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Summary

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 in to 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.

©2017 Charles Eisenstein (P)2017 Random House Audio

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"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)
"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)

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Deeply inspiring, relevent and brave

This book along with a more beautiful world your heart knows is possible are the andedotes to the underlying message of Sapiens and Homo Deus...
It is not inevitable that our move to a more disconnected, technology dependant, nature destroying world waiting to be saved by from the 'bad people' (anyone different from us) is true. My heart lifted listening and reading these books... the stirring of knowing that which is untrue has be met by a truly beautiful version of what is possible....thank you much...I can feel the pull to contribute

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incredible book

Offers hope for an age of integration, fusing materialism with spirituality. Excellent book; warm in vision and sturdy in economic theory.

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Great vision of what could be.

Practical outline of a utopian economic system based on life not the cold dead hand of the neoliberal free-market. I could of done with a slightly better knowledge of economics for some bits but it was explained in a simple way I could understand.

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Awful

Terribly difficult to listen to because of the tiny accent. Makes the whole thing grating.

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  • Christian Dockstader
  • 06-02-20

Mind Blown

As someone who is opening a business and testing out the world of entrepreneurship for the first time, this book was exactly what I needed to hear. Eisenstein doesn’t just deconstruct everything wrong with our economy and paradigm towards money today, but he also paints a beautiful picture of a future gift economy full of meaning and connectedness.

I highly recommend this book. It’s very academic and I found myself rewinding and listening to parts for a second or even third time to try and grasp it, but it is also very poetic and beautifully written. I’ll let it sit with me for a while but I’ll definitely be reading this one again. It strikes me as one of those classics that you get more and more from each time you read it.

To the author: Charles, you’ve done a great service to us all for writing this book and for all the other masterful works you have produced. If you are reading this, know that you have touched my life and sparked something magical within me. I hope to be show my gratitude by paying this invaluable gift forward to others and living in the gift.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-20

Incredible message, horrible narration

The narrator, Steve, is so incredibly bad that it makes this intellectually dense book even harder to understand. He pauses in the middle of sentences and emphasizes the wrong words; it’s like he’s reading with no comprehension. On top of that, he sounds like an incredibly condescending white man. The sound of his voice is the sound of mansplaining. And he sounds very nerdy (in a bad way— I myself am a nerd— but this man sounds like a hateful nerd who is being rude to you with every sentence he utters. It is not even remotely like the actual voice of the author.

That being said, the content of the book is incredible. I wish everyone would read it. I wish the world would be as Eisenstein envisions it. However, I cannot recommend this audiobook to any friends because everyone hates the narrator so much. It’s quite a waste of an extremely well thought out treatise on economics.

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  • AlohaPavers
  • 13-02-21

Absolutely Beautiful

This book is amazing.
Much easier to listen to, rewind, take notes, digest, discuss, come back to, analyze, reflect on, and get through than reading it alone. Although, you may want to purchase a copy as well for highlighting, note taking, sharing, and recovery purposes.
This should be required reading (or listening) for all human beings on this planet.
Thank you Charles Eisenstein for this beautiful gift.

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  • Alvaro C.
  • 12-02-21

inspiring and revolutionary

As usual, revolutionary and inspiring. best experience if you understand banking , financies and economics. would have liked to here him now discuss crypto

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  • Karin Seabert Olsen
  • 20-05-20

Everybody needs to hear this. Please share widely.

humanity needs to think differently. we need to transition out if a capitalist society.

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  • FunkTastic and Snuggy
  • 03-08-18

A better works for all

This is a must read for all humanity. When we all honor each other and our planet we will all be rich.

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  • SW
  • 26-06-22

Disconnected from reality

This book has no connection to economic reality. This book might as well be a work of utopian fiction. The author has no background in economics at all and presents pseudoscience throughout the book. This kind of information is harmful to spread, yet he does it anyway because it makes him feel good about himself. The kind of command economy and totalitarian state required to implement these ideas is frightening. A dangerous book to people who have no prior knowledge about economics. If you want a worthwhile book of similar length, read Capitalism in America: A History.

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  • Michael Warnock
  • 17-05-22

This book changed my life

My gratitude can only be fully expressed by a (sacred) book of my own: working on opening myself up to it :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-22

From unholy economics to the sacred, Yes!

Thank you Sir for showing us the way out of this unholy economics that theatens all. This is as it will be. It's only those that won't consider the possibility that will delay the implementation.

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  • S. Jacobson
  • 12-01-22

Unfortunately qanon

Would love my money back, but I also think compassion for these people in thrall into some very bizarre conspiracy thinking