No money, no meetings

Part of the cultural make up of Acorn is the smoke shack.

note the lighter hanging from magnets int he top middle.

note the lighter hanging from magnets in the top middle of this photo.

While i dont smoke cigarettes, but the social scene and the liberated zone feeling of the place make me a regular visitor.   The conversation is occasionally precious and exciting to me.  We have been talking a lot about new communities recently.  In part because i bring up Chubby Squirrels all the time and because a number of people here want to help new communities get started.

“She had me at ‘no meetings’.” One member is leaving Acorn, because a smaller sexy community in Missouri is offering a culture which is free of meetings.  Members make decision on the fly and informally.  This is great for a group of 4 or 6, but at 28 (Acorns current membership) or heaven forbid 100 people (Twin Oaks is this size), this gets much harder.

Devon is a tattoo artists who was previously living in Baltimore.  He was hanging in the smoke shack and explaining to me that central to his decision to leave Babylon and move to the commune was he wanted to move away from money. They will happily do trades for their skills (which include tattooing) or participate in a gift economy.  And while i applaud people who are giving up meat or boycotting Walmart, the people who are moving away from money have a heroic stature in my mind.

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About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

8 responses to “No money, no meetings”

  1. joan says :

    i love the smoke shack, and am another non-smoker who frequented it during my acorn stays. my heart swells to hear of comrades moving in this direction. i am so happy to have a small homestead that needs no meetings… having friends who share the goal of NO MONEY is such a dream come true. we’re moving away from it pretty quickly out here. ❤

  2. Andrew says :

    It makes me so happy to see people actively make changes in their lives instead of just talking about how things should be. I am working to become more self sustaining as well. It’s work, but work with purpose. :]

  3. pnc says :

    It’s interesting how many cultures through time have incorporated smoking as a social or religious focal point. Does Twin Oaks or Acorn grow any tobacco to satisfy the needs of those who indulge or are those who want it subject to the same usurious taxes that those outside the communities are stuck with?

    • paxus says :

      @pnc – Twin Oaks started growing tobacco and fairly quickly abandoned it. Acorn is just stating again and i learned that you have to ferment tobacco to get ride of the bitter after taste from smoking it.

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