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Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition par [Eisenstein, Charles]
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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

Présentation de l'éditeur

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.

About the Imprint:
EVOLVER EDITIONS promotes a new counterculture that recognizes humanity's visionary potential and takes tangible, pragmatic steps to realize it. EVOLVER EDITIONS explores the dynamics of personal, collective, and global change from a wide range of perspectives. EVOLVER EDITIONS is an imprint of North Atlantic Books and is produced in collaboration with Evolver, LLC.

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The year is 2011. The world is in total turmoil economically and war is the name of the game for western nations eager to steal precious resources from middle-eastern states. Protests flourish globally while the 1% replace governments and install technocrat representatives to do their bidding. The people are being robbed of all their wealth ensuring that 2012 will be the mother of all battles for human survival. When people have nothing, they have nothing to lose! This book peels back the layers to expose what is happening right under our noses and provides a crucially important guide on how to survive. Forewarned is forearmed. Having a blueprint of the actions you need to take is paramount for your survival. Sadly, most will never get to read this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Also having a great personal interest in this subject 14 septembre 2016
Par David Gonnerman - Publié sur
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this book is not for the casual reader. Course, that person will not purchase in first place.

Also having a great personal interest in this subject, I find Mr Eisenstein's approach an exceedingly well thought out, smart one. Love it that he offers solutions. While it may not be perfect, the ideas and concepts can serve as the platform for thought and hopefully... useful discussion, problem solving and eventually reform. In which a country and world should operate.

The economic systems we have, by any name, are all failing us. This subject is very deep and very complex. So no comments here will ever give adequate weight and insight into this all. But, at least this book and others...helps get it on the discussion table.

Wish more college professors would include it in their economics, sociology and philosophy classes. This and the process of critical thinking. We need more critical thinkers, true problem solvers and all that includes.

Very grateful for Mr Eistenstein to speak up and out. We have to start somewhere. What our societies have created for much of recorded modern surely is not working, but for a few. I would argue, it is not working very well for them either.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Book I've Been Waitng For 3 septembre 2011
Par Charles A. Metcalf - Publié sur
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Charles Eisenstein's recent book, "Sacred Economics," is the book I've been waiting for. Finally, a brilliant scholar has produced a comprehensive and prescriptive vision for a future that promises to escape the dystopian path humanity is now embarked upon, although not without prompting my caveats.

Lucidly written, the first part of the book explains the increasingly dysfunctional workings of the grow-or-die financial economy in great (and often reiterative) detail. For some, this will be tough sledding because his analysis undercuts the Chicago School of Economics ideology that is constantly beaten into our brains by the mainstream media. The material he integrates is abstract with many independent variables.

He makes crystal clear what some of us have known for a long time about the roots of poverty, climate change, environmental destruction, wealth concentration, the erosion of democracy, and the destruction of the human spirit under corporate rule. He carefully and logically deconstructs the arguments put forward by the spokespeople for the present system.

More importantly, he combs the entire history of the world for ideas and practices that have shown us the way out of the traps set by a money system based on artificial, contrived scarcities and the theft of the commons. In Chapter 17 he puts all these together as a symbiotic interconnected program for a peaceful transition to a stable, sustainable economy in harmony with Nature. If you find the previous chapters to be preaching to the choir (the book is 469 pages long) go directly here and then backtrack to pick up the pieces.

But he doesn't stop here, and that's where I think he begins to get himself in trouble. He questions the "meta-Stories" that we tell ourselves about who we are. I would paraphrase the essential point of his inquiry as, "What underlies the evolution of the present inhumane and ultimately destructive economic system?" He identifies the biblical dominionist vision of human "Ascent", the loss of our sense of universal interconnectedness, the transfer of the wealth of the commons into private property. He counters the view that--as a "rational actor"--man is innately selfish with the proposition that what I do to you I also do to myself. He decries our general neglect of the importance of qualitative experience such as the production and appreciation of beauty

So far so good. But at this point, his moral philosopher self takes over from his scholarly economist self. He proposes the eventual transition to a moneyless "gift economy" free of commodification and quantification. He holds that such economies free us from anxiety about scarcity when we have confidence that our freely given gifts will be returned with gifts that will satisfy our needs. This will strike many as an unrealistically sanguine view of human nature. We are an inherently unpredictable animal capable of schadenfreude or misanthropy unrelated to economic injustice. He goes even further to hold that the material world will come to be regarded as sacred, thus erasing the dichotomy between the material and the spiritual.

I have no need or desire to argue with him about the validity of his philosophical and spiritual insights. What bothers me is that he makes these views central to the goals of his transitional economics proposals--to the point of choosing "Sacred Economics" as his book's title--when his eminently practical proposals for transforming our financial operating system can stand on their own merits in service to a society merely looking for a way out of the traps it has set for itself.

Eisenstein identifies the many current local initiatives that seem to be leading to a self-organizing transition to a reemergence of harmony with Nature. By and large these efforts spring from an educated elite, or from indigenous populations who have retained important connections to Nature. In so doing he neglects the tremendous weight of a seven-billion strong global population dependent on the existing interlocking web of the corporate/government technostructure hell-bent on a lemming-like trajectory. He neglects the fact that the majority of the world's population can feel their subjugation but lack the wit or the conceptual tools to do anything about it. Such people cling in desperation to the known.

