(noun, etymology Dutch from ‘boedel’: estate, possession, inheritance, stock.). 1. Crowd, pack, lot, as in ‘the whole boodle.’ 2. a. Counterfeit money b. Money acquired or spent illegally or improperly, particularly when used in bribery for political purposes. 3. Slang for money in general.

Some Good Reads

Beyond Western Economics by Trent Schroyer (Routledge, 2009). Though a bit of an investment in itself (the paperback version via Amazon is your best bet), this is a rigorous study of economic thought that ultimately offers a view into alternative “economic cultures” from local self-sufficiency movements to cooperatives and other anti-capitalist experiments.

Bright-sided by Barbara Ehrenreich (Holt, 2009). The relentless promotion of positive thinking undermines America economically, Ehrenreich argues. Sometimes I’m not okay (much less great) and neither are you and neither is the state of the world. Until we wipe those silly grins off our faces and get to work solving some major problems, we’re sunk.

It’s Not About the Money by Brent Kessel (HarperCollins, 2008). Financial planner and yoga practitioner Brent Kessel outlines the major archetypes we all tend to draw on when it comes to money and offers practical solutions on how to shift away from the demands of our “wanting minds” to create a healthier money life.

The Origin of Wealth by Eric Beinhocker (Harvard Business School Press, 2006). A comprehensive, if wonky view of cutting edge economic thinking that says economies are organic, not mathematically model-able.

The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist (Norton, 2006). Global activist Twist leads you on a deep exploration of how to connect money with your humanitarian values and create a true abundance in your life and that of others. Her website is also devoted to helping people share their money stories and change how we relate to money for the better. http://www.soulofmoney.org/

Nickle and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (Holt, 2001). Ever wonder how the working poor make it? Answer: they don’t. Ehrenreich’s gripping first-hand account of trying to survive on a series of low wage jobs in America leaves no doubt that policy about a living wage has to change.

The Future of Money by Bernard Lietar (Random House, 2001). This Belgian economist gives an overview of a global monetary system in crisis and advocates practical solutions to strengthen communities via alternative currencies, among other solutions.

Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam (Simon and Schuster, 2000). Broken social bonds have wreaked havoc on our lives, Putnam argues. Until we can bowl together again, literally and metaphorically, our economy will lack the power to deliver on the pursuit of happiness.

Trust by Francis Fukuyama (Free Press, 1995). Why are some cultures prosperous and others not? In the new global economy, Fukuyama convincingly argues, societies that do not value individualism over cooperation and mutual trust will be the ones to prosper.

The Image by Daniel J. Boorstin (Vintage, 1992). In this 1962 classic look at American illusions (reissued in the nineties), Boorstin examines our look to image over substance in areas as varied as vacations, opinion polls, commercial graphics and advertising, and celebrity. He helps us distinguish “pseudo-events” from really meaningful ones, a process which has far-reaching impact on our ability to make authentic economic choices.

The Gift by Lewis Hyde (Vintage, 1983). This classic for artists and cultural creatives who want to understand what it means to have (and give) a gift, is also an inspiring read for anyone who resists the effects of the money economy and suspects that non-western, “gift economies” have had the right idea all along.

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