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(en) Russia, avtonom: "Society without money": lecture and discussion in St. Petersburg on August 18 [machine translation]

Date Wed, 14 Aug 2019 09:20:19 +0300


What will happen to society if there is no money? ---- Probably, this question more than all other questions that opponents ask anarchists, confuses us. We can say that many other objects of criticism of the anarchs - be it the army, bureaucracy, hierarchy, discrimination - are perceived by the so-called "majority" as a necessary or unpleasant, but inevitable evil. But money is perceived as a blessing. Let this benefit be connected with considerable troubles. The state is being eliminated from fulfilling its obligations (for example, "putting out a forest is not profitable"), and the people, therefore, rarely expect something from the state, especially good things ("it's far from the tsar, high from God") For many Russians, not only contacting the police, but also turning to doctors, often resembles bureaucratic red tape rather than help. However, left without money, any of us will feel at least awkward. Money seems to us such an important tool of social relations, that it is difficult to imagine abandoning it in the short term. But economic crises always lead to the depreciation of money. Can we develop better mechanisms than money to interact with each other to encourage the creation of public goods, take into account merit and stimulate the creation of values?

On August 18, we'll talk about what kind of functions money performs for society, what danger they carry to divide society into rich and poor, what exchange / donation practices are used by people in the so-called "primitive" societies in the absence of a state monetary system, and what practices people use it in case of depreciation of money at extreme moments of the crisis or in the case of conscious refusal of fiat money.

At the event, it will also be possible to sign postcards in support of political prisoners, to purchase a charity merch. Invite your friends, spread the word, show solidarity!

Location: Open Space on the street. Dostoevsky 34.

Time: 19.00 Moscow time.

https://avtonom.org/news/obshchestva-bez-deneg-lekciya-i-diskussiya-v-peterburge-18-avgusta
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