Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition (Google eBook)
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.
Sacred Economics official website: http://sacred-economics.com/
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Review: Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of TransitionUser Review - Daniel - Goodreads
Excellent. Finally, an author who is "de-SantaClausing" the economy. "If the system breaks down to the point of hyperinflation, then the institution of property—as much a social convention as money ... Read full review
Review: Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of TransitionUser Review - Jenny Zhou - Goodreads
I'm only 20% in but I have to say this book is paradigm-shifting. I love it. The last time I loved a book so much was Thinking In Systems, a book that I've reread over and over because the ideas ring ... Read full review
Local and Complementary Currency
Transition to Gift Economy
Summary and Roadmap
LIVING THE NEW ECONOMYHHFM
Right Livelihood and Sacred Investing
Vorking in the Gift
Community and the Unquantiﬁable
THE ECONOMICS OF REUNION
The Law of Return
Currencies of the Commons
SteadyState and Degrowth Economics
The Social Dividend