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To Uphold the World: A Call for a New Global Ethic from Ancient India

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In 1991, Bruce Rich traveled to Orissa and gazed upon the rock edicts erected by the Indian emperor Ashoka over 2,200 years ago. Intrigued by the stone inscriptions that declared religious tolerance, conservation, nonviolence, species protection, and human rights, Rich was drawn into Ashoka's world. Ashoka was a powerful conqueror who converted to Buddhism on the heels of a bloody war, yet his empire rested on a political system that prioritized material wealth and amoral realpolitik. This system had been perfected by Kautilya, a statesman who wrote the world's first treatise on economics. In this powerful critique of the current wave of globalization, Rich urgently calls for a new global ethic, distilling the messages of Ashoka and Kautilya while reflecting on thinkers from across the ages&#8212;from Aristotle and Adam Smith to George Soros.<hr>Bruce Rich discusses Universal Health Care in Ancient India:

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In the third century BC, Afghanistan was part of a peaceful, multi-ethnic and multicultural empire ruled by the Indian emperor Ashoka, who led with the values of tolerance, nonviolence, and respect for all life. In this reprint from 2008, Rich, an author and attorney, explores the contemporary significance of the Indian emperor's philosophy and politics, contending that he provides a unique example of a world ruler who tried to practice the secular ethic of nonviolence and reverence for life, which carries significance for global ethics today. Rich relates stories about Ashoka's bloody battles and his eventual repentance and conversion to Buddhism, his adoption of a new secular ethic called Dhamma or the "law of piety," and how it reshaped the way he governed. His edicts about religious tolerance, land conservation, domestic and foreign nonviolence, renunciation of war, protection of all species, and human rights were carved into stones and pillars, some of which were found by an archaeologist in 1957. He also discusses Kautilya, chief minister of Ashoka's grandfather, who wrote the world's first treatise on political economy, the Arthasastra, which recommends the accumulation of material riches and amoral realpolitik as a political approach, one that Ashoka tried to transcend. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Reprint. Originally published in New Delhi by Viking in 2008 as: To uphold the world: the message of Ashoka and Kautilya for the 21st century.

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ISBN:
9780807006139
Author:
Rich, Bruce
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
Buddhism - General
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Buddhist
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Economic Conditions
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Social ethics
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International cooperation
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General History
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Religion Eastern-Buddhism
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India
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Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100331
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Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.94x6.58x.64 in. .83 lbs.

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