Finally, the notion that the material world will come to be regarded as sacred (thus erasing the dichotomy between the material and the spiritual) will be regarded by the billions-strong adherents of the ancient messianic religions as not only a threat to their beliefs but as a proposal for the triumph of secular humanism. Ironically, they will be strange bedfellows with those who--fearing theocracy--hold freedom of religion to be a most treasured tenet of the Bill of Rights. I worry that many who would otherwise be open to his practical proposals will reject them out of hand because of these fears.

Nevertheless, I must confess that I've found personal inspiration in being immersed in the notion of the importance of giving, and that his stress on the miraculous sacredness of our world gives his book a human warmth which it would otherwise lack. With some regret, I guess what I'm saying is--throw out Eisenstein's baby--but drink deeply of the bathwater.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I can't stop recommending this book to others 8 juin 2013
Par Kirsten Lynch - Publié sur
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There is a growing concern about where we as a (human) society are headed, what we are doing to the planet and in relation to those two points what type of future we can expect. Eisenstein directly addresses these concerns and offers a compelling new direction. He doesn't preach or prophesies his ideas, he simply makes a suggestion. The basis of these suggestions is heavily entrenched in economic and monetary policies, however, they take on a much more all encompassing perspective than the current economic and monetary policies implemented by countries today. He also directly addresses the very rational skepticism of his ideas and ultimately comes forth with a vision for our world that is as solid as anything I can imagine. For a synopsis of the major points in the book check out the book's website and watch the video. It does a better job explaining his thought process than I could in this review. I'll conclude by saying I can't help but recommend this book to others, it seems incredibly relevant in the context of many conversations I have daily. I truly hope that these ideas take root and come to fruition.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Warning: Be Prepared to Think 12 novembre 2012
Par John Renesch - author, The Great Growing Up - Publié sur
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This book addresses the key dysfunctions in the grandaddy of all social systems - the one that trumps all other systems and dominates our culture - the economic system. The author makes a convincing case for how much we trust our economic system and how it is in the final stages of imploding on itself and wreaking havoc with so many people who rely so heavily on it.

Sobering to read but read it anyway! There are answers here that can save lots of needless suffering but it will take the rigor to understand the beast that occupies us in order for us to transcend it and build a new more sustainable economic system.

A must read for any thinking person who cares about the future our kids and grand kids will inherit.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sacred Economics Review 21 novembre 2013
Par Trevor Neal - Publié sur
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It was Lewis Hyde's seminal classic, 'The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World,' which peaked my interest in 'gifts' as a medium of reciprocity. Therefore, when I noticed Charles Eisenstein's ideas on structuring society around gift exchange, I knew I had to add 'Sacred Economics' to my library.

Mr. Eisenstein begins with a diagnosis of contemporary society. Through a history of money and its relation to the ego, he traces the past of our current dis-function, charting the assumptions that have led to the twin ecological and economic crises afflicting society today.

He then calls for a transformation of society, through re-introducing the ancient system of gift exchange. The indigenous Northwest Coast Potlatch and Melanesian Kula Ring were utilized as examples of this traditional economic system.

Elaborating on the theme of the gift exchange, Eisenstein introduces four ideas to transform current economics. These include negative interest on savings to eliminate hoarding and spur money circulation, providing social dividends to redistribute money, internalizing the social and ecological costs of production, and preservation of the commons; going so far as to advocate a currency based on the conservation of resources. Following these ideals would usher in a utopia of abundance.

As I read I couldn't help but admire the ideas that Mr. Eisenstein was advocating. However, I admit, I also questioned their practicality. The first premise I questioned was how Mr. Eisenstein upheld the hunter gatherer lifestyle as an ideal. Although it was probably not as short and brutish as Thomas Hobbes described, I doubt it ever was ideal. There have always been conflicts between the self and society, and man and nature. Every culture has attempted to come to terms with these conflicts and one does not need to look far to see how they tried to resolve them, for it is enshrined in their myths.

The second red flag was raised when Mr. Eisenstein spoke of entering an age of utopia. Where had I heard this before? Didn't Karl Marx also elaborate on a future paradise on earth in his 'Communist Manifesto?'

Are Mr. Eisenstein's predictions accurate forecasting or examples of wishful thinking? I might have bought into his theory more if he had elaborated on the pain and suffering which would most likely occur before his 'age of abundance,' but instead he skirted this issue and instead focused on a possible post crises world.

Too many of us still have stakes in the present economic system and it would take a major catastrophe to give them up. For instance, why would I want to give my property back to the commons after all the work I put into it? Maybe I am merely being selfish but I think most people would have to sustain major losses before they started flirting with the idea of 'restoring the commons.'

Still, these and other critiques should not detract from the value of Sacred Economics as a commentary on our current society; and the ideas it offers for a possible way forward. I encourage reading and reflecting on the ideas Mr. Eisenstein offers even with the potential disagreements that one may have.

Finally, why is this book being sold? I doubt Mr. Eisenstein intended for it to be for sale, and readers can find it online for free. Just google Sacred Economics PDF.
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