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Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, & Society in the Age of Transitionby Charles Eisenstein
Synopses & Reviews
"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 bymoney. 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"--
About the Author
Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His writings on the web magazine Reality Sandwich have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Writing in Ode magazine's "25 Intelligent Optimists" issue, David Korten (author of When Corporations Rule the World) called Eisenstein "one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time." Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. He currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and serves on the faculty of Goddard College.
Table of Contents
I: The economics of separation — The gift world — The illusion of scarcity — Money and the mind — The trouble with property — The corpse of the commons — The economics of usury — The crisis of civilization — The turning of the age — II: The economics of reunion — The story of value — The law of return — Currencies of the commons — Negative-interest economics — Steady-state and degrowth economics — The social dividend — Local and complementary currency — Transition to gift economy — Summary and roadmap — III: Living the new economy — Relearning gift culture — Nonaccumulation — Right livelihood and sacred investing — Working in the gift — community and the unquantifiable — A new materialism — Conclusion: The more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible.
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