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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Leaving Currency Behind: How We Transition from Human Labor for Survival Toward a Fully Automated Economy by Richard Guitar Zen is an incredibly timely self-help book that addresses the extreme and ineffective currency system. Broken down over the course of thirteen chapters, Zen covers a proposed reformation of multiple sectors in order to decrease the number of hours people are forced to work and level the economic playing field so it is as advantageous to the working class as it is to those who hold the greatest wealth. The comprehensive plan that Zen puts forward encompasses a multitude of industries, the wide-reaching and positive impact it would have on a global scale, a change in mindset that positions a population for maximum quality of life across the board, and offers this transformation in a way that elevates human dignity and environmental impact.
Leaving Currency Behind is an ambitious piece of work. Richard Guitar Zen offers extensive research and an exhaustive amount of source material to cement the foundation for a way of life that is not only inspiring but also pragmatic and wholly plausible. This isn't a run-of-the-mill Utopian pitch; it is an intelligently presented and hard look at the failures of a government and society that place the capitalism of the American system over the health and welfare of its people. I found chapter eight, Reforming the Healthcare Industry, to be particularly personal. I agree that for-profit healthcare is an abomination, but honestly had no idea of the depth and scale of its malfeasance. This extends to big pharma and their crushing patents, the destruction of financial stability of the average American -most of whom are only a couple of hundred dollars away from poverty - and an opaque, virtually non-existent oversight of the currency-driven industry. I genuinely enjoyed this guide and found myself reading some of the more weighty bits to my wife. Highly recommended to any and all who are frustrated by the current system.