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Monday, April 27, 2009

When the Financial Apocalypse Comes -- You'll Still Be Able to Get Quality Macrame. Web Site Aims to Foster 'A World Without Money.'

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click to enlarge It's easier to romanticize the notion of a Medieval-style barter economy when you don't factor in that our ancestors died young and never bathed
  • It's easier to romanticize the notion of a Medieval-style barter economy when you don't factor in that our ancestors died young and never bathed
These days, it's understandable why so many folks have romanticized the age before intertwined financial enterprises could finagle a series of mind-numbingly complex transactions with a bunch of digital money and -- poof! -- there goes your life savings. Give us the days when John the Miller traded some flour for a little handiwork from Joe the Plumber, and everyone traded a chicken for a pint of mead from Jim the Brewer. Everyone died at age 30 from tooth decay, but at least they never had to read the phrase "Subprime Mortgage-backed securities" (or, for that matter, anything -- they would likely be illiterate). 

Maybe the feeling of dread I have when notes that you can barter Spanish lessons for automotive repair is misplaced. Maybe this is just the service Spanish speakers with malfunctioning automobiles and little handy cash as well as auto mechanics with little desire for material gain and an itch to brush up a romance language were waiting for.

Anyhow, my sense of dread was somewhat tempered by my regional chauvinism when I noticed that the 122 barter possibilities in San Francisco far surpassed any other California locale. In your face Los Angeles (59), San Diego (13), and San Jose (0). Looks like we do deserve to be one of the state's "major cities."

So, let's see what's out there, San Franciscans:

Well, best of luck to the good folks at favor pals. But they'll have to deal with something that our ancestors in barter economies didn't -- Craigslist.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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