To Uphold the World

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2010-03-01
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
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In 1991, Bruce Rich traveled to Orissa and gazed upon the rock edicts erected by the Indian emperor Ashoka over 2,200 years ago. Intrigued by the stone inscriptions that declared religious tolerance, conservation, nonviolence, species protection, and human rights, Rich was drawn into Ashoka's world. Ashoka was a conqueror who converted to Buddhism on the heels of a bloody war, yet his empire rested on a political system that prioritized material wealth and amoral realpolitik. This system had been perfected by Kautilya, a statesman who wrote the world's first treatise on economics. In this powerful critique of the current wave of globalization, Rich urgently calls for a new global ethic, distilling the timely messages of Ashoka and Kautilya while reflecting on thinkers from across the agesfrom Aristotle and Adam Smith to George Soros.

Author Biography

The author of Mortgaging the Earth, Bruce Rich is a Washington, D.C., attorney who has worked to promote environmental and social standards for international finance, for which he received the United Nations’ Global 500 Award.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Note on Sanskrit Terms and Namesp. xvii
Past Presentp. 1
The Age of Transcendencep. 19
The Great Dilemmap. 39
The Arthasastra: Wealth above Allp. 65
The Gift of Dirtp. 96
The Greatest Conquestp. 112
Ashoka's Legacy: Conundrum and Challengep. 136
To Uphold the Worldp. 156
Afterword by his Holiness The Dalai Lamap. 183
Acknowledgmentsp. 185
Notesp. 187
Indexp. 211
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