Towards an alternative economy

Compassion and Justice

compassion2We live in a capitalist economy, based on exchange of goods and services using the medium of money. When we buy or sell something, we make an agreed exchange of value. In theory nobody wins and nobody loses, but in practise the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Is there an alternative?

If we all valued other people as much as we value ourselves, a culture of giving could create a different sort of economy. An economy based on ‘loving our neighbour as ourselves’; where as we look after the interests of others, we can feel secure in the knowledge that others are looking after our interests. I know that this seems idealistic, but bear with me as we explore the matter further.

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2 Responses to “Towards an alternative economy”

  1. keithpp Says:

    The fastest growing sector of the economy (beside food banks), is the sharing, collaborative economy, but because it does not contribute to GDP it does not get a mention.

    Sacred Economics
    Co-ops – sharing – commons
    The Emperor’s New Clothes
    In the cafe where you can pay what you want, what would you choose?
    The Zero Marginal Cost Society
    Beyond Jeremy Rifkin: How Will the Phase Transition to a Commons Economy Actually Occur?

  2. keithpp Says:

    It is an often repeated myth, money was invented to replace bartering. It was not.

    Sacred Economics

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