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The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating A Caring Economics Hardcover – April 8, 2007
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- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-1576753880
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- Publisher : Berrett-Koehler Publishers; Annotated edition (April 8, 2007)
- Product dimensions : 6.5 x 1.13 x 9.5 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,820,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eisler's evolutionary view of economic theoretical development is also spot-on, resulting in her highly intelligent choice of title for this essential reading for anyone wanting to invest more effectively in the economic and ecological dynamics of their own lives. We are all economists, choosing to invest in real nutritious wealth or in that other toxic short-term sugar rush of beating down the Joneses.
This book is yet another in a series of treatises and Jeremiads which seek to undermine the perceptions held by too many self-satisfied citizens of wealthy nation-states that their primary economic arrangements (global corporation-dominated paternalistic capitalism) are the epitome of evolution of wealth creation. While the points Eisler makes seem comnon sense to the already converted (of whom I am certainly one), I wonder whether they are quite as convincing to those who have a vital psychic stake in adhering to the myths and perceptions of the world economic system ubiquitously pervasive in well-to-do societies.
Where this very good book/manifesto comes up short for this reader is in making the obvious conclusion: a system which is the result of thousands of years of male dominance socio-economic patterns, and which relies on coercion, criminality and corruption will not change just because yet another very-well written analysis of its faults has appeared. As we well know, Power concedes nothing without a demand - never did and never will. All of the gains (such as they are) made by people in terms of decent working conditions, reasonable employment terms, restrictions on child labor, proper staff-management relationships, equal opportunity, etc., came from real struggles, strikes, sit-ins, demonstrations, boycotts, active, persistent pressure on the few who deny well-being to the many.
In other words, the book is short on "naming names" and does not ultimately have the force of Zola's "J'Accuse"-type statement of facts to point the finger squarely at the economic injustice perps and their tacit support for corporatist-mentality group-think by the brain-washed public and defacto takeover the governance of the planet. For indeed the current inequity and inhumanity of wealth distribution and use are not "natural" or inevitable at all.
Definitely read the book for its excellent scholarship, positive tone and general clarity of argument. It's a good "teach-in" tool for re-orienting one's thinking about what *ought* to be the proper methods for generation of the Real Wealth of Nations. Its historical overview and recommendations for alternative metrics and differentiation of life-enhancing from life-stifling economic activities are spot on. However, suggestions of how to FORCE these changes to come about are scant. The impact of Eisler's work is therefore likely to be primarily academic and not revolutionary in nature. While a slow, evolutionary, step-by-step approach to reversing humanity's fortunes (literally and figuratively-speaking) is certainly a preferred path, the powers-that-be simply won't allow it to happen that way. Just look at the response by the various Governments to the current financial crises - they rushed to cover the Banksters' private gambling losses caused by greed and imprudence, and left the populace with the bill: to be paid by John and Jane Q Public for generations to come. In the absence of true concerted action against the entrenched dominance systems, the current state of affairs, of mostly-unbridled exploitation of natural mineral and living resources, devaluation of women, poor, weak and unlucky will continue apace.
Changing the world requires more than changing the way we act; it requires changing the way we think. In easy-to-read language, Eisler helps readers do this by challenging traditional systems of thought and urges us to consciously reflect on our personal as well as societal actions. She shows how quality of life is an infinitely more important measure of happiness than monetary prosperity and that partnership rather than domination is the social structure that will allow humanity not only to survive, but to thrive.
I highly recommend this thought-provoking book to anyone who wants to help create a more peaceful and fulfilling life for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren.
--Ken Beller, lead author of Great Peacemakers and The Consistent Consumer
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Riane Eisler moves from classic economic thinking - about markets and traditional value-generation - into a way of framing value that challenges cultural norms and assumptions. The examples of alternative 'partnership' models, particularly in Scandinavia, show that 'caring economics' are possible, viable and indeed preferable.
This Real Wealth of Nations provides a very useful source of thinking to innovators who are seeking to shape new models of exchange and bring about deeper cultural and social transformation in our communities and businesses.
La copertina della versione in inglese è molto elegante, dai colori luminosi.
Di facile lettura. Anche graficamente. Rispetto alla versione italiana i caratteri sono più grandi così come la dimensione del libro.
Dimensione del libro: circa 15,50 cm lunghezza x 23,50 cm altezza e 2 cm spessore. 320 pagine.
E' sicuramente un libro che regalerò ad amici e parenti.
Ne consiglio la lettura a tutti.
Grazie all'autrice per l'ottimo libro e ad Amazon per il servizio.
Ho riacquistato altri due libri nella versione inglese che regalerò a Natale.
Un libro che non smetterà mai di entusiasmarmi e che continuerò a regalare molto volentieri.
Spedizione Amazon puntuale.
After When God was a woman (Merlin Stone) we were able to question the opium we are fed, on a planetary scale. Then when the Chalice and the Blade came out, we were shocked by the far reaching repercussions that have affected our "modern" civilisations and how badly women have been tortured, burned at the stake, openly, secretly, and how openly it has all been so approved of.
Now, finally, we have spelled out for us, in black and white, step by step, multi faceted, concrete, spelled out, easy to understand, one-plus-one-equals-two solutions to the domination, warrior civilisation that is still blinding us. The system that has evolved from our brutal beginnings.
This is not an order, tablets chiseled out by "god" and ordained by a bearded man for all to obey. This is inspiration fuelled by information, not dogma.
How could mothers and fathers all over the planet continue to carry out such diabolic methods of domination over our own kind for so long?
Fear, scarcity, competition for survival.
Now, the time has come to allow caring to overcome the fear, artificial scarcity created precicely to maintain domination, and competition for survival. Caring is now a recognised value. Caring spells out the truth. We are all here to help. Now we can. This is the reason you are reading this, this is the reason you have noticed the book. Its your chance to participate, to help. Everyone can. The information in this book provides options, possibilities, for everyone to participate in the universal awareness thats hitting us all, and contribute to making it legislation.
Domination benefits a few. We are many.