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As someone who believes the earth already comes with everything included, for all of us to have an abundance of joy, the idea of a Really Really Free Market (RR Free Market), sparked my interest instantly, and rekindled my hopes for ideas I incorrectly did not believe could thrive in America.

Call me slanted, but I seldom expect other people to do for their neighbor, as they do for themselves, which to me, is essentially what voluntarism boils down to, and what RR Free Markets rely upon. Over the past three years, in many areas across our country, and really across the world, new RR Free Markets are popping up everywhere, where everything at them is totally free without coercion.

No money changes hands, and people show up voluntarily to share their goods, with the expectation of others sharing goods back with them. No need for taxes, regulation, or worthless but not useless fiat - only your good intentions to serve your community, and be served by your community.

The idea still blows my mind, people sharing freely what they have in abundance with other people sharing what they have in abundance, even for people without anything in abundance; they can perform services for free at these markets to take part in this community exchange.

The notion revolves around the philosophy of a "Gift Economy", where in theory, money does not enter the equation for the exchange of valuable goods and services voluntarily, these goods and services are shared within the community, which redistributes the wealth of that community more equal than any other economic system.

I know it sounds nuts, being a skeptic of voluntarism in a society best known for moral hazard, I had some doubts, but the more I researched into it, the more I realized it's a brilliant concept. It also serves as a great impetus to rebuild communities, focusing on people first, encompassing a true shared sacrifice mentality. Just imagine the elected officials such communities would vote for the possibilities are very promising.

It too would be interesting to see if this concept can spread and gain popularity, would love to see an entire city amass together for a RR Free Market - I wonder how long such a market could last before our government would swoop in to regulate it, or shut it down completely.

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