A month ago I read an article about a man that stopped using money. He had been a successful young man but come to the conclusion that most of the evil in the world that he was concerned about had it’s roots in our financial systems and decided to just opt out of the whole thing.
This came shortly after I finished reading Deep Economy. My key take away from it was that the idea of chasing GDP growth is destroying our communities. This intersection between our economic systems and community health is really interesting to me.
A business exists to meet the needs of its customers. If isn’t a business that meets a particular customer’s need, they would be forced to find a friend, neighbor, or family member that could help, meet the need themselves, or go without. This is how we think of the flow chart, but when we’re most concerned about community health we should turn this chart on it’s head.
There are household economies and neighborly economies and these ought not be undermined if we care about the health of households and neighborhoods.
I love businesses that sell tools instead of consumables. They move the means of production closer to the craftsman. These types of enterprises are living out of the same spirit as the man that swore off money. The difference is they’re able to do it inside their communities and equip and inspire their neighbors to follow along.