Tear Down This (Money)Wall? / by Bryce Hidysmith

( Soundtrack: Samy Deluxe - Weck Micht Auf, which I discovered by googling graffiti from a third story wall in Kreuzberg. ) 

In Berlin tonight, Z. A, a neurologist and great kubernetes of community housing, mentioned that she once made large pinboards of money—a few hundred dollars on each—and hung them from a wall in one of the community houses that she worked on back when I knew her in California. I think this might be a kind of excellent design for a rather specific piece of sensory infrastructure. It seems as though any given cohabitant community could use this kind of a structure for the distribution of some amount of petty cash if people are in need of expedient monetary resources. Whatever the amount that would be irrelevant to be consumed by the community could be put out in this fashion, used to pay the parking meters, tip the deliverypersons, purchase additional coffee or better quality spices, or—much more importantly—to buy necessities for those that need them instead of the irrelevant sundries that the more moneyed members would dispose their income on.  

At smaller scales of behavior, this quantity of resources is referred to "spare change," but when one lives not as an individual but in a conurbation, such as a monastery, art collective, or community house, this quantity of resources is likely an order of magnitude or two larger—a hundred dollars instead of ten, enough to potentially make a great deal of difference in an individual's daily life if substantial fractions of it could be taken freely. This serves the initial purpose of simply making the residents of the community's life easier, but also serves a couple of sousveilant purposes as well. The rate that it is consumed can be interpreted, with fast types showing a general case of financial insecurity or greed. Perhaps one could mitigate it by simply asking individuals to write their usage of the currency and sign their name beside, to be judged by the jury of their cohabitants. 

Yet, this increase in dimensionality of data would decrease the fact that the main use of the currency would be monitoring the way that individuals behave when there is free currency that can be taken from a commons under without anyone knowing, insofar as such a thing *can* be documented at all.  Thus, the main purpose that a Moneywall would in fact serve is to see if the whole of it ends up being stolen in a short timespan—likely a single day but one could envision arrangements where there is a different unit of time would be used. One might create a general punishment to the community if this happens, perhaps by the decimation of the community by eviction. This might also be done by percentage. One could specify that, if more than a certain percentage is taken within a day, then that percentage of the population is randomly evicted. I would suggest perhaps 40% for maximum effectiveness, but this is conjecture without a clear analysis as to why. To take the entire Moneywall (or the specified percentage of that model is used) would signify a will to directly defect on the commons, and if indeed the strength of the monastery is the monk and the strength of the monk is the monastery, such an action even by a single individual would cast doubt on the entire community. If one is to fight in phalanxes to regularly defeat barbarism, then one must remember that the phalanx is only as strong as its weakest point, and that every man must shield his neighbor and forgo individualistic defense to build a proper shield wall. If I am to totally belabor the metaphor, then the free flow of capital must have no discontinuous obstructions to gain maximum benefit.