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

No money for food

no food in the house and no money

No money for food? If you're in this situation you can try to get free food at the food bank or through appropriating food waste. On Moneyless.org we have quite a few tips to get food without money. There's no reason to starve if you don't have money. On the contrary. You can ask for food and you can search for food.

Free wiki hosting

Wikis are great ways to structure knowledge together with other people. Wiki means fast in Hawaiian, which is for a reason. I've written a little overview of free wiki software, now it's time for free wiki hosting. Unfortunately spammers have also found ways to use wikis, mainly for black hat SEO linkbuilding purposes. This makes it pretty hard to keep a community wiki running.