Who on Earth is Mark Boyle?

Mark Boyle, a.k.a. The Moneyless Man is an Irish activist and writer best known for founding the online Freeconomy Community, and for living without money since November 2008.

Books by Mark Boyle

Quotes by Mark Boyle

“I think every single thing we do is political. Even if you go to the shops and buy a packet of biscuits, then you're buying into the system, willingly or not. I think we're conditioned into thinking political systems as being either communism or capitalism. I think there are a lot more options available. We just haven't explored them.”

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“I think I couldn't do what I do without studying economics, because you need to understand the system first - how it currently works - in order to change it.”

Mark Boyle On living without money

“I think it's wrong to think of economics as money. The actual word itself actually revolves around meeting one's needs. Money is one way of meeting our needs, but it's only one way.”

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“I think that's the key of communication - to not use one method of communication for all people.”

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“If we grew our own food, we wouldn't waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn't throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor. If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn't contaminate it.”

Mark Boyle My Year of Living Without Money

“If you don't own a plasma screen TV, people think you're an extremist.”

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“It was really important for me to give up bank accounts so I closed my bank accounts so there was no safety net. I think that's the key. I think if I had a safety net I would not have got the benefits that I got from it. It was the fact that I knew I was living moment to moment, day to day.”

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“One of the most beautiful ways you can give is giving of yourself and your time.”

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“The degrees of separation between the consumer and the consumed have increased so much that we're completely unaware of the levels of destruction and suffering embodied in the stuff we buy.”

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“The more we consume, the more we want. And the more we want, the more we have to work to pay for all these things and insure them and then get stressed about them and protect them and get bigger houses. I think true freedom comes with letting go of them.”

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“We are addicted to money and our obsession with it is leading to the destruction of our planet.”

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“We're convinced we need money to have friends and partners, but actually I've found the opposite to be true.”

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“When you reduce what you need in life to the bare minimum, then that's when you achieve true freedom.”

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