I’m Magnus Kelstrup. I can trace my interest in the politics and philosophy of money and finance to just before David Graeber’s Debt book came out. I remember I thought "damn, that’s the book I wanted to write!" I did a bachelor in Business Administration and Phiosophy at the Copenhagen Business School which was a weird experience for me. I identify as an anarchist (of the communist variety) and I have a strong allergy to everything that has to do with “the establishment” - I’m trying really hard to get over that though. Real punk is done in suits. In the political circles I engange here in Copenhagen there is a very strong counter cultural element (black clothes everyday, punk music,veganism) and a political focus on antifa struggles. I’m getting tired of fighting the nazis and the cops who protect them and I’m looking for more strategic approaches to politics than simply protesting and reacting.
Right now I’m studying a short programme in Computer Science and then my plan is to get as much welfare as I can out of the Danish state and build a living collective to support ourselves and avoid the job market. It would be interesting for me to run my own miniature-Parasite for this collective perhaps. And possibly also other kinds of financial structures on a local/regional level such as saving pools, insurance and mutual credit (as in Robin Hood 2.0 I think?).
My wish for Robin Hood is to build actual power from the bottom up. I’ll be honest and say that I want our money and actions to go in the most revolutionary direction possible and I think we should be constantly self-critical about our integration into the heart of capitalism.
Lastly I just want to stress that I’m by no means at all an expert in finance or money matters, I’m merely on the amateur level. But I do have a strong case of what Keynes diagnosed as “Babylonian Madness”, an obsessions with the roots of money. This obsession might pass in a few years, and then I’ll maybe work on urban issues, anarchist strategies, permaculture, digital self defense or something else entirely.
Oh yeah, how did I hear of Robin Hood? Not sure, I know I read about it in Bret Scott’s “Hacking The Future Of Money”, and I also discussed it in a Master class I attended (unofficially) at the business school with Ole Bjerg (author of “Making Money” and central to the danish Positive Money campaign).
I’m on twitter too: @para_paramoney