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Ernest Mann: I Was Robot

Ernest Mann: I Was Robot

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I Was Robot┬áis the best of Ernest Mann’s newspaper, Little Free Press. In 1969, at the age of 42, Mann cashed out and spent the rest of his life living the Priceless Economic System (PES). His secret? Accept no payment for your work.

Unlike other revolutionaries who redistributed other people’s wealth, Mann volunteered to go first. With the PES all products and services can be given away free of charge. And there will be no more war.

Lauded by poet Naomi Shihab Nye, described as ‘a sort of urban Thoreau’ and ‘the grandfather of the ‘zine movement,’ I Was Robot┬áidentified the 99% (by name!) decades ago. Out of print since 1990, with a new introduction by Trevor Blake.

May 2013: Review by Matt Forney.