The argument of Capitalism versus Socialism fails to recognize that both are rooted in domination systems that devalue the work of care in both the formal and informal economic sectors. Instead we need an economic system that supports mutual respect, non-violence, equality, empowerment, and caring. Partnerism focuses on promoting human rights and nonviolence, gender and racial equity, child development, and new metrics that demonstrate the enormous economic contribution of caring for people, starting at birth, and caring for our natural life support systems.
Riane Eisler, JD, PhD (hon), is president of the Center for Partnership Systems (CPS) and Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Eisler pioneered the expansion of human rights theory and action to include women and children, and her research, writing, and speaking has transformed the lives of people worldwide. She keynotes conferences internationally and consults for governments on partnerism and the partnership model. She is the author of numerous books, including Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives and Future (Oxford University Press, 2019) and The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future (now in its 57th US printing, and in 27 foreign language editions). Her The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics was hailed by Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking” and inspired the development of CPS’s Social Wealth Index, showing the economic return from investing in caring for people, starting at birth, and caring for our natural life-support systems. For more information see www.centerforpartnership.org, www.partnerism.org, and www.rianeeisler.com.