Recently Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies
has been digitised and is now available as an eBook. You now buy it for your e-reader and for a limited time — just until 31 March 2014 — it is on sale via the Kindle Store
at a special introductory discount price of just £10 (i.e. Pluto’s RRP).
This release is one of the first thirty back titles to be digitised by Pluto Press, under the banner 'The revolution will be digitised'. To see these classic and recent books, all available cheaply as an introductory offer, access the Ebook Backlist Catalogue — and Pluto Press's other catalogues — here
Digital editions have unique ISBNs. The ones for Life Without Money are: 9781783711000 (ePub) and 9781783711017 (Kindle).
The Demonetization: Ending the Cult of the Commodity site has been created by a very active member of the demonetisation movement Kellia Ramares-Watson. Earlier this year Kellia interviewed me on our Life Without Money book. Earlier this month Kellia put a transcript of the interview up on her site. Here’s a quote from it:
I would say that nonmarket socialism is a money-free, state-free, class-free society where peopleʼs needs are still met. And theyʼre met by people sharing in decision-making and sharing and doing all of the work of production and exchange. So you just cut out there being the principle of money and monetary flows in exchanges. And you also cut out there being big bureaucracies so that we all have representatives who have representatives, and the kinds of communist experiments in the 20th century of China, Russia and Cuba, which were all highly state-organized communism. Nonmarket socialists see it being highly problematic to have the state. We see the state as being an important part of capitalism. The state as we know it today, it has actually grown along with capitalism. Itʼs sort of a way of limiting it; itʼs a way of actually supporting it; and itʼs also a way of ameliorating it. So it has very complex kinds of functions. But we think that in order for people to have their basic needs met, it would make more sense if people themselves were making a lot more decisions about what they needed and how it was produced and doing it themselves.
You can read a transcript of the interview — and leave your own comment — here:
Max Haiven recently interviewed us on a life without money and Marx's concept of money for his 'A people's Bank' project:http://www.academia.edu/4761348/_A_Peoples_Bank_
Assistant Professor in Art History and Critical Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada, Haiven researches money and its dissidents from the framework of art.
His Reimaging Money
site outlines his approach and progress.
To quote Haiven, in summary his research:
aims to explore the incredible power and terror of money over global affairs and our lives, including questions of globalization, austerity, debt, economic literacy, poverty, finance and power. It also seeks to open up spaces and times for thinking about money, and for fostering discussion and meditation about how we might transform money and the world towards the values social justice, peace and equality.
The site includes a collection of art about the concept of money. Amongst other publications
, Haiven has a book coming out from Zed Books in March 2014 Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power