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The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  29 reviews
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 envir ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published March 28th 2007 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jen Marin
In The Real Wealth of Nations, Riane Eisler contrasts the way that modern economics is tallied with the bigger picture that is often ignored. In the real world, paid labor is supported by the unpaid labor of cooking, cleaning, and caretaking. Under all of this is the unpaid and unaccounted contribution of natural capital.

Our current accounting system ignores these contributions, and instead focuses only on money as the metric for success. Unfortunately, this metric creates a situation in which
Sep 16, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I began reading Riane Eisler’s book “The Real Wealth of Nations” with an open mind. I am interested in the stated premise of the book, “Creating a Caring Economics”. I was intrigued by the coalescence of caring and economics and believe that our world today is in dire need of a change in priority and direction as it relates to caring for and nurturing one another. Unfortunately as I read Ms. Eisler’s work I found it to be a hate filled feminist manifesto, laced with a socialist agenda. There wer ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Real Wealth of Nations is an outstanding explanation and analysis of the source of today's myriad of social problems, both here in the U.S. and globally. Eisler integrates numerous concepts and social issues under the umbrella of the concept of gender equality and creating a more caring economy designed to create a higher, more sustainable quality of life, and thus peace and prosperity for all. More importantly, she doesn't simply describe the social issues related to domination and inequali ...more
Rachel Teen
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rachel by: Dr Lin Roberts
Excellent read, and far more succinctly explains a key point that I've been rabbiting on about for years - caregivers (to the young, the disadvantaged and the elderly) are far too under-valued in our society. The benefits of more validation for them will definitely have a trickle down effect on improving quality of life for all. Eisler prescribes a “caring economics” that assumes the obvious: people really matter. As she argues, “the real wealth of nations consists of the contributions of people ...more
Ann Manning
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for those who want to understand/think more deeply about what we value and how to measure economically what we value. The current economic system doesn't work and we need to move beyond Capitalism and Socialism Riane Eisler helps lead the way and gives you lots to think about.
Stimulating possibilities, clunky with the statistics and examples. Powerful message, daunting task. Loved the last chapter, inspiring.
"This economic double standard, in which caring and caregiving is associated with women and “femininity” and seen as inferior to anything stereotypically associated with men and “masculinity” is reflected in and perpetuated by economic measurements that falsify the costs of uncaring policies."

"Probably the most inefficient and destructive aspect of dominator econ
Meeka Charles
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The real wealth of nations is not just in our economic product but also in our capacity to care for each other, our children and our planet. I want to live in a world with a “caring” economy like the one Eisler describes. My second 5-star book by Riane Eisler. Can we make this required reading?
Jan 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
Eire Boudicca
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
In this book, Eisler talks about how our economy needs to change from a "domination" system to a "partnership" system, one that is cooperative and values caring and caregivng values and activities. I completely agree, but I only gave the book three stars because she spent more time on WHY this is important rather than practical steps on how to get there. I'm already a "bleeding heart", so I didn't need any convincing. This is the kind of vision that I have held myself for a long time. This is wh ...more
Eisler's a good speaker, but the writing isn't of the best--often happens.

The main problem I have with this book is that it tends to dismiss alternatives. I don't know who has suggested paying people not to work, but I'd like to hear more about it--the idea is introduced but dismissed, without real discussion.

Likewise, Eisler seems unable to dismiss the idea of hierarchy as a social foundation. Hierarchies are inherently domination machines--if the alternative is chaos, maybe what we need is a l
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
Honestly...can you say repetitious repetitious. Maybe this was because you usually have to repeat things to men before they hear?! I felt like that was kind of what she was saying but afraid to just come out and say it. Lots of teasing as if she were heading somewhere. Maybe I am biased because I my inner voice saying "No shit" "Duh" too many times....perhaps I use a lot of mental slang for one as enlightened as myself,...or to her credit, maybe my continually being treated like a substandard sp ...more
May 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
A radical departure from the Chalice and the Blade, this well researched book gave me cognitive fodder for imagining a new economic reality in which the freedom of capitalism is more powerfully employed in the service of human interest.

When I picked it up, I expected a light-weight, capitalism-bashing, leftist screed. I was shocked to find this book an insightful and fairly dispassionate examination of global economics, with some genuinely constructive suggestions. I'll be making a presentation
Jan 24, 2009 rated it liked it
This book covered a lot of issues I've thought about before, but put it in a framework I had never really considered - economics. Overall, I thought the main idea was interesting, but felt I got the main message just from the first chapter and much of the rest was longer than it needed to be. I read this book because I heard her speak a few months ago and I'm glad I was introduced to her thinking even if I didn't love the book. I have The Chalice and the Blade on my short list of things to read ...more
Aug 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Eisler tackles the greatest problems of our time--poverty, inequality, war, terrorism, environmental degradation and ties them all to flawed economic systems that do not recognize the value of caring for people and the planet. She suggests a new blueprint for moving forward that makes a whole lot of sense.
TK Goldenbaum
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Riane Eisler will be in Portland, Oregon at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2007 to discuss The Real Wealth of Nations at:
First Unitarian Church of Portland
1011 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Link to PDX 1st UU Calendar Notice
Feb 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I couldn't finish this book. It is good material, and I'm sympathetic to the overall message, but I found this dull. Perhaps that is more about me and the kind of writing style I like than anything. I enjoyed Marilyn Waring's "Counting for nothing" much more.
Cheryl Taylor
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Good message, not very disciplined in presentation. I don't believe her proposals are realistic for the US but it will be interesting to see what happens when more countries and economies are under female leadership.
Estrella Esparza-johnson
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Having completed the last chapter in this trilogy of work by Riane Eisler I am left inspired,informed and empowered. It is my sincerest hope that more people will read this and the other books of this group and one reader at a time transform the global conversation about partnership and caring.
Paul Brooks
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dr. Eisler is a torchbearer for women's rights and gently mothering visonary. this book takes her writings to the next level. a real grounded look at a spiritually oriented economic system that expresses partnership and gender equality.
May 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Like most social progressives, she has a bone to pick...but it's an extremely valid one. Skip right to part 3 after the intro for the meaty discussion on ending Dommination Economics, and creating a Partnering Economics.
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
While somewhat idealistic, this book is truly powerful. It really made me think about a lot of things, solidified some of my beliefs and choices, and is definitely something that I want to read again.
Jun 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Absolute rubbish. This is not an economics book. This is a sociology and social planing book written by someone that doesn't understand free market economics.
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
excellent ideas.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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Jun 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Too much to blurb
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
A must read for all policy makers interested in bringing a balance in politics, ecology, development and economy.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended!
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Riane Eisler is internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade, now in 26 foreign editions and celebrating its 30th anniversary with a new 2017 epilogue in its 57th US printing, as well as for other award-winning books. She keynotes conferences worldwide, with venues including the United Nations General Assembly and the US Department of State. She is President of the Center for ...more
“Women represent 70 percent of the 1.3 billion people in our world who live in absolute poverty. Consequently, as Joan Holmes, president of the Hunger Project, points out, any realistic efforts to change patterns of chronic hunger and poverty require changing traditions of discrimination against women.” 8 likes
“When the status and power of women is greater so also is the nation’s general quality of life; when they are lower, so is the quality of life for all.” 5 likes
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