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I know that for most Americans this is Heresy, But Would you give it a thorough look? (Thread about understanding money for what it really is)

 
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I know that for most Americans this is Heresy, But Would you give it a thorough look? (Thread about understanding money for what it really is)
I'm talking about the strong grip that Americans have about money and freedom.

Think about it. See through the illusion that money is.

[link to www.moneylessmanifesto.org]

You can read the whole book here, for free.

This is what some people has said about it.


The revolution before us is only worth joining if it goes to the depths that Mark has explored . . . it is my hope that this book will deepen its readers’ belief in the possibility of such a world.

- Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics (from the Foreword)

An inspiring meditation on the divisive power of money, which also offers excellent practical suggestions for escaping its grip.

- Tom Hodgkinson, Sunday Times bestselling author of How to be Idle

Written with passion and outstanding integrity, Mark Boyle’s latest book breaks new ground in the field of genuine sustainability – one without money. It’s not as if we haven’t done this before. The Romans brought us money along with marriage (the ownership of a woman by her husband) and nuclear families. Boyle is living proof that it’s not only possible to live without money, but that life is more heart-ful, more real, and infinitely more sustainable.

- Manda Scott, Sunday Times bestselling author of Boudica and Rome

Mark Boyle is a brave man. The Moneyless Manifesto explodes the myth about money and brings the reader nearer to the truth that money is not true wealth. It is the land, the forests, the animals, the people, the community and the human hands that creates true wealth. I hope the Chancellor of the Exchequer reads this book. This book will open the eyes of bankers, hedge fund managers and financiers who live in the world of make believe. The Moneyless Manifesto shatters the illusion that we cannot live without money.

- Satish Kumar, Editor-in-Chief of Resurgence & Ecologist

This book will make you think – make you wonder, make you ponder, maybe make you change. It's remarkably important.

- Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature

Our culture has lost its way and our love affair with money has led us to exploit people and our planetary resources to such an extent that we are now threatening our very existence and committing Ecocide. By reframing our reliance on money and demonstrating that we can even live without it in a modern society, Mark delivers a powerful message that we can build a saner, more ecologically balanced and just culture.

- Polly Higgins, author of Eradicating Ecocide

In this timely and deeply thought-provoking book Mark Boyle gently dissolves and re-thinks the ultimate quantity that so preoccupies us in our measurement-obsessed culture: money. Read this book to discover how your life can be transformed by a world of qualities where the central values are reciprocity, community and the growth of our humanity and compassion.

- Dr Stephan Harding, author of Animate Earth

The Moneyless Manifesto combines a practical guide to reducing or eliminating dependence on money with potent reflections on why we might want to. Both are born of solid experience. Writing with his natural humour and everyman accessibility, Mark Boyle reminds us of the urgency of living well and escaping the madness of money-led living, not only as a positive lifestyle choice, but as a direct response to the ongoing devastation of our only life-support system, Nature. Boyle’s rarely-trodden path seems to me a key element in our collective groping towards a better way to live. I suspect he will soon have a whole lot more company.

- Shaun Chamberlin, author of The Transition Timeline

Many books have been written on the subject of ‘money’, but very few by people who have actually lived without it. The Moneyless Manifesto is a must read for anyone who wants to reassess their relationship with money. Whatever your circumstances, this book will provide you with the tools and strategies to rewrite your own personal story and will empower you to begin making the transition towards a 100% local gift economy. In this book, Boyle has drawn upon his background in economics, his experience of living both inside and outside the monetary system and the deep insights afforded to him through his reconnection with the natural world. It is a unique and important book for these unique and important times.

- Brigit Strawbridge, star of BBC's It's Not Easy Being Green

I've heard Mark speak in public and I can tell you it's a moving experience. His deep compassion, his refusal to shy away from hard truths, his vision of a better future and the power of his personality combine to make it so. I imagine Old Testament prophets must have had the same quality as Mark. In as much as the written word can ever express such passionate communication, it's here in this book. The Moneyless Manifesto is both a practical guide to creating a gift economy in place of our present money economy and the testament of a truly inspired man.

- Patrick Whitefield, author of The Earth Care Manual

Money is no longer a method of trade and exchange, it has become the control mechanism of 21st century post-industrial society that holds us all in its sway. Mark Boyle’s example of living without money, whilst living a satisfying and full life, explodes the myth that we need money to survive modern life. Quite the opposite, he proves that less money can mean more personal freedom. This is a liberating concept and it paves the way for strategically developing a human-scale gift economy that will set us free.

- Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine

This is the time to ask questions that challenge fundamental assumptions hidden beneath our day to day preoccupation with “earning a living”. Mark Boyle's book does just this. It is courageous, vibrant, and alive with possibility. The Moneyless Manifesto is a call to action, a paean to our beautiful Earth, an invitation to freedom. We would be wise to listen, and remember that inaction is a choice.

- Tim 'Mac' Macartney, author of Finding Earth, Finding Soul and founder of Embercombe

In The Moneyless Manifesto, Mark Boyle invites us to develop a different kind of wealth, one based not on money but on the quality of our relationships, connectedness with community and sense of purpose in life. At a time when social, economic and ecological systems might be on the verge of collapse, this book offers an essential pathway to recovery.

- Chris Johnstone, author of Find Your Power and (with Joanna Macy) Active Hope.

I'm not related to Mark Boyle (as far as I know), but I wish I was - not because I have the courage to follow him down all the logical paths he is taking, but because he is a true heretic, in the very best sense of the word: someone who questions everything and comes to dangerous and exciting conclusions about life and the future.

- David Boyle, author of Money Matters, Authenticity and The Human Element

Those days in his caravan can't have gone to waste as Boyle has clearly been researching this huge body of work. Mark has taken some of the leading thinkers from the present day and the past to write a manifesto for the Occupy generation.

- Andy Hamilton, author of Booze for Free

Mark Boyle really makes you think. If this is a pursuit you enjoy, this is the book for you.

- Tristram Stuart, author of Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

Part manual and part philosophy, Mark's book promises to change the way you look at money.

- Dave Hamilton, author of Grow your Food for Free (well almost)
The Moneyless Manifesto

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Re: I know that for most Americans this is Heresy, But Would you give it a thorough look? (Thread about understanding money for what it really is)
Just to bump my thread, but seriously, this guy is an heretic and most people react with anger at the mere thought, but I've noticed that Americans ussually react even with violence to this idea.

Any takers?
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12/08/2012 11:53 AM

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Re: I know that for most Americans this is Heresy, But Would you give it a thorough look? (Thread about understanding money for what it really is)
I thought that a thread about money would garner more interest. This is about going beyond money, the next step on the evolution of mankind.
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Re: I know that for most Americans this is Heresy, But Would you give it a thorough look? (Thread about understanding money for what it really is)
Wire transfer it to me then...
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Re: I know that for most Americans this is Heresy, But Would you give it a thorough look? (Thread about understanding money for what it really is)
Wire transfer it to me then...
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I already have nil.
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Re: I know that for most Americans this is Heresy, But Would you give it a thorough look? (Thread about understanding money for what it really is)
I have a problem of sorts: the first time I read about the idea of a moneyless world, it felt so natural to me that I have been reading and learning more and more ever since. But I have found people that react completely the opposite, they get physically anger to the mere mention of the idea. This sorts of puzzles me.

Many times I have seen that anger as a sign of addiction.

Thoughts?
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Re: I know that for most Americans this is Heresy, But Would you give it a thorough look? (Thread about understanding money for what it really is)
el bumpo was here!
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