The Natural Order of Money
Second Edition Hardcover
Publication Date: April 13, 2023 (UK) May 4, 2023 (US)
RRP: £15 / $20 / €19
PUBLISHER: Chelsea Green Publishing
104 pages, 191mm x119mm x13mm, 290 grams
Clothbound with gold foil blocking
First Edition Hardcover
Publication Date: December 2022
RRP: £11.99 / $12.99 / €12.99
PUBLISHER: Goldmoney Publishing
100 pages, 197mm x127mm x13mm, 290 grams
Printed and bound in Great Britain in the city of Oxford
The first edition print run of 12,343 copies sold out on March 4, 2023.
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The Natural Order of Money is about the intrinsic relationship between people, money, and nature. The book begins by asking a simple question: Why do we in our modern society expect food as if it were a given? What initially makes cooperation between the farmer and other members of society possible, and what, in the long run, renders it sustainable? The proposed solution affirms the vital importance of the farmer and the food that he harvests and argues that only a natural money can serve as the concrete means of assuring ecological accountability and sustainable prosperity. In a time of uncertainty plagued by wealth inequality, inflation, and environmental stress, The Natural Order of Money pierces the fog of financial elitism and re-establishes society in our shared home of nature. It equips the reader with a compass to again find True North in a sea of economic confusion.
The Natural Order of Money is written to be accessible to any reader while also engaging experts in the realm of social science. The book presents a novel, philosophical account of money and its connection to the natural world. Its theory of ‘ecological accountability’ will interest those who are critical of modern capitalism, and those who are environmentally conscious and seek an economic theory which prioritizes sustainability. The arguments in the book offer a challenge to current political ideas on the right and left. Although written to be timeless, the book touches on many topics (such as inflation, wealth inequality, and unsustainable economic policy) that have recently come to dominate economic and political discourse. Anyone who has an interest in these disconcerting problems of our time will find new ideas in this book. The Natural Order of Money has the potential to inspire professionals, academics, and ordinary readers, and so ignite a wider cultural conversation.
Born to third generation farmers, Roy Sebag is an entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of experience in the mining, investment management, agriculture, technology, and manufacturing industries. Although he never received a formal education, he has become an independent voice and author in the fields of economics and natural philosophy.
The Natural Order of Money Book Reviews - Updated February 27, 2023
"This illuminating treatise calls for an economy in closer balance with the natural world." - Publishers Weekly's Booklife
Arguing that economic theory operates “in a mathematical vacuum, removed from its wider ecological environment,” entrepreneur Sebag’s polished, eye-opening debut examines the relationship of money to our natural world—and suggests that the “real economy is beholden to a natural standard of measure and reward.” This natural standard, he writes, means that there is “a primary and objective judgment of nature upon the actions of the real economy,” a judgment that we can better understand and prepare for by following the lead of farmers, who know best how to prosper in the natural world. Their example can teach us savings, frugality, preservation, but also points to bigger ideas, too. Sebag’s biggest: “ecological accountability,” which describes “the fact that the cooperative system is always and everywhere tethered to the natural order.”
"The Natural Order of Money provides those who are critical of the modern capitalistic system, and those who are environmentally conscious, with an economic theory that prioritizes equitability and sustainability" - Business Matters
Entrepreneur and economic theorist Roy Sebag was one of the few to predict the 2008 Financial Crisis. Now, he believes the UK’s monetary system itself is breaking down, attested by record high inflation, and requires replacing to ensure prosperity for decades to come. He sets out his natural money theory in the bestselling new book The Natural Order of Money. For those seeking a more sustainable future, the book provides a novel argument grounded in the brute facts of nature.
"The Natural Order of Money gives an humble yet hopeful way forward for each individual and for the economy worldwide" - Engelsberg Ideas
Roy Sebag’s The Natural Order of Money is not a book on abstract economics. It aims to reconsider our economy from the ground up – literally from the soil cultivated by the farmer to the computer used by the software engineer. In this compelling and simple study, Sebag argues that the only way to maintain a sustainable and wholesome economy is to use a tangible currency that is rooted in the natural world and reflects the amount of effort involved in producing it.
"Roy Sebag’s The Natural Order of Money offers an incisive reconsideration of macroeconomics." - New Polity
Instead of choosing a side between various ideological theories of the economy (is money a commodity? Is it credit?) Sebag answers such controversies by returning to reality—to a given, created order. As he puts it, “No matter how economically or politically complex our human societies appear, they nevertheless remain accountable to the regularities and vagaries of the natural world.”
"Sebag's book is very taut and beautiful: his central thesis is to explain and demonstrate why gold became the 'natural money' of humanity." - John Waters
In presenting his argument, he constructs a model of reality that describes also the natural and stripped-down state of a functional economy, cutting through the verbiage and theorising of the academic and purchased economists that have bedevilled attempts at fundamental perception through modern times. Essentially, his model conforms to the impulse expressed in my recollections of my grandmother’s farm, being based on the production of essentials, first for the producers, and then a surplus for those across the borders of the real economy in a different land.