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The Suggested Donation is not a plea for money. It is a psychological and practical solution to the capitalist model of exchange. When donating, you are actively resisting a tired old money system and supporting the evolution of a more equitable means of assigning value to goods and services. In this case, you get to decide the value of the good or service you are about to consume or experience. This opportunity is transformative for you, the consumer, as much as it is laden with responsibility. The suggested donation is more than a way of allowing the‘cost’ of a good or service to be determined by the consumer. Rather, it sigifies the decay of the entire paradigm of advertisement-fueled profit-over-people consumerism in favor of participatory and sane economics.
The Suggested Donation is not a guilt trip. It is a necessary bridge to a world of abundance unhindered by a system which provides for some and robs from others. That feeling of guilt when one does not give a donation is actually the longing for a world without a Market dictatorship. We long for a world in which we dont need to make money to be happy - because we know we don’t! We long for a world in which there is not a scarcity of food in the world - because we know there isn’t! We long for a world in which equality among all people is held as the highest value; a world in which exploitation, patriarchy, and war have been eliminated. A drop in the Suggested Donation bucket contributes to the river of revolutionary actions that will reroute the machinery of imperial domination and manufactured scarcity.
The powers that be would like to keep us separated. They do not want us to come together to discuss the vast inequalities and injustices in the world. They do not want us to break bread with our friends, to share our skills with strangers, or to plot our escape from their maze of economic slavery. They are content with having us interface only in spaces of consumption and would, most of all, like us to stay in front of a screen - infotained and sedated by illusions of reality that render us powerless to affect any change beyond the channel. We are given the illusion of choice as a means to satiate our distaste for monotony. But, we are not fooled by these illusions. Market-free space is nutrient-rich dirt for the roots of Resistance.
- taken from a pamphlet written by Andrew Lynn