Voices from the Edge on 05/17/12
Daniel Suelo, the man who quit money
Twelve years ago, Daniel Suelo left his life savings - thirty dollars - inside a phone booth and walked away. Since then, he has lived - to all appearances sanely and even joyfully - without money, credit, barter, or government support, fulfilling what he sees as a vision of the good life inspired by the teachings of Jesus, the Buddha and others. Suelo sees his path as one that has allowed him to live an engaged life on the personal, social and spiritual level. What does his experience tell us about modern American life?
This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk Daniel Suelo and with Mark Sundeen, the writer who has chronicled Suelo's experiences in The Man Who Quit Money. Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy says "... Daniel's story seems to offer some broader clues for all of us?" Is this level of withdrawal a solution to modern Americans' sense of alienation or an escape from the tougher challenge of being engaged with the world as it is?
Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.
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Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson
Other media on Daniel Suelo
- Daniel Suelo renounced money and lives off the charity of others, by Jeff Baker, The Oregonian, Saturday, May 12, 2012.
- Meet the Man Who Lives on Zero Dollars: In Utah, a Modern-Day Caveman has lived for the better part of a decade on zero dollars a day. People used to think he was crazy by Christopher Ketcham, Details Magazine, 2010.