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Direct pointing to real wealth : Thomas J. Elpel's field guide to money.
Elpel, Thomas J.
Personal Author:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
Pony, Mont. : HOPS Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
186 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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HC79.E5 E47 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Direct Pointing to Real Wealth is an enlightened look at the nature of money. According to Thomas Elpel, the economy is like an ecosystem, and money is a token we use to represent calories of energy in the ecosystem. This unique approach to money takes you beyond the numbers game to a direct examination of the laws of physics, biology, and economics. Using these principles, you can build a life of leisure and prosperity without earning more money. Whether you are raising a family or running a business, Direct Pointing to Real Wealth will help you achieve your dreams by providing a fresh look at time, energy, economics, and the environment.

Table of Contents

Forward: Gardening the Ecosystem: The Do-Nothing Method of Real Wealthp. 1
Introduction: The Economy as an Ecosystem: Spontaneous Organizationp. 3
Part I The Nature of Wealth
1-1. Real Wealth: Taking Stock of our Capitalp. 13
1-2. Calories: The Currency of All Economiesp. 15
1-3. Inflation: The Changing Relationship Between Calories and Moneyp. 19
1-4. Prices and the Natural Ecosystem: Understanding Caloric Relationshipsp. 23
1-5. Wealth and Work: A Ten Thousand Year-Old Patternp. 27
Part II Principles of Economic Ecology
2-1. Matter and Energy: Industrial Metabolism and the Laws of Thermodynamicsp. 37
2-2. Substitutes for Everything: The Good and Bad of Expanding the Resource Piep. 43
2-3. The Human Equation: The Evolution of Consciousnessp. 49
2-5. Succession: Making Change in the Ecosystemp. 56
Part III Tools To Work With
3-1. Creativity: Eliminating the Obstacles to Your Dreamsp. 67
3-2. Materials to Work With: Open Niches in the Economic Ecosystemp. 75
3-3. Technology: Putting Calories to Workp. 81
3-4. Energy: Squeezing Useful Work from Every Caloriep. 89
3-5. Money: Financial Ladders and Cultural Relativityp. 98
3-6. Labor: Adding Caloric Valuep. 107
3-7. Credit: Calories to Start Onp. 113
Part IV Turning Dreams into Reality
4-1. The Sum of the Criteria: Creating Your Personal Visionp. 123
4-2. The Test of Time: Planning for All the Today's to Comep. 130
Part V Putting Your Ideas to the Test
5-1. The Weakest Link: Success One Task at a Timep. 135
5-2. Cause and Effect: Finding Solutions Beyond the Symptomsp. 138
5-3. Marginal Reaction: Comparing Your Optionsp. 141
5-4. Energy/Wealth Source and Use Looking Out for our Children's Grandchildrenp. 144
5-5. Neighbors and Culture: Respecting Others Along the Path to Your Dreamsp. 147
Part VI Implementing Your Strategy for Success
6-1. Planning: Prioritizing Your Action Listp. 153
6-2. Learning and Growth: Empowering Yourself and Others Around Youp. 157
6-3. Financial Planning: Managing Your Moneyp. 160
6-4. The Management Cycle: Monitoring and Flexibilityp. 162
Part VII Tilting Succession in the Ecosystem
7-1. Economic Stability: A Game of Musical Chairsp. 169
7-2. Taxation: A Tool For Changep. 175
7-3 Cleaning up Corporacy: Tilting Markets Towards a Better Worldp. 179
Conclusionp. 182
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 185