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Sacred Economics

Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition
Narrated by: Steve Wojtas
Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Economics
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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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"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)
"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)

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hope for the future

this was a great book that made me smile alot in a time which is weighed down with doom n gloom alot, some sections went a bit over my head with technical details of economic systems however the overalll philosophy was very clear. I'm sure the more detailed sections ate very necessary to answer the more technical questions I'm sure some people have about the systems.

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Insightful and enlightening. Very well thought out and written

This is an amazing book. It gave me a lot of hope and inspiration. Eisenstein has crafted a seminal text and it has changed my whole outlook on life. I have much gratitude to him for this gift to the world. A must read.

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Serious food for thought

This book resonated with me and got me thinking. The content and concepts are substantial. It’s quite academic so it was a little tough to get into at first, and the constant footnotes interrupted the flow for me. I probably absorbed about 20% but eve that was worth it and at some point I’d like to skim through the hard copy and highlight the key ideas for me (you can download the book for free from the author’s website). Looking forward to diving into The Yoga of Eating next.

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  • Christian Dockstader
  • 06-02-2020

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
  • 12-08-2020

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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  • FunkTastic and Snuggy
  • 03-08-2018

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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  • Karin Seabert Olsen
  • 20-05-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-03-2019

Insightful book. Decent narration.

The contents of this book we buying short of insightful. Eisenstein presents a hopeful yet logically rigorous vision of the world to come.

The narration is decent, although the speaker's cadence and tone indicates lack of understanding of what some of the sentences mean, and thus obfuscates some of the content. As I heard it, there are also a handful of audio editing errors in which sections of a sentence are repeated, but I'll chalk these up to playback malfunctions in the app.

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  • Vincent Nance
  • 16-06-2018

Amazing articulation of the needed changes

This book is a foray into not only the solutions to our crisis, but the causes as well. Audacious and visionary.

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  • james
  • 28-03-2018

Nailed it but it's a theoretical script

The narrator does well, the book in its entirety is one of the best audibles I have, the subject is actually nice. I don't know but I don't believe this is a be all end all, I would guess hat its better than other money books. His book will sort of shift you. Also capital By Pickety would go well with this one for learning about equality which is a primary theme in sacred economics.

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  • Lisha Sterling
  • 14-03-2018

lots of good things to chew on

This book as recommended to me ages ago. It was far from the top of my list of things I really wanted to read, but I'm glad I finally did. There are so many things to think about and ideas for experimentation in this book. I will be listening a swerving and probably a third time.

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  • Tamara Smith
  • 26-09-2017

Mind Opening

I love the ability to go back and listen again. Mr. Eisenstein is an inspirational mind and I feel honored to have read. This book has given me hope for the future of lover earth and all nature's gifts including humans.

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  • Megs
  • 14-09-2017

Positive Change is Coming Please Help

With each person who reads and is empowered, encouraged, and engaged in these ideas humanity will be another piece closer to the beautiful transformation we so deserve for ourselves, our children and their children as well as each exceptional creature with whom we share this earth.

My heart is lighter and more full of hope with concepts like negative interest, devaluation of currency in order to bring it back into the realm of the natural world, gifting as much as we can as often as we can to teach ourselves and others how to be in community again.

Thanks be to C.E.

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  • Barry Holmes
  • 06-07-2019

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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  • Keoma
  • 30-10-2017

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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