Really Really Free Market

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Really Really Free Market organized by Autonomous Athens in Athens, GA on Mayday 2007.

The Really, Really Free Market (RRFM) movement is a horizontally organized collective of individuals who form a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy.[1] RRFM events are often hosted by people unaffiliated with any large organization[2] and are encouraged to sprout up by anyone, at anytime, anywhere.[3] The RRFM movement aims to counteract capitalism in a proactive way by creating a positive example to challenge the myths of scarcity and competition.[4] The name Really Really Free Market is itself a play on words: it is a reinterpretation and re-envisioning of the term Free Market which generally refers to an economy of consumerism governed by supply and demand. The RRFM holds as a major goal to build a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all. Markets often vary in character, but they generally offer both goods and services. Participants bring unneeded items and food,[5][6] as well as skills and talents such as entertainment,[7] massage,[8][9] arts and crafts,[10] language lessons,[11] plants,[12][13] haircuts,[14] yoga,[15] and more.[16] A RRFM usually takes place in an open community space such as a public park or community commons.

Origins and spread[edit]

Items laid out on a tarp at the Really Really Free Market at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.

The first known Really, Really Free Market took place in at a Food Not Bombs meal in Christchurch, New Zealand as a protest to a meeting on free trade. The Really Really Free Markets started to spread around Asia. Jakarta Food Not Bombs organized a Really Really Free Market on Buy Nothing Day. The first Really Really Free Market in the United States happened simultaneously in Miami, Florida, and Raleigh, North Carolina during the anti-globalization protests against the FTAA in 2003. The idea of a "Really, Really Free Market" emerged from a visioning ritual by members of the Pagan Cluster in Austin in preparation of the FTAA Summit in Miami, November 2003. Members of the Green Bloc picked up the idea and made it real. Participants from the SouthEast Anarchist Network (SeaNET)[17] held demonstrations using the Really, Really Free Market to protest the G8 summit in 2004.[18] The idea quickly spread across the United States, Russia, and other countries such as Australia, England, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Africa, and Canada.[19]

In the United States[edit]

The movement has taken root in dozens of cities in the United States, with some holding one-time events, annual, bi-monthly, and even monthly markets. Cities include San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; Tallahassee, FL; Athens, GA; Bloomington, IL;[20] Rockford, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Des Moines, IA;[21] Louisville, KY; Detroit, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Kansas City, MO[22]; Reno, NV; Albuquerque, NM;[23] Belfast, NY; New York, NY;[24] Carrboro, NC;[25] Charlotte, NC; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, NC; Raleigh, NC; Washington, NC; Wilmington, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Dayton, OH; Yellow Springs, OH; Cottage Grove, OR; Lancaster, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Kingsport, TN; Austin, TX; Richmond, VA; Shepherdstown, WV;[26] and Milwaukee, WI.

In San Francisco, CA, USA[edit]

The San Francisco Really Really Free Market was started sometime around 2004.[27] The SF RRFM was was spearheaded by local activist Kirsten Brydum until her tragic passing in 2008.[28][29] From around 2007 until 2010 the SF RRFM was hosted on the last Saturday of every month in Mission Dolores Park.[30][31] During this time, the SF RRFM was an especially popular event that received decent local media exposure.[32][33][34][35][36][37][38] Since then it has sprouted up organically in Union Square, among other places.[39] During 2007-2010 local organizers would distribute "seed packets:" a CD that served as digital collection of flyers, announcements, musings, pictures, and essays. This was part of the ongiong effort to encourage others to start their own RRFM. These seed packets are now compiled for download online.[40]

In Singapore[edit]

The Singapore Really Really Free Market began around January of 2009[41] and continues going strong in 2017.[42][43][44]

In Russia[edit]

Roll-up at the Absolutely Free Fair in Ivanovo, Russia on 4 August 2012.

