Sacred Economics Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition

ISBN-10: 1583943978

ISBN-13: 9781583943977

Edition: 2011

Authors: Charles Eisenstein

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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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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 7/12/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

The Economics Of Separation
The Gift World
The Illusion of Scarcity
Money and the Mind
The Trouble with Property
The Corpse of the Commons
Cultural and Spiritual Capital
The Strip-Mining of Community
The Creation of Needs
The Money Power
The Economics of Usury
An Economic Parable
The Growth Imperative
The Concentration of Wealth
Wealth Redistribution and Class War
More for You Is Less for Me
The Crisis of Civilization
The Turning of the Age
Money: Story and Magic
Humanity's Coming-of-Age Ordeal
The Economics Of Reunion
The Story of Value
The Law of Return
Currencies of the Commons
Negative-Interest Economics
History and Background
Modern Application and Theory
The Debt Crisis: Opportunity for Transition
Thinking for the Future
More for Me Is More for You
Steady-State and Degrowth Economics
Sustainability Reconsidered
Transition to Steady-State: Bump or Crash?
Shrinking Money, Growing Wealth
Disintermediation and the P2P Revolution
The Social Dividend
The Paradox of Leisure
The Obsolescence of "Jobs"
The Will to Work
Who Shall Remove the Garbage?
Local and Complementary Currency
The Catch-22 of Local Currency
Experiments in Local Money
Reclaiming the Credit Commons
Transition to Gift Economy
Summary and Roadmap
Negative-Interest Currency
Elimination of Economic Rents, and Compensation for Depletion of the Commons
Internalization of Social and Environmental Costs
Economic and Monetary Localization
The Social Dividend
Economic Degrowth
Gift Culture and P2P Economics
Living The New Economy
Relearning Gift Culture
Right Livelihood and Sacred Investing
The Dharma of Wealth
Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
Old Accumulations to New Purposes
Right Livelihood
Working in the Gift
Trusting Gratitude
Business in the Gift
The Sacred Professions
Community and the Unquantifiable
A New Materialism
Conclusion: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Tell Us Is Possible
Appendix: Quantum Money and the Reserve Question
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