In the gathering above we studied and discussed Riane's work. The general feeling was that across all boundaries men/woman, black/white, religions, ethnicity, Republican/Democrat and so on we could work together and rally around this Partnership model and the Caring Economy as models for a successful leap into the future. There are no wars, all children receive a high quality education from pre-school through some post high school, women are paid on a par with men and welcomed as full citizen, people are valued and welcomed regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, and our earth is honored and protected.
When I ran for congress here in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district, I imagined a world spoken of by the late Senator Paul Wellstone when he said, ""I dare to imagine a country where every child I hold in my hands, are all God's children, regardless of the color of their skin, regardless of whether they're boy or girl, regardless of religion, regardless of rich or poor, that every child I hold in my hands, will have the same chance to reach her full potential or his full potential. That is the goodness of our country. That is the essence of the American dream." Eleanor Roosevelt said, "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." Riane Eisler's work is that candle in the darkness. It represents the formula by which our dreams and hopes for ourselves, our children, our collective future, and our nation may flourish into fulfillment.
Riane's work creates a framework for change by exposing and naming the fundamental problems with our current economic and social systems. This fundamental problem, the Dominator social structure, infiltrates all areas of our lives including our relationship with ourselves, our loved ones, our co-workers, our community, our nation, and our world, as well as our relationship with nature and with spirit. Through Riane's book, The Chalice and the Blade we learned that the way forward is through a Partnership social construct that would allow all voices to be heard and included. In her book The Power of Partnership, Riane shows the 7 partnership relationships that create a strong and vibrant nation of self-actualizers working for the good of not only themselves but for all of us together. Riane's lastest work, The Real Wealth of Nations, together with her previous work creates the comprehensive framework that we as a nation can build our future upon. This latest book shows us how to create an economy that is fair to all, that helps level the playing field, and lays the groundwork for maximizing human potential as a primary aim in policy making. Through the careful implementation of Riane's work we can transform personally and in all of the relationships on our life. Most important for our nation, our children, and our future, we can transform politically and economically. Riane Eisler is the unifying answer to the self-aggrandizing greed of Ayn Rand propagated by Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, the Koch brothers, and the like that has has done so much harm to our economy over the last 35 years.