book is about how the money system will have to change—and is already changing—to embody this transition. A broadly integrated synthesis of theory, policy, and practice, Sacred Economics explores avant-garde concepts of the New Economics, including negative-interest currencies, local currencies, resource-based economics, gift economies, and the restoration of the commons. Author Charles Eisenstein also considers the personal dimensions of this transition, speaking to those concerned with "right livelihood" and how to live according to their ideals in a world seemingly ruled by money. Tapping into a rich lineage of conventional and unconventional economic thought, Sacred Economics presents a vision that is original yet commonsense, radical yet gentle, and increasingly relevant as the crises of our civilization deepen.
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Charles Eisenstein's recent book, "Sacred Economics," is the book I've been waiting for. Finally, a brilliant scholar has produced a comprehensive and prescriptive vision for a future that promises to escape the dystopian path humanity is now embarked upon, although not without prompting my caveats.
Lucidly written, the first part of the book explains the increasingly dysfunctional workings of the grow-or-die financial economy in great (and often reiterative) detail. For some, this will be tough sledding because his analysis undercuts the Chicago School of Economics ideology that is constantly beaten into our brains by the mainstream media. The material he integrates is abstract with many independent variables.
He makes crystal clear what some of us have known for a long time about the roots of poverty, climate change, environmental destruction, wealth concentration, the erosion of democracy, and the destruction of the human spirit under corporate rule. He...
It was Lewis Hyde's seminal classic, 'The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World,' which peaked my interest in 'gifts' as a medium of reciprocity. Therefore, when I noticed Charles Eisenstein's ideas on structuring society around gift exchange, I knew I had to add 'Sacred Economics' to my library.
Mr. Eisenstein begins with a diagnosis of contemporary society. Through a history of money and its relation to the ego, he traces the past of our current dis-function, charting the assumptions that have led to the twin ecological and economic crises afflicting society today.
He then calls for a transformation of society, through re-introducing the ancient system of gift exchange. The indigenous Northwest Coast Potlatch and Melanesian Kula Ring were utilized as examples of this traditional economic system.
Elaborating on the theme of the gift exchange, Eisenstein introduces four ideas to transform current economics. These include negative interest...
this book is not for the casual reader. Course, that person will not purchase in first place.
Also having a great personal interest in this subject, I find Mr Eisenstein's approach an exceedingly well thought out, smart one. Love it that he offers solutions. While it may not be perfect, the ideas and concepts can serve as the platform for thought and hopefully... useful discussion, problem solving and eventually reform. In which a country and world should operate.
The economic systems we have, by any name, are all failing us. This subject is very deep and very complex. So no comments here will ever give adequate weight and insight into this all. But, at least this book and others...helps get it on the discussion table.
Wish more college professors would include it in their economics, sociology and philosophy classes. This and the process of critical thinking. We need more critical thinkers, true problem solvers and all that includes...
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