In this episode of Subculture Club we meet a few Freegans in New York City and learn about their strategies for practical living. We explore why they take limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. According to them: “Freeganism is creative living outside of capitalism. Free from the oppression of the wage slave economy, and free in that you’re not paying for things, not participating in a moneyed economy.”
We often hear it, but how true is the phrase ‘Money can’t buy happiness’? Is there a correlation between the two, and if so, what can we learn from it? It turns out, if you think money and happiness are exclusive, you simply aren’t spending it right.
Mark Boyle has been living in the UK near Bath, without money since 2008 in a camper with solar panels he installed beforehand. His plan was to go one year, but he never stopped the experiment.
Here he shows a reporter from the newspaper Guardian UK how he manages a whole life with no money being exchanged.
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.
It is well known in economics academia that The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum in 1900 is loaded with powerful symbols of monetary reform.
The yellow brick road (gold standard), the emerald city of Oz (greenback money), even Dorothy’s silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers for the movie version) were the symbol of Baum’s belief that adding silver coinage to gold would provide much needed money to a depression-strapped, 1890s America.
We believe Baum’s symbols represent the only solution to relieve the growing economic hardship here in America – and the rest of the world.