Sacred Economics
Charles Eisenstein
Business & Money
Sacred Economics

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.

Get print via the Sacred Economics website, or give the author a gift. Translations in français and română are available for download, other languages chapter by chapter on the website.

Title Page
Author’s Note
Table of Contents
Part I: The Economics of Separation
Chapter 1: The Gift World
Chapter 2: The Illusion of Scarcity
Chapter 3: Money and the Mind
Chapter 4: The Trouble with Property
Chapter 5: The Corpse of The Commons
Cultural and Spiritual Capital
The Strip-Mining of Community
The Creation of Needs
The Money Power
Chapter 6: The Economics of Usury
An Economic Parable
The Growth Imperative
The Concentration of Wealth
Wealth Redistribution and Class War
More for You Is Less for Me
Chapter 7: The Crisis of Civilization
Chapter 8: The Turning of the Age
Money: Story and Magic
Humanity’s Coming-of-Age Ordeal
Part II: The Economics of Reunion
Chapter 9: The Story of Value
Chapter 10: The Law of Return
Chapter 11: Currencies of the Commons
Chapter 12: Negative-Interest Economics
History and Background
Modern Application and Theory
The Debt Crisis: Opportunity for Transition
Thinking for the Future
More for Me Is More for You
Chapter 13: Steady-State and Degrowth Economics
Sustainability Reconsidered
Transition to Steady-State: Bump or Crash?
Shrinking Money, Growing Wealth
Disintermediation and the P2P Revolution
Chapter 14: The Social Dividend
The Paradox of Leisure
The Obsolescence of “Jobs”
The Will to Work
Who Shall Remove the Garbage?
Chapter 15: Local and Complementary Currency
The Catch-22 of Local Currency
Experiments in Local Money
Reclaiming the Credit Commons
Chapter 16: Transition to Gift Economy
Chapter 17: Summary and Roadmap
1. Negative-Interest Currency
2. Elimination of Economic Rents, and Compensation for Depletion of the Commons
3. Internalization of Social and Environmental Costs
4. Economic and Monetary Localization
5. The Social Dividend
6. Economic Degrowth
7. Gift Culture and P2P Economics
Part III: Living the New Economy
Chapter 18: Relearning Gift Culture
Chapter 19: Nonaccumulation
Chapter 20: Right Livelihood and Sacred Investing
The Dharma of Wealth
Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
Old Accumulations to New Purposes
Right Livelihood
Chapter 21: Working in the Gift
Trusting Gratitude
Business in the Gift
The Sacred Professions
Chapter 22: Community and the Unquantifiable
Chapter 23: A New Materialism
Conclusion: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Tell Us Is Possible
Appendix: Quantum Money and the Reserve Question
About the Author
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