An Other Kingdom
Our seduction into beliefs in competition, scarcity, and acquisition are producing too many casualties. We need to depart a kingdom that creates isolation, polarized debate, an exhausted planet, and violence that comes with the will to empire. The abbreviation of...
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Our seduction into beliefs in competition, scarcity, and acquisition are producing too many casualties. We need to depart a kingdom that creates isolation, polarized debate, an exhausted planet, and violence that comes with the will to empire. The abbreviation of this empire is called a consumer culture.
We think the free market ideology that surrounds us is true and inevitable and represents progress. We are called to better adapt, be more agile, more lean, more schooled, more, more, more. Give it up. There is no such thing as customer satisfaction.
We need a new narrative, a shift in our thinking and speaking. An Other Kingdom takes us out of a culture of addictive consumption into a place where life is ours to create together. This satisfying way depends upon a neighborly covenant?an agreement that we together, will better raise our children, be healthy, be connected, be safe, and provide a livelihood. The neighborly covenant has a different language than market-hype. It speaks instead in a sacred tongue.
Authors Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, and John McKnight invite you on a journey of departure from our consumer market culture, with its constellations of empire and control. Discover an alternative set of beliefs that have the capacity to evoke a culture where poverty, violence, and shrinking well-being are not inevitable?a culture in which the social order produces enough for all. They ask you to consider this other kingdom. To participate in this modern exodus towards a modern community. To awaken its beginnings are all around us. An Other Kingdom outlines this journey to construct a future outside the systems world of solutions.
PETER KOESTENBAUM was a professor of philosophy at San Jose State University for thirty-four years. He has applied his knowledge of philosophy to business, leadership, management, marketing, and strategic thinking. He is the author of Leadership; The Inner Side of Greatness, Is There an Answer to Death?, Managing Anxiety, Choosing to Love, The Heart of Business, The New Image of the Person, and The Vitality of Death. Koestenbaum and Block are the co-creators of the videotape The Language of the Leadership Diamonda. Peter lives in Westlake Village, California. ýPETER BLOCK author, consultant,
Dr. Walter Brueggemann (Th.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York:; Ph.D., St. Louis University) is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Theology and Interpretation at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA .
His award-winning Theology of the Old Testament (Fortress Press, 1997) quickly became a foundational work in the field. The Association of Theological Booksellers presented Walter Brueggemann and Fortress Press with a Theologos Award for Best General Interest Book at a dinner in Brueggemann's honor, for the award-winning book, Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope: Contested Truth in a Post-Christian World.
His recent publications include Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Contemporary Church, The Theology of the Book of Jeremiah, Like Fire in the Bones: Listening for the Prophetic Word in Jeremiah, and The Word That Redescribes the World: The Bible and Discipleship.
- :<p>signs Of The Times Xiii</p> <p>introduction: C Ontext Is Decisive Xvii</p> <p>the Landscape Of The Market World Xx</p> <p>enclosure Xxi</p> <p>covenantal Versus Contractual Order Xxi</p> <p>the Neighborly Covenant Xxii</p> <p><b>chapter 1 The Free Market Consumer Ideology 1</b></p> <p>scarcity 2</p> <p>certainty And Perfection 3</p> <p>privatization 3</p> <p>the Institutional Assumptions 4</p> <p>better Management/technology Is The Fix 4</p> <p>interpersonal Is A Problem 5</p> <p>competition Trumps Trust 5</p> <p>toward A Neighborly Culture 6</p> <p>a Culture Based On Covenant 6</p> <p><b>chapter 2 Neighborly Beliefs 9</b></p> <p>abundance 9</p> <p>mystery 10</p> <p>mystery At Work 11</p> <p>a Place For God 13</p> <p>holiness 15</p> <p>wilderness 15</p> <p>fallibility 16</p> <p>failing To Be God 18</p> <p>grief 19</p> <p>the Common Good 20</p> <p><b>chapter 3 Enough Is Enough: Limits Of The Market Ideology 21</b></p> <p>the Consumer Market Disciplines 22</p> <p>surplus 22</p> <p>predictability And Control 24</p> <p>speed And Convenience 26</p> <p>the Sale Of Convenience 26</p> <p>convenience Displaces Capacity 27</p> <p>digital Solutions 28</p> <p>the Meaning Of Money 29</p> <p>money And The Machine 30</p> <p>wishing For Safety, Believing In Growth 31</p> <p>competition And Class 32</p> <p>class By Design 33</p> <p>class Warfare And The Distribution Of Wealth 34</p> <p>the Myth Of Individualism 36</p> <p><b>chapter 4 Tentacles Of Empire 37</b></p> <p>the Corporatization Of Schools 38</p> <p>no View From The Top 38</p> <p>end Of Aliveness 39</p> <p>mobility And Isolation 40</p> <p>un-productive Wealth 41</p> <p>violence 42</p> <p>illusion Of Reform 43</p> <p><b>chapter 5 The Common Good Is The New Frontier 45</b></p> <p>the Neighborly Covenant 46</p> <p>the Commons 48</p> <p>an Alternative Social Order 49</p> <p>resisting The Empire 50</p> <p>off-market Possibilities 51</p> <p>the Neighborly Way 53</p> <p>the Alternative To Restless Productivity 55</p> <p>the Shadow Side Of Community 58</p> <p><b>chapter 6 The Disciplines Of Neighborliness 61</b></p> <p>time 63</p> <p>a Time For All Things 63</p> <p>time Is The Devil 63</p> <p>standing In Line 65</p> <p>kairos 65</p> <p>food 66</p> <p>food And Sacred Re-performance 67</p> <p>the Local Food Movement 69</p> <p>food And Culture 69</p> <p>silence 71</p> <p>listening 72</p> <p>quakers And Time And Listening 72</p> <p>sacraments Of Silence 73</p> <p>covenant: A Vow Of Freedom And Faithfulness 74</p> <p>covenant And Retributive Justice 75</p> <p>abundance And The Right Use Of Money 75</p> <p>money And Our Affection For Place 77</p> <p>a Liturgy For The Common Good 77</p> <p>prophetic Possibilities 78</p> <p>story As Liturgy And Re-performance 79</p> <p>the Re-performing Power Of Liturgy 79</p> <p>postscript: Beyond Money And Consumption 81</p> <p>timing Is Everything 82</p> <p>signs Of Change 83</p> <p>commentaries 85</p> <p>references And Further Reading 97</p> <p>acknowledgments 103</p> <p>about The Authors 105</p> <p>index 111</p>