There’s a common denominator underlying our mounting personal, social, and environmental problems: lack of caring. We need an economic system that takes us beyond communism, capitalism, and other old isms. We need economic models, rules, and policies that support caring for ourselves, others, and our Mother Earth. ~ Riane Eisler, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics
In the United States, the top 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the nation's wealth.
Old economic theories give hardly any visibility or value to the life-sustaining acitivities of households and of nature--the activities without which there would be no economy, no workforce, in fact, no people. This old economic system led to great human suffering and environmental degredation. Today we are moving from the industrial to the post-industrial knowledge-information economy, and old economic policies and practices are savaging our natural environment. This makes the need for a more accurate and realistic economic map more urgent than ever before.
Theories, we are often told, are merely abstractions with no real practical impact, but hardly anything has impacted modern history more profoundly than capitalism and socialism. ~ Riane Eisler, The Real Wealth of Nations
Some characteristics of domination economics are detailed in excerpts from The Real Wealth of Nations.
Neither capitalist nor socialist theory recognized that a healthy economy and society require an economic system that supports optimal human development. By contrast, partnerism recognizes that the development of high quality human capital – that is, of human capacities – is (in addition to a healthy ecosystem) the most valuable component of a successful economy. ~ Riane Eisler, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics
Some characteristics of partnership economics are detailed in excerpts from The Real Wealth of Nations.
Net Worth Distribution, 2001