a few quick responses to syrph:
"Proper bookkeeping seems to me a more realistic and effective strategy than dropping out. "
more effective than dropping out of what? economic relations?
"Call it the economic lens if you will, it distorts reality no more than any other lens at my disposal."
i hear that. any lens distorts in some way.
"Debt - just the feeling of owing someone something, especially when vague - can be exploited to control others. "
absolutely! viewed in that way, debt is a weakness to be exploited. wouldn't you want to remove that opportunity from anyone you relate with? discarding - or at least minimizing - value exchange as the basis for relationships might address that at some level, don't you think?
but wait... i don't want to try to convince you of anything. i've made it clear where i stand on the issue of value exchange relationships, and you have as well. i think we understand each other reasonably well on that - we have very different ideas and desires around it. cool. is there any reason to drag that particular discussion out further? is there anything new to be said?