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Sacred Economics : Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition - Charles Eisenstein

Sacred Economics

Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition

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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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"Sacred Economics: " "This brilliant and beautifully written book is an indispensable must-read for all those who believe our economic system is terminally sick and in need of radical, sacred rehaul. Charles Eisenstein has the great gift of being able to make complex ideas both thrilling and inspiring. I hope this book begins a serious, worldwide conversation on how we can reinvent our attitude to money."--Andrew Harvey, author of "The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism" "While political pundits, financial analysts and Occupiers fumble on how to transcend the intensifying global financial crisis, Eisenstein is trailblazing bold new ideas and possibilities for how we conduct monetary exchange."--Jonathan Phillips, "Huffington Post" blog"""If you want a convincing account of just how deep the shift in our new axial age is and must be, look no further than this brilliant book by Charles Eisenstein, one of the deepest integrative thinkers active today." --Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation "With his breadth of knowledge, enthusiasm, commitment, diligence, and sensitivity, Charles has become a beacon of hope for others. Your heart and mind will be opened by this treasure of a book that shines with wisdom of crucial importance to our troubled world today." --Kamran Mofid, founder of the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative "["Sacred Economics"] meticulously explains why our current system will inevitably give rise to cyclical and worsening economic crises. [Eisenstein] exposes the myths and lies that sustain power structure, the social and spiritual devastation in which we are all complicit, and lays the foundation for a way of thinking that can restore hope and help us emerge to a positive future. ... Eisenstein's book provides some of the most creative and hopeful ideas out there." --"New Consciousness Review" "[Charles Eisenstein] puts his money where his mouth is. "Sacred Economics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition" is published under a Creative Commons copyright. ... This arrangement, similar to that of open-source software, is a tiny sample of the economic system that Eisenstein predicts for our future. ... Of course, a new economy means the old one needs to go. That would be scary news if not for Eisenstein's optimistic way of describing the transition. He effectively argues that when we dismantle monetization, we give birth to community. Together, we can help noble impulses become profitable enterprises. Money may have caused our biggest problems, but redefining it could help us solve those same problems." --"Grid Magazine" "'If anything is sacred in this world, it is surely not money.' So says Charles Eisenstein, who believes that people can act outside of the money economy, despite the power it has over their lives."--"Foreword Reviews" "Eisenstein is no revolutionary or anarchist. In fact, he's an evolutionary. While reading Sacred Economics, I realized I had not achieved an objective relationship with our money system. I don't have money. It has me."--"Common Ground" Also by Charles Eisenstein "The Ascent of Humanity: " "Brilliant and original, with great depth of insight and understanding, Eisenstein's "Ascent of Humanity" easily ranks with the works of such giants of our age as David Bohm, Julian Jaynes, Jean Gebser, Whitehead. It is a profoundly serious, indeed somber portrait of our times, even as it opens a door of honest hope amidst the dark destiny we have woven about us. Accept the challenge of this major accomplishment and discover the light shining within it." --Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of "The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Magical Child, Evolution's End, " and "The Biology of Transcendence"" " "Quite marvelous, a hugely important work... This book is truly needed in this time of deepening crisis." --John Zerzan, author of "Future Primitive" and "Elements of Refusal"

Introductionp. xi
The Economics Of Separationp. 1
The Gift Worldp. 3
The Illusion of Scarcityp. 19
Money and the Mindp. 33
The Trouble with Propertyp. 49
The Corpse of the Commonsp. 69
Cultural and Spiritual Capitalp. 70
The Strip-Mining of Communityp. 75
The Creation of Needsp. 79
The Money Powerp. 88
The Economics of Usuryp. 93
An Economic Parablep. 95
The Growth Imperativep. 100
The Concentration of Wealthp. 104
Wealth Redistribution and Class Warp. 111
Inflationp. 117
More for You Is Less for Mep. 121
The Crisis of Civilizationp. 125
The Turning of the Agep. 141
Money: Story and Magicp. 141
Humanity's Coming-of-Age Ordealp. 148
The Economics Of Reunionp. 157
The Story of Valuep. 159
The Law of Returnp. 173
Currencies of the Commonsp. 185
Negative-Interest Economicsp. 203
History and Backgroundp. 206
Modern Application and Theoryp. 214
The Debt Crisis: Opportunity for Transitionp. 228
Thinking for the Futurep. 231
More for Me Is More for Youp. 242
Steady-State and Degrowth Economicsp. 249
Sustainability Reconsideredp. 249
Transition to Steady-State: Bump or Crash?p. 252
Shrinking Money, Growing Wealthp. 258
Disintermediation and the P2P Revolutionp. 262
The Social Dividendp. 267
The Paradox of Leisurep. 267
The Obsolescence of "Jobs"p. 272
The Will to Workp. 277
Who Shall Remove the Garbage?p. 283
Local and Complementary Currencyp. 291
The Catch-22 of Local Currencyp. 294
Experiments in Local Moneyp. 303
Reclaiming the Credit Commonsp. 308
Transition to Gift Economyp. 317
Summary and Roadmapp. 331
Negative-Interest Currencyp. 332
Elimination of Economic Rents, and Compensation for Depletion of the Commonsp. 334
Internalization of Social and Environmental Costsp. 336
Economic and Monetary Localizationp. 338
The Social Dividendp. 340
Economic Degrowthp. 342
Gift Culture and P2P Economicsp. 344
Living The New Economyp. 347
Relearning Gift Culturep. 349
Nonaccurnulationp. 365
Right Livelihood and Sacred Investingp. 379
The Dharma of Wealthp. 379
Robbing Peter to Pay Paulp. 382
Old Accumulations to New Purposesp. 390
Right Livelihoodp. 396
Working in the Giftp. 401
Trusting Gratitudep. 401
Business in the Giftp. 406
The Sacred Professionsp. 412
Community and the Unquantifiablep. 419
A New Materialismp. 427
Conclusion: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Tell Us Is Possiblep. 437
Appendix: Quantum Money and the Reserve Questionp. 447
Bibliographyp. 459
Indexp. 465
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ISBN: 9781583943977
ISBN-10: 1583943978
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 12th July 2011
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.3  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.77