After more than a decade head down in finance and macroeconomic texts, I sensed something was missing— a book tailored to the average person. One that simplifies the complexities of our monetary system without the jargon. One that delves into the profound impact our money has on the various aspects of society. And most importantly, one that discusses how we can reshape our society toward genuine value creation and cooperation.
After a year of putting pen to paper, day in and day out, this is my attempt at writing this book.
Before diving in... price should not be a barrier to learning. If you're not in a financial position to purchase the book, please email me or reach out on Twitter, and I'll gladly send you the eBook for free.
Back Cover Blurb
Do you ever feel like you're treading water, struggling to keep up with the rising tide of expenses? From groceries to housing to transportation, your cost of living continues to climb while your wages struggle to keep up.
It's a frustrating and often isolating feeling. But the truth is, not only are you not alone in this struggle, but you are not the problem. The challenges we face stem from our money!
The Hidden Cost of Money by Seb Bunney, co-founder and CEO of the financial education platform Looking Glass, peels back the layers, revealing how money weaves its influence throughout our social, economic, and political spheres. Whether we're talking about how we, as individuals, interact with the world, environmental degradation, the deterioration of the family unit, or the rise of unproductive business practices, one underlying force connects them all: money.
With insights that challenge conventional wisdom, this book will leave you with:
- A newfound appreciation for the role of money in our lives.
- A greater understanding of what it might take to build a more prosperous, equitable and just future.
- Insight into guarding against the pervasive effects of our money.
And rest assured, Seb's writing dismantles jargon and simplifies the complex, making the intricate workings of our monetary system accessible to readers from all backgrounds.
Available Early December
What readers have been saying:
“Anyone who cares about our future and the future of our kids should read this book.” - Greg Foss, Financial Strategist & Thought Leader
“I thought I knew about money. I was wrong! I had no idea about the repercussions of our money, not just on markets, business and politics, but on the fabric of our very being. Mind blown!” - Daz Bea, Financial Educator
For a sample of the book, subscribe here. Alternatively, here's a glimpse of what is covered:
Introduction - Money Is More Than Just a Medium of Exchange
Why Money Is the Ultimate Form of Expression
Chapter 1 - A Brief History of Money
How Intervention Has Shaped the Money We Use
Chapter 2 - The Hidden Costs of Intervention
Why Meddling Has Led to a Decrease in Purchasing Power
Chapter 3 - The Four Stages of Economic Ruin
Why Central Planning Often Leads Us Astray
Chapter 4 - The Link Between Money & Behaviour
How Our Money Shapes How We Act
Chapter 5 - Money, Parenthood, & Self-Identity
How Money Influences the Family Unit
Chapter 6 - Mismanagement, Irresponsibility, & Risk-Taking
How Easy Money Disrupts Business
Chapter 7 - Short-Term Thinking = Long-Term Problems
How Our Money Impacts Government & Politics
Chapter 8 - Money's Toll on Our Planet
How Monetary Policy is Amplifying Environmental Destruction
Chapter 9 - The Hypnotic Trance of Mass Formation
How Controlling Structures Use Psychology to Command Change
Chapter 10 - The Illusion of Freedom
How Unsustainable Systems Erode Our Rights & Freedoms
Chapter 11 - Behind Closed Doors
How Unelected Organizations Govern Global Finance
Chapter 12 - Realigning Incentives
What a Monetary System Built on Truth May Look Like
Chapter 13 - Money Reimagined
How This Revamped Monetary System May Benefit Us
Chapter 14 - Rebutting Mainstream Beliefs
Why Capitalism Isn't the Problem & Regulation or Taxation Are Not the Answer