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Bestselling author Riane Eisler (The Chalice and the Blade, which has sold more than 500,000 copies sold) shows that at the root of all of society's big problems is the fact that we don?t value what matters. She then presents a radical reformulation of economics priorities focused on activities of caring and caregiving at the individual, organizational, societal, and environmental levels.
Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations provided the first, most influential and lasting explanation of the workings of modern economics. But with his focus on "the market" as the best mechanism for producing
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Bestselling author Riane Eisler (The Chalice and the Blade, which has sold more than 500,000 copies sold) shows that at the root of all of society's big problems is the fact that we don?t value what matters. She then presents a radical reformulation of economics priorities focused on activities of caring and caregiving at the individual, organizational, societal, and environmental levels.
Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations provided the first, most influential and lasting explanation of the workings of modern economics. But with his focus on "the market" as the best mechanism for producing and distributing the necessities of life, Smith's concepts only told part of the story, leading to flawed economic models that devalue activities that fall outside of the market's parameters of buying and selling. The real wealth of nations, Riane Eisler argues, is not merely financial, but includes the contributions of people and our natural environment. Here, Eisler goes beyond the market to reexamine economics from a larger perspective--and shows that we must give visibility and value to the socially and economically essential work of caring for people and the planet if we are to meet the enormous challenges we are facing. Eisler proposes a new "caring economics" that takes into account the full spectrum of economic activities--from the life--sustaining activities of the household, to the life-enriching activities of caregivers and communities, to the life-supporting processes of nature. She shows how our values are distorted by the economic double standard that devalues anything stereotypically associated with women and femininity; reveals how current economic models are based on a deep-seated culture of domination; and shows how human needs would be better served by economic models based on caring. Most importantly, she provides practical proposals for new economic inventions--new measures, policies, rules, and practices--to bring about a caring economics that fulfills human needs. Like her classic The Chalice and the Blade, The Real Wealth of Nations is a bold and insightful look at how to create a society in which each of us can achieve the full measure of our humanity.
Autorenporträt
Riane Eisler is president of the Center for Partnership Studies and author of The Chalice and the Blade, Sacred Pleasure, Tomorrow's Children, and The Power of Partnership. Dr. Eisler is a pioneer in the study of complex systems and the recipient of many honors, including the Humanist Pioneer Award and membership in the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality.
Inhaltsangabe
Introduction Reasons to Care CHAPTER ONE We Need a New Economics CHAPTER TWO Economics Through a Wider Lens CHAPTER THREE It Pays to Care-in Dollars and Cents CHAPTER FOUR The Economic Double Standard CHAPTER FIVE Connecting the Dots CHAPTER SIX The Economics of Domination CHAPTER SEVEN The Economics of Partnership CHAPTER EIGHT Technology, Work, and the Postindustrial Era CHAPTER NINE Who We Are and Where We Are CHAPTER TEN The Caring Revolution NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHY ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INDEX ABOUT THE AUTHOR ABOUT THE CENTER FOR PARTNERSHIP STUDIES

INTRODUCTION Reasons to Care
CHAPTER ONE We Need a New Economics
CHAPTER TWO Economics Through a wider Lens
CHAPTER THREE It Pays to Care in Dollars and Cents
CHAPTER FOUR The Economic Double Standard
CHAPTER FIVE Connecting the Dots
CHAPTER SIX The Economics of Domination
CHAPTER SEVEN The Economics of Partnership
CHAPTER EIGHT Technology, Work, and the Postindustrial Era 165
CHAPTER NINE Who We Are and Where We Are
CHAPTER TEN The Caring Revolution
NOTES
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR PARTNERSHIP STUDIES
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"An essential tool for government leaders, politicians, economists, and everyone looking for ways to halt environmental destruction, eradicate poverty, stabilize population, and build a better future, The Real Wealth of Nations shows us how to construct a sustainable new economy-and a good quality of life for generations to come." -The Honorable Vigdis Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland 1980-1996 "The Real Wealth of Nations is a call for nothing less than a ground shift in consciousness. I urge you to read this profound and important book." -Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and Insecure at Last "In this brilliant new look at economic systems and how they interact with culture, Riane Eisler has created what is sure to be a classic and-hopefully-world-changing book." -Thom Hartmann, author of Screwed and The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight "Riane Eisler is one of the most important and influential thinkers of our time. In The Real Wealth of Nations she turns her attention to the importance of caring and issues a clarion call for contemporary societies to recognize and value the essential contribution of caregiving to human well-being." -David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning and When Corporations Rule the World "Eisler has done it again-producing an exciting and urgently needed guide to the economic realities that face our society. Those of us who hope for a new direction in dealing with issues like poverty and global warming need to read and re-read Eisler's analysis. The Real Wealth of Nations is a necessary handbook for the 21st century." -Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun and author of The Left Hand of God "The real wealth of nations has always been in people, yet the vast economy of caring (over half of all economic activity globally) is still ignored and unpaid-largely relegated to the world's women. Eisler sets the record straight, showing us an array of new options for creating sustainable, caring societies. Must reading!" -Hazel Henderson, author of Building a Win-Win World and Ethical Markets "This is a wonderful, hopeful book, not about where we have been economically, but about the potential for economics to reflect what we truly value-quality of life and quality of the environment." -Daniel Kammen, Co-Director, Berkeley Institute of the Environment, University of California "Why has conventional economics been so slow to offer compelling, useful responses to our most threatening challenges, such as environmental degradation or raging inequalities? Riane Eisler answers this question, and in doing so, reinvents the dis- mal science, infusing it with the essential ingredients it needs to get us out of the terribly narrow box in which we've been stuck." -Jared Bernstein, Economic Policy Institute, author of All Together Now "Riane Eisler speaks from the heart, showing how we can make a better world for our children and our children's children. It is time to love our planet, love our neighbors, and heed Riane's call to action . . . it's time for a caring revolution." -Joan Blades, cofounder, MoveOn.org and author of The Motherhood Manifesto "From third world poverty to climate change, it's become increasingly clear that traditional economic thinking is not only unable to solve today's myriad of problems, it's responsible for many of them. Riane Eisler's brilliant new book expands the scope and practice of economics beyond capitalism and socialism to a new economics in which equity, justice, and environmental sanity prevail. Must reading!" -Morris Dees, cofounder, Southern Poverty Law Center "In this brilliant new book, Riane Eisler hits the nail on the head. She points out exactly how and why the only sustainable economic systems are those that include the cost of human caring and happiness in the bottom line. Better yet, she provides us with practical steps toward implementing this crucial economic shift." -Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bod…mehr