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Could You Survive Without Money? Meet The Guy Who Does

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

DANIEL SUELO LIVES IN A CAVE. UNLIKE THE average American—wallowing in credit-card debt, clinging to a mortgage, terrified of the next downsizing at the office—he isn’t worried about the economic crisis. That’s because he figured out that the best way to stay solvent is to never be solvent in the first place. Nine years ago, in the autumn of 2000, Suelo decided to stop using money. He just quit it, like a bad drug habit.

His dwelling, hidden high in a canyon lined with waterfalls, is an hour by foot from the desert town of Moab, Utah, where people who know him are of two minds: He’s either a latter-day prophet or an irredeemable hobo. Suelo’s blog, which he maintains free at the Moab Public Library, suggests that he’s both. “When I lived with money, I was always lacking,” he writes. “Money represents lack. Money represents things in the past (debt) and things in the future (credit), but money never represents what is present.”

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Listening to her heart

Listening to her heart

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Disability rights activist Michele Friedner, who has severe bilateral hearing loss herself, is now studying how disability is tackled in everyday life. Bharathi Prabhu has the details

“Hmmm, my achievements?  Getting a gas connection, wrangling for a research permit from the Commissioner of police, braving Bangalore traffic….” ticks off Michele Friedner on her fingers.

Typical “foreigner in India” speak? Wait till you hear about Michele’s other and more significant achievements. Graduating from a large public high school at the top of her class and later from an Ivy League university with a magna cum laude degree, working as a disability rights activist, getting published in the globally reputed Economic and Political Weekly, pursuing her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley… All these despite her severe-profound bilateral hearing loss.

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