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I recently finished reading Charles Eisentstein's Sacred Economics . It's a pretty in-depth look at how we might transition to a non-monetary society, and an examination of money-less societies of the past and how we got into the huge economic mess the world is in now. In keeping with the theme of the book, you can read the whole thing for free online.
As zinesters, we know all about the gift economy and barter. For the last two years I have been giving away my paper, OBSOLETE! by sending it out to friends who distribute to their local independent businesses. Somehow I manage to make it happen without going completely broke.
Now, I've decided to give away ads, too. If you want a free ad for your zine in my paper, get in touch and I'll send you dimensions, etc. If you can help out by dropping some copies around your town, that would be great, but not required.
I really think that this is where we need to be going as a culture. Monetization of every bit of life is a losing game, and it just seems like a race to the bottom. I'm interested in how others feel about it. I don't know exactly how I can keep this "gift" model going, but I'm trying to just roll with it and see where it takes me (other than the poor house).