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Say What? Modern Day Cave Man on Why Money Sucks

"When I lived with money, I was always lacking. Money represents lack. Money represents things in the past (debt) and things in the future (credit), but money never represents what is present."

— Daniel Suelo, a man who decided in 2000 to move into a cave to see what it would be like to live without money. Suelo has a degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado but began his path toward cave-dwelling in 1987 when he joined the Peace Corps and was placed in a remote area high in the Andes. He saw how money transformed this poor village into one that was "impoverished" in a different way by the influx of money, and after moving to Moab, UT, to volunteer at a women’s shelter, he decided to dispense with money completely. He lives on greens he forages for around his cave dwelling, has cooked up roadkill ("best venison I ever had"), and occasionally ventures into town and dumpster dives or gets food from friends. He may have renounced money — but not the Internet! Suelo has a blog he writes from the public library.


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