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Her book is much more than just theoretically significant, as would be expected from a social activist. She proceeds smoothly and logically from her theorizing to advocacy and conclusion. She makes a number of practical suggestions about what needs to be done on Wall Street (e.g. stiff tax on short-term speculations), in government (e.g., massive investment in child care and human development), by business leaders (e.g., changing from top-down to empowering corporations), and among social activist citizens (e.g., mounting a global movement to change laws and customs-she describes how she wrote an amicus brief that helped women legally gain equal rights). She summarizes the progress being made that she believes represents a "caring revolution."

The only quibble I have with her summary is her assessment that "hundreds of thousands of nongovernmental organizations" are all working she says toward the "common goal of shifting to a more caring economic and social system." I seriously doubt that claim. I've studied about 150 prominent NGOs in the U.S. My conclusion is that they are first and foremost compromised by the corpocracy and secondly represent a very fragmented activity, where even NGOs with similar missions and initiatives don't communicate with each other let alone coordinate or collaborate in their work. Moreover, I once contacted the leadership of 176 NGOs proposing a super coalition of NGOs under the auspices of, let's say, a U.S. Chamber of Democracy that is a counterpoint to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the advocate and lobbyist for big business that typifies the domination model. That proposal fell flat. Only five endorsed it; 32 said no; and 139 didn't even respond. 9

Conclusion

Eisler's conclusion is my conclusion, "we have to change present economic systems" for the sake of ourselves, our children, and future generations.

I had originally intended to pair this Part 5 with Part 6 to shorten an otherwise lengthy chain of articles. But her book is so seminal, so profound, so unique that it absolutely deserves to stand alone! Furthermore, I am revising my "pantheon of brilliant, radical and humane thinkers." 10 I am telling Aristotle he must share the top spot with Eisler!

Notes

1. Brumback, GB. Review in the Book Review Section of Personnel Psychology (2009, Vol 62, #1, 179-183) of The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, 2007, by Riane Eisler.

2. Galtung, J.& Inayatullah S. Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social, and Civilizational Change, 1997.

3. Eisler, R. The Chalice & the Blade: Our history, our Future. 1987.

4. Eisler, R. Wikipedia. wikipedia.org/wiki/Riane Eisler.

5. Brumback, GB. Notes on Some Classical Thinking (Part 3 of 10 Part Series) Economic Sanity and Alternative Economic Systems. Dissident Voice, May 20; Classical Thinking. Part 3 of a Series on Economic Ideas. OpEdNews, May 21, 2018.

6. Ibid.

7. Ibid. Part 3.

8. Ibid. Part 4

9. Brumback, GB. Tyranny's Hush Money. OpEdNews 9/28/2013, The Greanville Post, September 29, 2013.

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