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Experimentation in Greece

The experimentation in Greece for years now, especially since 2011, offers lessons for non-montary and non-market futures. An article in the Guardian earlier this year suggested that exchanges cutting out the middle merchants between producers and consumers — much like farmers' markets but centrally controlled — has been most successful:
Thousands of Greeks are benefiting from perhaps the simplest of the “solidarity economy” projects nationwide, a movement that links buyers directly to the people who produce their food, detergent and other essentials, undercutting supermarkets.
Most take orders before a monthly meeting when cash and goods are handed over. In a country with a notorious parallel market, even the government wins, because all transactions are recorded, said 38-year-old teacher Dimitris Tsilogiannis.
“We have had a great response from the public, all we do is totally legal and most importantly all sellers give receipts,” he said during an evening spent manning phones to answer queries and help buyers unable to use the internet. In the office with him were a soldier, an unemployed friend and an office worker, all of them volunteers.
Their local group has coordinated the sale of 1,500 tonnes of potatoes, olive oil, rice, flour, fruits, honey, cheese, pulses and other products at prices around a third to half of supermarket levels.

Local Lives Global Matters

Raphael Souchier — on French and North American grassroots initiatives — in conversation with Anitra Nelson on community-based governance instead of money as the ruling principle of production and exchange, and George Ryan, lawyer, small farmer and LETS advocate — 11.15 am to 12.45 pm on Friday 16 October 2015 Local Lives Global Matters Conference, Castlemaine (Victoria, Australia)

Sharing money

It's only a step towards a world without money and the organisers aren't really anti-monetary but the Free Money Day is a way to raise consciousness about the roles of money in our society. It's coming up very soon, 15 September 2015 at a place near you or you can contribute. For more see:

A word of caution, read our post for 1 September and link to view the video of the hilarious consequences of some of these kinds of actions.

On ecovillages, sustainability and money

Here's a quick read on ecovillages, part of a debate in The Conversation about their role in a more sustainable world — with a sting in the tail via a no money line: 'In defence of ecovillages: The Communities that can Teach the World to live Sustainably'   You might get a kick out of reading the comments too.

What money means

Take a look at this great little video experiment, which shows what money means to many people in capitalism: 'You've got to earn your way up, man!'

Green Materialism follows New Materialism?

Are anti-capitalists — such as Occupy activists — realising Marx's vision of 'social humanity' as in his Theses on Feuerbach, 1845?

It seems like the principles and strategies of anti-capitalists have the capacity to form a life without money — substituting direct democracy for the outdated operating principle of money in capitalism.

Those are the arguments in a recent paper.

Find a short version of the 'Green materialism' talk in the Green Agenda panel at the recent Historical Materialism Australasia 2015 conference (University of Sydney):

The full talk is on Research Gate:

Twin Oaks and operating without money

See this great short utube video on the enduring Twin Oaks community in Virginia.

It was made when a co-editor of Life Without Money was staying there in 2012 so there is a segment on going beyond money.

More than that it is great seeing all the productive activities at Twin Oaks and Twin Oakers talking about their everyday activities for collective sufficiency and governance — a light to a new world:

A Green Materialism/Agenda

Contributors to Life Without Money Terry Leahy, Anitra Nelson & Ariel Salleh will speak on allied topics at the Historical Materialism Australasia 2015: Reading Capital, Class & Gender Today Conference at the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia 17–18 July.

The Green Agenda Panel takes place at 9.30 am 17 July.

Convener of the Greens NSW and award winning journalist Hall Greenland will chair and offer rejoinders.

In a critique of Daniel Miller’s work on consumption, Terry Leahy emphasises Miller’s neglect of alienated labour, and the potential of a gift economy.

Anitra Nelson’s paper outlines an ecosocialist concept of ‘green materialism’ showing that anti-capitalist movements today correspond to Marx’s ‘new materialism’ as famously elaborated in his eleven Theses on Feuerbach (1845). Furthermore, the defining characteristics of anti-capitalist currents offer the bases for replacing money as the organising principle of our society.

Ariel Salleh argues for the holistic inclusion of ‘meta-industrial workers’ in her class theory for an Earth democracy.

The most you will have to pay for conference registration is $50 (unwaged $20).

Capitalism Nature Socialism

The international socialist journal Capitalism Nature Socialism has featured arguments for a money-free future. In the previous ten issues, the following have appeared:

Andreas Exner (2014) 'Degrowth and Demonetization: On the Limits of a Non-Capitalist Market Economy', Capitalism Nature Socialism, 25:3, 9–27.

David Barkin (2014) 'Life Without Money' [book review] Capitalism Nature Socialism, 25:2, 126–128

Ariel Salleh (2014),Ariel Salleh (2014) 'A Vernacular Response to Barkin's Review of Life Without Money', Capitalism Nature Socialism, 25:2, 128–131.

For more by Andreas Exner, see: Demonetize it!

Contesting capitalism and Leo Panitch

In the 7th Annual Wheelwright Lecture, delivered in Sydney in September 2014, Leo Panitch let forth against the likes of David Harvey and Wolfgang Streek — including many in the audience. I respond here, which is the prose version that inspired the poem at the same site (see last post):

Be a flower!