Mark Anielski has written a book that will, if attention is paid, open a new era in economics that will emancipate us from the lose-lose calculus of our current reasoning. It is clear enough that the hopeless, interminable ideological conflict between Friedman and Keynes is passé and of no help. Anielski invites us to disengage from that debate and to refocus on an alternative set of metrics, away from money and toward actual living people. The core learning on which his argument is based is the shocking realization that money does not equate with well-being or happiness. As a result, economic theory, policy, and practice may more effectively and usefully turn to the generation of human well-being, rather than, as heretofore, on great accumulations and concentrations of wealth at the expense of the neighborhood (or the environment). Anielski is not a romantic His argument is compelling, rooted as it is in lived social reality. Attention must be paid. And when attention is paid, there is fresh work to do and fresh hope to embrace.Walter Brueggemann Professor of Theology Columbia Theological Seminary
An Economy of Well Being is an excellent and timely reminder that the end of the human person is to be in right relations with God, others, and nature. Mark Anielski calls us to radically realign our economics with our anthropology, gives us a toolkit and the metrics to do so, and demonstrates different possible outcomes through concrete case studies.
Seng-Kong Tan, PhD, Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore.
A game-changer for all with an open mind, an open heart and open will around humanizing our society. A brilliant guide to creating a new economic paradigm based upon well-being for all living beings on planet earth. The most inspiring book I’ve read in years on practical ideas and solutions for a better future of people, nature and society, from a place of pure being and love. After reading this book we cannot say that we didn’t know how to start creating a society of love.Ivo Valkenburg, Author of A Pure Life: Love Made Visible and Spirit in Finance