The first Russian Really Really Free Market was organized in Moscow in 2008. The original name of RRFM was changed to "Freemarket" or "Absolutely Free Fair". Since that time the idea of RRFM has spread widely across the Russian Federation. Recently participants of the movement arrange regular meetings in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Ivanovo, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Belgorod, Kirov, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Yaroslavl, Vologda, Volgograd, Tolyatti, Volzhsky, Petrozavodsk.

Due to the often harsh Russian climate the RRFMs usually take place indoors, but summer time meetings often occur in public parks, yards of apartment houses or city squares. In Ivanovo, for instance, the very first free fair was held in Yesenin Square on 19 June 2011, but as winter set in, the RRFM meetings were moved to the reference room of the Regional Public library.[45]

RRFMs in Russia are often accompanied by master classes in handiwork (mehendi, hair dressing, making stencils for textile printing, etc.), lectures on social and ecological problems and the collection of secondary raw materials and charity fundraising in aid animal shelters.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CrimethInc. "The Really Really Free Market: Instituting the Gift Economy". Rolling Thunder (4). Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  2. ^ https://www.facebook.com/events/419493584847164/
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20111007180748/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/index.php?l=startrrfm
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110703054446/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/index.php
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110703060708/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/albums/54sized.jpg
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110703060401/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/albums/153sized.jpg
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110703060231/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/albums/135sized.jpg
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110703101243/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/albums/138sized.jpg
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110703061242/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/albums/163sized.jpg
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110703061225/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/albums/165sized.jpg
  11. ^ https://media1.fdncms.com/sfweekly/imager/u/slideshow/2783913/4608314.0.jpg
  12. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110703061153/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/albums/164sized.jpg
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110703061236/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/albums/166sized.jpg
  14. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110703060020/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/albums/8sized.jpg
  15. ^ http://www.post-museum.org/srrfm/photos.html
  16. ^ https://archives.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/really-really-free-market-dolores-park/Slideshow/2695578
  17. ^ "SouthEast Anarchist Network". 
  18. ^ Simpich, Bill (June 7, 2004). "Really REALLY Free Market Report". San Francisco Bay Area Indymedia. 
  19. ^ Other RRFMs, The Really Really Free Market. Retrieved 2011.08.23
  20. ^ url=https://www.facebook.com/bnreallyreallyfree/?fref=ts"
  21. ^ "Des Moines RRFM'". 
  22. ^ "KC Really Really Free Market". KC Really Really Free Market. Retrieved 2017-06-27. 
  23. ^ "Albuquerque RRFM'". 
  24. ^ Moynihan, Colin (January 28, 2009). "East Village Market Where Everything Is Free Faces an Uncertain Future". New York Times. 
  25. ^ "Carrboro's 'Really, Really Free Market'". 
  26. ^ Fisher,Megan (May 01 2011)."http://www.journal-news.net"Shepherd Students Host Free Market"
  27. ^ https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2004/08/25/45213.php
  28. ^ http://kirstenbrydum.virtualmemorials.com/main.php?action=view&mem_id=14816&page_no=1
  29. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/S-F-activist-slain-in-New-Orleans-robbery-3192134.php
  30. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110703061202/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/pics.php?start=60
  31. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110703054446/http://www.reallyreallyfree.org/index.php
  32. ^ http://kalw.org/post/sharing-economy-visit-really-really-free-market
  33. ^ https://archives.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/really-really-free-market-dolores-park/Slideshow/2695578
  34. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ5Jr2bYS4I
  35. ^ https://missionlocal.org/2008/10/a-really-really-special-memorial/
  36. ^ http://brokeassstuart.com/sf/tag/really-really-free-market/
  37. ^ https://www.fleamarketinsiders.com/san-francisco-bay-area-flea-markets/9/
  38. ^ http://sf.funcheap.com/free-market-dolores-park-3/
  39. ^ https://www.facebook.com/events/419493584847164/
  40. ^ https://revolutionaryphilo.wixsite.com/rrfm
  41. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pg/srrfm/about/?ref=page_internal
  42. ^ https://www.facebook.com/srrfm
  43. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL2JOTi5KkQ
  44. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS5eufYn3Gs
  45. ^ [1], The Free Market in Ivanovo

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