The Moneyless Manifesto
“to question the myths that laid the foundations to the birth of money, to highlight the damaging consequences that were inevitable since its very creation but which only hindsight has made evident, and – most importantly – to ask you to help humanity come up with new stories, different ways of doing things that makes sense for the world we’re all faced with today.”
The book sets out to show how you to transition towards a moneyless life in a practical way, most people may not be able to fully implement all his suggestions but there are some great suggestions for decreasing your reliance on money. We have just skimmed the book and it looks great and well worth a read, particularly because in the spirit of the project Mark has decided to give away the book for free (links at the bottom of the article to where you can get the book). This we salute as it opens up everyone to the ideas of living a money free life. Having met Mark in the real world, we can genuinely say that he really believes in what he does and we wish him the best of luck with this latest project.
We wanted Mark to explain why he has decided to give away the book for free.
“Both myself and my courageous publishers, Permanent Publications, have decided to publish a free online version of this book, and the normal paperback version under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license, for three reasons:
Second, just as actions display our beliefs more honestly than our words, the ways in which ideas and practical tools are shared are at least as important as the words themselves. I wanted the medium to be fully aligned with the message.
Third, I wanted to release it under a Creative Commons licence because it felt fraudulent to have my name on the front of this book. As I said in the acknowledgements page of my last book, what are my words but “an accumulation of all that has come before them – the people I have met, the books I have read, the songs I grew up with, the rivers I’ve swam in, the girls I’ve kissed, the movies I’ve watched, the traditions I’ve learned, the philosophers I’ve studied, the mistakes I’ve made, the violence I’ve seen, the love I’ve witnessed.” The ideas in this book could be no more mine than the piece of the Earth I inhabit.
If you do buy a normal paperback copy of this book, your money is going towards two things – the cost of printing a book in a money-based economy, which is a reality of our Age; and supporting some other work – that of Permanent Publications in the field of Permaculture, and that of myself and others in our efforts to create a fully localised (and land-based) gift economy in the UK. We aim for this to be a resource for others to draw upon, and an example of another way of living on this planet – one in intimate connection with the land under our feet, the myriad forms of life we share it with, and the people of our communities. If you do buy a paperback copy (for yourself or your family and friends), we would like to say a genuine thank you for your kindness in supporting these endeavours.”
Where to get the book
Due to the kindness and courage of Mark’s publishers, Permanent Publications, there are a number of ways you can read it (or get involved):