Quit Your Job, Live Your Dreams
A Manual for Changing the World
By Thomas J. Elpel
Little actual work is required to provide for most human needs such as shelter, clothing, warmth, food, and water, and even new necessities, such as mobile phones and transportation.
Technological advances allow progressively fewer workers to produce essential goods and services necessary for society to function. To distribute goods and services and maintain social cohesion, all other people must be employed in increasingly superfluous work to consume surplus abundance.
Surplus time and idle hands represent a fundamental threat to society. The mechanism of control, subconsciously implemented throughout history, is to occupy people with meaningless work.
As the total workforce required to sustain society approaches zero, progressively more people are employed to consume and dispose of wealth rather than produce it. Resource scarcity, environmental degradation, and poverty are artificially created as side effects of the effort to keep people busy pretending to work.
Due to population growth and technological development, unnecessary work now consumes our resource base at an unsustainable rate and threatens all life on earth.
"A king could pay soldiers and staff with coins to buy basic goods without needing to produce tangible goods in exchange. In effect, money facilitated the transfer of goods and services from producers to non-producers."
The solution? Quit your job. Green Prosperity is a guide to personally disengage from the cycle of destruction, outlining concrete steps to take control of your life and live your own Dreams.
Author Thomas J. Elpel demonstrates how to join the ranks of the successfully unemployed, free to live off surplus abundance or re-engage and make a positive contribution.
Green Prosperity outlines the path to achieve prosperity individually, as well as the road we must take to achieve sustainable prosperity for all. 6 x 9 inches. 340 pages. June 2018. ISBN: 978-1-892784-41-4. $30. Scroll down to order.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I: The Prosperity Paradox
1-1. Green Prosperity: Quit your Job, Live your Dreams
1-2. Wealth Becomes Work: The History of Progress
1-3. Illusions: Industriously Pretending to Work
1-4. Hand-to-Hand: Redistributing Income to Consumers
1-5. Overshoot: Too Much of a Good Thing
1-6. Fool's Gold: Profiteering to the Poor House
1-7. No Sentient Life on Earth: Automatons at Work
1-8. Break Free From the Machine: Path of the Successfully Unemployed
1-9. Prosperity through Conservation: Negadollars and Opportunity Cost
1-10. Make it Happen: Exit Ramp Ahead
Part II: The Nature of Wealth
"The more damage we do to the environment the more dependent we become on additional resource extraction and energy consumption."
2-1. Real Wealth: Taking Stock of our Capital
2-2. Calories: The Currency of All Economies
2-3. Abstractifcation: The Invention of Money
2-4. Frack This Planet: Whatever Happened to Peak Oil?
2-5. Too Many Jobs? Prosperity with Less Work
2-6. Everything is Free: The Past and Future of Abundance
2-7. Green Prosperity for All: Rethinking Surplus Abundance
Part III: Principles of Economic Ecology
3-1. The Economy as an Ecosystem: Spontaneous Organization
3-2. Matter and Energy: Industrial Metabolism and Thermodynamics
3-3. Substitutes for Everything: The Good and Bad of Expanding the Resource Pie
3-4. Infinite Food Supply: Rethinking the Food Energy Pyramid
3-5. Stimulating Succession: Birth of the Restoration Economy
Part IV: Tools To Work With
4-1. Materials to Work With: Open Niches in the Ecosystem
4-2. Creativity: Eliminating Obstacles to Your Dreams
4-3. Technology: Putting Calories to Work
4-4. Energy: Squeezing Useful Work from Every Calorie
4-5. Labor: Adding Caloric Value
4-6. Money: The Biggest Bang for the Buck
4-7. Credit: Calories to Start On
Part V: Turning Dreams into Reality
5-1. Freedom to Bloom: Transcending Invisible Walls
5-2. Crystalizing the Dream: Creating A Personal Vision
5-3. Testing Guidelines: Weeding out Non-Solutions
5-4. Management Cycle: Monitoring and Flexibility
Afterword: Global Warming: Can We Save Ourselves?
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