Could You Live Without Money?
Next, he asks, "how much would you have to do for your wage-slave neighbors," in the informal barter economy, to make up the tiny fraction of work income that is actually net income when work-related expenses are taken into account? That might include
making clothing or furniture for them, doing renovation work, lawn maintenance, child care, driving them around in their car, picking things up for them, educating their kids, running a bed-and-breakfast for their visiting family and friends....
This assumes, of course, that your neighbors are in the inexpensive community you moved to. Or better yet,
suppose instead of just moving out yourself, you got together with nine other wage-slave families and pooled your resources and started an Intentional Community?... Now you get some economies working for you: You can share vehicles, meal preparation, education and other duties, and the space needed for these activities (which make up much of the modern 'single-family' home, and which space is unused most of the day). You can wi-fi the place for the whole group. You can grow some of your own food and use solar and wind to take the place off the grid. By doing these things you could probably halve the per-family fixed cost in the table above to $7,000, and then create one or two small enterprises to earn the $70,000 per year the whole community needs to live on. Maybe work an hour a day, or one day a week each, for outsiders, and the rest of your time would be your own, to spend with those you love doing things you love doing.Now go back and read this old post of mine: Building the Structure of the New Society Within the Shell of the Old
And suppose your Intentional Community provided useful services to other ICs in a 'network' that could give you things you can't provide well for yourselves (food you can't grow, say, or health care, or recreation) in return for you providing things that they don't know how to do.
For those who've been following movement of the libertarian left at Technorati, I'm putting this under a new tag: counter-economics
See also barter , cooperatives