Nope, I'm not Moneyless though I feel myself pulled in a less money direction. Especially after the Teen and I kicked off the New Year by watching this:
The Teen may have been gaming and had the youtube playing proximally, rather than specifically watching however, he absorbed enough of it to facilitate an interesting conversation about Mark Boyle's message and his mission. Thanks to google and a bit of research, we also had a great conversation about his background (business, for those naysayers in the audience).
I love the message he's sharing - highlighting the fact that we'd likely waste less food if we grew our own and the true cost of cheap clothes. And the man can talk the business talk, which I think is good. It shouldn't be needed but truthfully, it is. Someone with a degree in business is much more likely to be listened to - and more difficult to discredit with jargon, and 'insider knowledge' - when the person has formal training but still rejected that path.
If I'm such a supporter, why not go moneyless myself? It's a question I've explored a lot, and need to explore some more. Truth be told, it tempts me often. If we pulled up stakes, built a towable tiny house, and bought a truck to tow it, we could be debt free and that, my friends, is tempting. But, it's not wholly how I want to live.
To sum up quickly, it's currently -15*C (5*F for those of you who live with fahrenheit) and almost knee deep snow. So, foraging here is limited, and in a tiny house, storage is limited as well. So, I would need some way to get food during the winter and I'm not a fan of relying on purchasing food for my way of life.
There is the argument in favour of moving somewhere that year 'round food production/foraging is an option however, an equally strong option (or perhaps stronger) is that to pull up stakes would mean leaving the community we have here. I actually don't believe there is a realistic way to be an island, as it were. I think self sufficiency exists best in the context of community. I'm not an intentional community type, neither do I need people around me all of the time; in fact, I've been at home since Boxing Day with little contact with the outside world, including my friends and am quite content.
But I also have no illusions that doing it all by myself all of the time just isn't realistic. I don't think that a single person or even a small family can grow all of their own food, make their own clothes, etc. Even Pa and Ma Ingalls couldn't pull it off in Little House. They did most of it but they still needed to trade for some things and that was when you could. I don't think my local grocery store would let me trade my egg abundance for for sugar though once upon a time, you could do exactly that.
I also feel, very acutely, the call to land stewardship. In my region huge tracts of forest and farmland are being "developed". First, everything marketable is taken off them - timber, top soil, whatever. And then big houses, or huge houses, are built upon the remains.
If we were to sell, the acres of trees and pasture we're protecting by doing almost nothing* would no longer be protected and at the mercy of "development". The cost of that protection is an exchange of cash until we own it outright (and then a bit more cash annually for taxes). There is something in that for me.
Now, if there was a critical mass of people who share Mark's views it would be different as well. My experiences with intentional communities hasn't been all that positive. In the circumstances I've observed, the intentions ended up miles from the end result.
The Woodsman has seen other examples - most notably on when touring (musically) a few years ago. They were more urban examples however, and the issues of land use and conversation weren't prevalent the way they are in forested areas. If we were to live in an urban area, I would look for a community like that - one with a shared kitchen and a community but individual space and privacy as well. My strongly developed I (introvert) just can't work well in a busy, populated, heavy social obligation community. I need quiet and space.
Now on that note, watch the video while I head back out into the gorgeous wilderness with my dog.