From Money God to the Unmonastery

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Submitted by guaka on Tue, 24/09/2013 - 23:20

With the pope claiming people should stop worshipping the money god there's all the more reason for Moneyless.org to thrive. Unfortunately the pope also urges the unemployed to "fight for work" (sic!). I personally think there's just not enough work for people to start fight about (as we can see from the situation in Japan). In my opinion, if there's a fight it should be about achieving prosperity for all in other ways, such as through basic income. And it doesn't look like there's much time to waste.

Joris Luyendijk, a Dutch anthropologist, has been in The City of London for over two years. He's kept a blog about what bankers think. And it's not pretty. Joris has not become more hopeful about the future of banking, and let's be honest, we can strive for a moneyless future but if we'd get there tomorrow there would be havoc and many people dead in a short time span. The same pessimist thoughts can be had about politics and other businesses but unfortunately, banks have shown to collapse and in the meanwhile the resilience has not so much increased.

Bitcoin could be an alternative, and there are some pretty cool things out there, but as is it's not going to safe the world. Give it another year or 4 and it might help society a lot when banks will be collapsing again. But it would still remain far from an egalitarian system. Which takes me to the unmonastery planned in Matera, where I'm likely to have a talk or do a workshop about moneyless, unmonetizing and the links with Bitcoin.

Further reading

Caught by money

Money. We need it. We think. We grow up and it seems as if we cannot function without money. Because there's always money. Money is needed to live, to have a place, to eat, to travel. It seems as if we even need it to breathe. Is that really so?

Really Free Everything in London

Well, London is seeming to be the easiest place in the world to live in that I have lived in. Last year I lived in 16 countries in Europe and Africa.
Every restaurant/cafe that sells boxed food has stock on its way. If they don't sell everything in the store they can't store it... it has to go out. So they leave these boxes of food in front of the cafe's in bin bags.