Our economic system reflects some basic misunderstandings about the world. Our fear of scarcity and our belief in competition have led to greed and exploitation. They have turned our healthy urge to improve into desire for power over others and over nature. Most recently we came to believe that money was real, that we can “make” money, that there is a free lunch which comes from selling pieces of paper to one another. This book explodes that fantasy.
Instead of ensuring that the money serves us, we have run the systems in ways that serve the money. This is not making us happy. Our systems do not embody our impulses to co-operate, to care or to cherish the natural world. They are unable to manage today’s planetary complexity and unpredictability. They are out of touch with the reality of the material world, mean-spirited and unable to encompass real costs, or the full spectrum of what humanity values. As a result we live on the edge, not just economically but in relation to our unresolved resource challenges, climatic instability and political insecurity.
We need systems that achieve the essential goals of financial stability, integrity, sustainable planetary management and reduction in political conflict. We have to put money in its proper place as a tool that we use. This requires us to end its hold over our emotions expand into new viewpoints and create systems that serve us.
This book is our road map for the journey back into a sane and sustainable relationship with finance. Please read on for further information.
Our way of thinking about money has become one of the major constraints to human development. “Reinventing Capitalism” looks at how and why we got into difficulty, and explains in clear and simple terms why we have to change our wonky beliefs about money and re-engineer the systems they have built.