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The Moneyless Manifesto by [Boyle, Mark]
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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

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, (from the Foreword) author of Sacred Economics and The Ascent of Humanity

Written with passion and outstanding integrity, Mark Boyle's latest book breaks new ground in the field of genuine sustainability. Boyle is living proof that it's not only possible to live without money, but that life is more heartful, more real, and infinitely more sustainable. --Manda Scott, Sunday Times bestselling author of Boudica and Rome

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Mark Boyle became The Moneyless Man in November 2008 when he set out to try living completely without money for 12 months - not spending, earning, saving or using it. His first book The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living, was published in June 2010 by Oneworld Publications, and documents this journey. Having successfully completed the first year of moneyless living, Boyle continued to live moneylessly for almost three years. The Moneyless Manifesto supports, informs and encourages others who would like to explore the possibility of living more with less. Boyle is the founder of the Freeconomy movement - which puts people with skills, tools and time in touch with those with a need for these things, without money changing hands - and blogs at www.justfortheloveofit.org

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  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Publications (26 Oct. 2012)
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  • Language: English
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I first read about Boyle's life without money a few years ago and read his last book, The Moneyless Man, which I utterly enjoyed. It was a human story of an ordinary guy trying to do something extraordinary.

However, I was left wanting more information about why he chose to live that way, and about how I could seriously get by without the need for so much of it myself, while having as good a time as it sounded like he was having! I didn't want to go as far as he did, but also hated the control it had over my life and my constant need for it, which I think we all feel to some extent.

This book has just answered both questions for me, and much, much more.

Firstly, it is beautifully written - witty, insightful, full of depth, very informative - it engrossed me start to finish. His deep understanding of fields as diverse as ecology, politics, anthropology, spirituality and the practicalities of living without money is something unique and rare, and his ability to weave them together into one coherent core philosophy even more so.

Secondly, the philosophy in this book is simply phenomenal, some of the best I have ever read, and I've read some of the greats. He exposes many of the myths and assumptions we hold about the world, things I hadn't even considered before. In the more practical chapters, I learned something new and/or inspiring on every page. I don't agree with everything he says in it, but that's part of the appeal for me: he challenges me to think about them in ways I hadn't before. It's very, very thought provoking, and possibly a real game-changer.
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I was first introduced to Mark through his first book - The Moneyless Man - which I found to be a modern Walden in its own way - full of inspiration, practical wisdom and philosophical insight. To have lived so happily with zero cash really blows apart the myths of the modern economy in my eyes.

This one is something entirely different, but a logical follow-on and maturation from the shorter Moneyless Man. The Manifesto is a two-fold joy, with the first section dealing with the philosophy of moneylessness and a critique of massified industrialism (with its attendant division of labour, specialisation, disempowerment and alienation etc.). This first part I read fully through and thoroughly enjoyed. It's advocacy of extreme localism and disavowal of high-tech culture is something which may grate on a lot of people, but which I found refreshingly realistic and a logical necessity.

The second half of the book I found more for useful for dipping in and out of and full of more practical tips in the areas of Land, Home, Food, Water, Washing, Education etc. These sections are peppered with insight and humour, the latter point really separating Mark's writing out from the gloomy tomes which often find their way onto my bookshelf.

Read it, admire it, learn from it, and strive for a freer world.
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I have been waiting for author Mark Boyle to complete a follow up to his first book The Moneyless Man for some time and it has been truly worth the wait. If ever you have questioned the way in which we live today and wondered if there might be a better way forward then this book is essential reading material.

The Moneyless Manifesto provides much food for thought about the destructive relationship we have with our planet, each other and our own material desires. In the first section of the book Mark Boyle deals with the philosophy behind living without money and creating local sustainable gift economies, I found reading this to be uplifting and carefully thought out. I would describe the second part of this book as a manual in helping us to make important changes to our daily lives which I have found to be particularly useful. The great thing about this book is that you can take what you want from it and easily apply it to your life and leave behind other parts. I do truly believe that The Moneyless Manifesto is not only one of the most important books for our time but also a potential life saving tool that you can't afford not to have on your bookshelf. The only negative thing I can say about this is that there simply needs to be more of it.
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This *is* a great book, passionately written and well argued. And yet, and yet...

After reading it, I'm no closer to really knowing how to embark on this life without money. Even the 5 star reviews here seem to miss the point by a country mile...it's not about ways of 'saving me £80' - it's about a 'moneyless' life or as close to it as it is possible to be.

My main gripe is in the section of land and housing, from which, surely a moneyless life actually starts. Unless the current political and economic realities collapse where do I (with a tiny monthly income and no assets) leap aboard? Every commune/Intentional Community I have ever known has started from one of two backgrounds - either squatting (which is now illegal and very challenging, and ultimately never more than a very short-term 'solution'), or from a rich donor who has inherited a property or is willing to share its ownership in order to get something started. As always, it's the easiest thing in the world to 'drop out' when one has money to start with. Not all of us were bankers in an earlier life.

More and more of the communities advertising in Diggers and Dreamers are ones one buys into. Some of the ones that aren't have ridiculous aplication processes (4 weeks over 6 months at Monimail - who is able to commit to that process with no guarantee of success?) - so its hardly surprising that they are struggling for members. Sure, Wwoofing is a great thing, but it's only temporary and difficult for anybody with a need to be settled in one place.

Perhaps dipping one's toe temporarily (through Wwoofing or whatever) into the moneyless world is enough? Perhaps, but I don't think so....
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