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

11289729Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstein //// 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.

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Life Without Money

bookDo we need money? The authors of Life Without Money argue that we need to free ourselves from monetary values and relations to achieve democratic and meaningful relationships with one another and a sustainable dynamic with nature. Money is a key aspect of damaging practices that cannot be reformed. Beyond constructive critiques of our world and its uncertain future, Life Without Money points out how we can stage a concerted collective revolution. Written by ten scholar-activists the book is an introductory field guide to contemporary non-market socialism.

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DeGrowth and Money-free.

Resuscitating the Left’s humanist critique of twentieth century communism and drawing on utopian, anarchist and Marxist literature, the contributors explore work refusal, self-management, gift economies, a collective labour-credit system, the non-monetary ecological economics of urban and rural squatters, and the radical economic philosophy of Che Guevara.

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Contents

1. Use Value and Non-Market Socialism

Introduces the book’s themes and chapters, by Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman

Part I  Critiques of Capitalism and Communism

2. Money versus Socialism

Examines the essential role of money in the economic structures of capitalism and market socialism, by Anitra Nelson.

GRATIFERIA.. Free market3. Work Refusal and Self-Organisation

Focuses on the political implications of monetary structures and the creative power of people’s refusal to deal with monetary forms, by Harry Cleaver.

4. Money, Markets and Ecology

Delves into historical debates on the environment, non-monetary models, associational form of socialism and the potential and limitations of techniques of deliberative democracy, by John O’Neill

5. The Value of a Synergistic Economy

Reveals how capitalist economic and political structures determine and define the lives of women and the marginalised masses in the South, by Ariel Salleh.

6. A Gift Economy

Serves as a bridge to Part II in that its sociological critique includes a broad utopian vision of a gift economy that might evolve from already existing transitional ‘hybrid strategies’, which anticipate the values and relationships of such an economy, by Terry Leahy.

PART II  Activism and Experiments

rich without money7. Non-Market Socialism

Explains how he became a member of an international party that advocates that socialism can only operate without money and analyses various socialist strategies of contemporary movements, by Adam Buick.

8. Self-Management and Efficiency

Speaks from the experience of socialism in Eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin Wall, by Mihailo Marković

9. Labour Credit — Twin Oaks Community

Analyses a communal labour-credit system in a North American community that has operated for decades, by Kat Kinkade and Twin Oaks Community.

10. The Money-Free Autonomy of Spanish Squatters

Deals with the values and practices of squatters in Spain, by Claudio Cattaneo. Claudio is an activist scholar and active squatter. read here to get a deep view of the current degrowth scene.  http://degrowth.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Introduction-Degrowth-futures-and-democracy.pdf

11. Contract and Converge

Draws together the main themes of the book and proposes a global–local strategy for achieving a world without money, a world beyond money, by Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman.

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Nov 20, 2011 – Do we need money? The authors of Life Without Money argue that we need to free ourselves from monetary values and relations to achieve 

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Living without Money     Post 1  Gratiferias: The Markets Where Everything Is Free
Living Without Money    Post 3  The Free.. visiting a money-free Social Revolution

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