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Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition by [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
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""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"
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"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""

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1583943978
  • Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS (12 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZZNNKU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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I wrote a review for this book in my local magazine NowThen (Google "Sacred Economics, NowThen, Sheffield" for the full version complete with artwork: it's in issue 59). Here is an extract, plus some closing thoughts (Amazon has passed my censorship test if this gets published - due to reference to free (Creative Commons licensed) versions of this book):

"[... Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World provided a convincing vision of the future based on the disintegration of advanced civilisation due resource depletion.] The problem is that industrial civilisation shows no sign of slowing down, let alone of pressing the auto-disintegrate button any-time soon. On the contrary, hyper capitalism has proved to be a tough old bugger, akin to Wile E Coyote from Looney Tunes; it takes a hammering from every side yet always comes back to terrorise us again. Even after its founding assumptions are disproved and worldwide waves of protest decry its idiocy, the bastard just won't die. Land-grabs, adverts targeting children and new oil drilling techniques ensure that Greer's expectation, that the metaphorical Wile E will finally just top himself, is optimistic to say the least.

Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein is equally visionary, but starts from a different premise; the monetary machine that directs human affairs has gone AWOL and now benefits no-one, least of all the degraded psychopaths at the top, who try in vain to control the beast. Like Greer, Eisenstein encourages de-monetising your life, focussing instead on true wealth; the people and environment that surround you.
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What is difficult to understand in todays world is the fact that governments and corporations continue to "flog" the concept of growth or GDP, while we are all aware that we live on a finite planet. Charles Eisenstien very succinctly points this out together with many other of the monetary ills. He then offers several suggestions how we can make changes in ways that are closer to the better nature of the human spirit and at the same time practical. He recognises that this is not an overnight "fix", and is all part of the hopeful emerging greater consciousness of the human being. Yet anyone who wishes to start today there are suggestions. His analogy to the human race as having acted like children for several millenium, just taking and the fact it is time we mature into adults and start to give as we do to our children is powerful and makes a mature person sit up.
Every banker and corporate mogal should be made to read this book and if they still believe in thier ways then I would suggest councelling.
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Not many people can get their heads around the complex issues that have brought our world to the sorry state it is in today. However Charles Eisenstein has managed to produce a coherent exposition of where we are at and what we can do about things to create a nicer fairer world.

For many this might seem utopian but then most original thinkers are considered utopian when they first present their ideas. Let us hope that we can indeed all make our own contributions to creating the world he sees.

A fine book and one all of us would benefit from reading

Enjoy!
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I want to give Eisenstein great marks for his courage to dream and his massive determination to figure out a better kind of economy. I think his vision of a gift-based, community-rich, environmentally restorative, human-potential driven future is basically what humanity needs. I even believe that these dreams will be realized to some extent in the decades to come. I wish him every success. But much of his book is a detailed critique of the financial system and a series of proposals for systemic changes in how money should work. And much of this I simply could not grasp. He explains why charging interest is inevitably inimical to human welfare, and why property itself is an artificial social construction. Then he proposes alternatives such as negative-interest economics, de-growth, or local and complimentary currencies. To me, these financial schemes seem highly abstract. I couldn't see how they would really work or what I might personally do about such things. The proposal of living by gifts was something obviously good, but I suppose it's up to each individual to try that approach a step at a time. I was left, as I probably should be, with attempting to answer Eisenstein's questions for myself. If he helped me to dream, I have to figure out my own steps toward those dreams.
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This book should be on the reading list of every economics degree in the country. Not only does it explain economics in ways that most ordinary people can understand (and even enjoy), it also explains it in ways that hardened economists will never have considered before. But its not just a book on economics, its also a book about life and ways which we can live together.
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An inspiring and well written book. A book that can't help but make you think about the real value of community and 'the gift' in life. Sacred Economics goes further than just being thought provoking however, as it suggests practical ways people and governments can shape their local and national economies to cope with the economic realities of our modern times. It has also spurred me onto reading other works around the same theme such as Henry George's Progress and Poverty; a book that no doubt inspired Einstein. As an aside I found the introduction very useful for a total beginner of economics and all Charles' ideas and arguments were laid out and constructed in such a way that allowed me to attain a pretty good understanding (as far as I can tell!).
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