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Surviving Without Money: German Woman’s Year-Long Adventure
Gulf News ^

Posted on 06/28/2014 2:36:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway

For one year, Greta Taubert renounced our consumer society. Eating, drinking and dressing without spending a cent, the 30-year-old German woman wanted to see what life would be like if the economic system collapsed.

The first thing she badly wanted after her 12 months of consumer abstinence? “Tights,” she replied spontaneously, nursing a cappuccino in a café in Leipzig, a city in what used to be East Germany.

SNIP

“I even made my own shampoo,” she said. “But I started to look like a Neanderthal. My friends told me, ‘Now you’re going too far’,” she laughed.

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1 posted on 06/28/2014 2:36:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
wanted to see what life would be like if the economic system collapsed

Not a valid experiment as she was living on the surplus of others. In a economic system collapse there is no surplus.

2 posted on 06/28/2014 2:39:42 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

bump

if the economic system collapsed, she would not be the only one living like that


4 posted on 06/28/2014 2:40:49 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nickcarraway

She sponged. Others worked and produced clothing and other basic goods. She made efficient use of such goods, but aside from a small amount of gardening there is no evidence that she produced anything.

She lived off others in an effort to show people that THEY consume too much. Meanwhile, she did nothing but consume the work of others.


5 posted on 06/28/2014 2:41:59 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

After a year, first I’d want is a bottle of Balvenie 12yr and a pack of cigarettes. ..and a 24oz prime rib, rare....


6 posted on 06/28/2014 2:44:15 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway
Surviving Without On Other People's Money: German Woman’s Year-Long Adventure

There, fixed the headline.

7 posted on 06/28/2014 3:14:05 PM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: nickcarraway

Well whatever hope she enjoyed it and got something useful out of it in her life. Money is for using and not to love it. But to shun it completely is not smart. Why cause unnecessary hardship and lack?


8 posted on 06/28/2014 3:32:07 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: F15Eagle
"Did she have electricity?"

Sorry if this is a little aside from the intention of your question, but you might find it interesting. Many Americans are too far from powerlines and have small PV solar electric plants.

"Did she have running water?"

People in rural areas use water wells with pumps for that. Pumps can be powered by small diesel generator, PV solar, wind, etc.

"Did she pay rent / mortgage payments?"

Many are downsizing to small houses on cheap lots in order to stay out of debt.

"Did she pay taxes?"

Where property taxes are low enough, enough money can be saved in advance to pay them for a long time. Property taxes are much lower with much smaller houses in most places.


9 posted on 06/28/2014 5:15:51 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

exactly. a real test has no surplus and everyone fighting for anything useful. genune dangier.

this is why the takers can survive off the excess - and confiscated - of the makers. if the makers can’t make, there’s no excess/anything to confiscate.


10 posted on 06/28/2014 5:25:00 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: tflabo

i don’t think it’s wrong if someone wants to see how they can cope on a tight budget. at the same time don’t delude yourself you feel exactly like a persoin who/has no choice but to live that way, or lecture anyone else because their test is artificial and they have the ability to quit anytime.


11 posted on 06/28/2014 5:27:22 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear; ClearCase_guy; libertarian27
"Not a valid experiment as she was living on the surplus of others."

"She sponged...She lived off others"

"Surviving Without On Other People's Money: German Woman’s Year-Long Adventure...There, fixed the headline."

Show us a quote from the article behind the posted link above this thread to substantiate those comments. And while we're discussing spongers (or worse),...

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12 posted on 06/28/2014 5:28:09 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Kartographer

Ping.


13 posted on 06/28/2014 5:28:33 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’d guess about a third of the US population is in a similar boat - no money of their own, but plenty to be had from the government.


14 posted on 06/28/2014 5:30:10 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Secret Agent Man

I thought this was a Chelsea “I wanted to see if I could care about money” story.


15 posted on 06/28/2014 5:56:09 PM PDT by freefdny
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To: familyop
Here you go... She also scavenged for food discarded by shops and bakeries. In times of collapse there would be no food discarded.

She also stocked up by buying food items ahead of time.

It is like my claiming I have not bought clothes in years. I haven't, but I have a nicely stocked wardrobe already so it is a shrug.

16 posted on 06/28/2014 8:06:12 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: familyop
Boy you really take this personally.

All of those things you mention take M*O*N*E*Y. Her claim is "no money".

17 posted on 06/28/2014 8:08:59 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: freefdny

niiiiicce....! :-)


18 posted on 06/28/2014 8:14:26 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: familyop

heck, all she would have to do is move here to the Philippines and wait for a typhoon.
been there, done that.


19 posted on 06/28/2014 8:59:56 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: tflabo; nickcarraway
Money is for using and not to love it. But to shun it completely is not smart. Why cause unnecessary hardship and lack?

Ecclesiastes 10 Verse 19:

A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

(Emphasis mine)

Of course we know too, that the love of it is the root of all evil.

20 posted on 06/28/2014 9:52:44 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (1 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. Psalm 50 v 10)
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To: F15Eagle; Harmless Teddy Bear
"~~~All of those things you mention take M*O*N*E*Y. Her claim is “no money”.~~~"

"We have a winner."

With more study and preparation, she could have prepared to stop using cash for anything but property taxes for ten years. That would also allow for much time to focus on advocacy and activism to decrease or eliminate property taxes.

Such activism is not really necessary, though, except for the future health and safety of individuals and families who work in advance to be more self-sufficient. In the remainder of the default process, the remainder of the bureaucrats and their many associates will lose their incomes and political influence anyway. Bond problems and austerity measures are going to happen.

There's nothing conservative about excessive private sector dependence and extorted consumerism to suit socialists who produce nothing more than schemes to officiously steal from others.


22 posted on 06/29/2014 3:20:07 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
"Boy you really take this personally."

Those who depend on government directly or indirectly for incomes take their declining flow of debt/revenues and returns from government-linked investments very personally. I'm rather more analytical about helping people to leave the dying commie/fascist plantation.

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The subject of the article posted above--the "German Woman"--should try it again with more study, projects and savings in advance. She could be much more self-sufficient.

Go Galt. Have fun. Enjoy the slide.


23 posted on 06/29/2014 3:38:26 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: LadyDoc
"heck, all she would have to do is move here to the Philippines and wait for a typhoon. been there, done that."

That's very true. I was in a hurricane that destroyed power and telephone infrastructure along with many of the hurricane-resistant buildings (sustained winds of 160 mph, much higher wind gusts). That was in the U.S.A. of 1970, though, and we rebuilt very quickly. Our nation is not what it was.


24 posted on 06/29/2014 3:48:35 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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