There are those who find Boyle's critique of a monetary economy simplistic, and those who find it deeply inspiring. But one thing is certain, by successfully living without money, Boyle has learned a lot about how human beings can better relate to each other, learn to cooperate and build community in the process.
Now he's releasing a road map of sorts—a Moneyless Manifesto—which sets out those lessons for those who wish to follow:
In this book, Mark takes us on an exploration that goes deeper into the thinking that pushed him to make the decision to go moneyless, and the philosophy he developed along the way. Bursting with radical new perspectives on some of the vital, yet often unquestioned, pillars of economic theory and what it really means to be ‘sustainable’ – as well as creative and practical solutions for how we can live more with less – Boyle offers us one of the world’s most thought-provoking voices on economic and ecological ideas.
And before the usual shouts of "hypocrite" start up again, it is worth noting that while printed copies of the book are available for sale, both Boyle and his publishers&,dash;Permanent Publications—have chosen to release the book free online, under a Creative Commons license because, Boyle says, his words are simply "an accumulation of all that has come before them – the people I have met, the books I have read, the songs I grew up with, the rivers I’ve swam in, the girls I’ve kissed, the movies I’ve watched, the traditions I’ve learned, the philosophers I’ve studied, the mistakes I’ve made, the violence I’ve seen, the love I’ve witnessed."
Whether true moneyless living is a realistic path for our broader culture remains to be seen, but I tend to think we are too quick to look for universally applicable solutions, rather than signposts and inspiration. I don't take Boyle's writings or lifestyle as a concrete model for us all to follow (and Boyle would be the last person to suggest it as such), but rather an inspiration to do more with less, to share more, think more, and remember to enjoy my life and the true economy in which it exists.
As someone who has mused on the concept of masturbation as an economic act, and enthused about the idea of a Plenitude Economy, I can't wait to read this manifesto and post a review. I don't think I'll turn down the fee I get paid for writing it. But I will think a little harder about how to spend it.