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The Man Who Quit Money

Daniel Suelo lives in caves in the canyonlands of Utah. He survives by harvesting wild foods and eating roadkill. He has no job, no bank account and does not accept government welfare. In fact, Suelo has no money at all.

Mark Sundeen, author of The Man Who Quit Money, admits many people would regard Suelo’s alternative lifestyle as bizarre. But the 2008 financial crash has led many to question the value of money. He explains some of the lessons found in Suelo’s philosophy.

The Man Who Quit Money

The Strangest School in the World

Burgess Hill was a progressive boarding school in Hertfordshire, England in the 1960s. In this one-of-a-kind British boarding school nothing was forbidden and students were “allowed to find out for themselves whether conventions are good or bad.” In other words, plenty of cigarette smoking, mod styles, R&B dancing, abstract painting, and motorbike races.

American Nomads

Beneath the America we think we know lies a nation hidden from view – a nomadic nation, living on the roads, the rails and in the wild open spaces. In its deserts, forests, mountain ranges and on the plains, a huge population of modern nomads pursues its version of the American dream – to live free from the world of careers, mortgages and the white picket fence.


The Little Money Bible, by Stuart Wilde

Here’s a short review of The Little Money Bible by Stuart Wilde. A small book with some big ideas about how to balance spirituality and material success. According to Wilde: “Moneymaking is not a serious business; it’s a game. At first it may seem that it’s a game that you play with forces outside yourself—the economies of the marketplace, so to speak. But as you proceed, you discover that it’s actually a game you play with yourself!”

Stuart Wilde has another excellent book on this subject called The Trick to Money Is Having Some.

Can They Kill You With an Implantable Microchip?

“Positioned as the solution to eliminating identify theft, lost wallets and purses, and a host of other information breaches, the all-inclusive implantable RFID tracking chip is gaining momentum for widespread implementation. Recent news reports indicate that an RFID tracking chip capable of killing humans (that presumably do not comply with rogue government demands) has already been invented.”

The Hilarious Power of Conformity

This vintage stunt from a 1962 episode of Candid Camera makes for a good laugh. But it also captures something important about human psychology.

We laugh that these people are manipulated like puppets on invisible strings, but this scenario makes us aware of the number of situations in which we mindlessly follow the dictates of group norms and situational forces.

How a Fake Guru Gets Real Followers

Kumaré is an enlightened guru from the East who builds a following of disciples in the West. But Kumaré is not real. He is an American filmmaker named Vikram Gandhi, who has transformed himself into Kumaré as the centerpiece of a social experiment designed to explore and test one of the world’s most sacred taboos.

Concealing his true identity from all he meets, Kumaré forges profound, spiritual connections with real people from all walks of life. At the same time, in the absurdity of living as an entirely different person, Vikram the filmmaker is forced to confront difficult questions about his own identity.

The Psychopath Test

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson’s exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world’s top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry.

Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry is the latest book from Jon Ronson, author of The Men Who Stare At Goats.