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Colin R. Turner

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Colin R. Turner is an Irish author and social activist. He is the founder of the The Free World Charter, and author of two books based on proposals for a moneyless open access economy.

Colin R. Turner
Colin R. Turner
BornColin Richard Turner
(1968-07-10) 10 July 1968 (age 50)
Dublin, Ireland
OccupationAuthor, activist
NationalityIrish
Website
colinrturner.com

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BiographyEdit

Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968, Turner spent his early years immersed in playing and learning music, with little interest in school. Failing to find commercial success with various musical ventures in his early adult years, Turner began to question the very notion of 'earning a living' and the methods of reward in society.[1]

In 2013, Turner embarked on a round-the-world travel attempt without using money.[2][3][4][5] He has appeared as a regular guest on RTV Marbella's Marbella Now TV and Mi Marbella programmes between 2016 and 2017.[6]

The Free World CharterEdit

Written in 2011, Turner's Free World Charter is an online petition document comprising ten principles that Turner claims will 'optimise life on Earth for all species', and which self-describes as the 'minimum requirements for survival and progress'.[2]

The Charter principles range from placing life and the 'combined common good' as humanity's highest concern, to ensuring free access to basic living requirements for all.[7]

Open access economyEdit

Turner proposes what he calls an 'open access economy', founded on the basic principles of sharing and shifting individual purpose from self-interest to group interest.[8]:25 He defines the open economy as: "the application of an open, distributed model to a traditionally closed-loop economic system. In other words, rather than every individual seeking only to benefit themselves, a common understanding exists that enables everyone to benefit everyone, including themselves."[8]:23

BibliographyEdit

F-Day: The Second Dawn of Man (2016)[9] is a Political drama in which the main character Karl Drayton initiates a hypothetical countdown to a moneyless society.[10]

Into The Open Economy (2016)[11] sets out proposals for an 'open access economy' without money, trade or governance.[12]

Turner goes on to detail the inherent limitations of trade and governance, where he claims trade and exclusive ownership always lead to wealth concentration,[8]:12 and the rise in technological unemployment must inevitably negate the market system through the collapse of the labour market.[13]

CriticismEdit

The Free World Charter has been covered by alternative media websites such as ShoutOutUK,[14] and Collective Evolution.[15][16] Mark Boyle (Moneyless Man) described Turner's work on the chapter to be "... of great importance".[2] The reviewer in ShoutOutUK thought that redistribution of wealth would be better than Turner's abolition of the monetary system.[17]

Freeworlder consider Turner's 'open sharing economy' to be similar to a Resource Based Economy such as that proposed by The Venus Project and The Zeitgeist Movement, but differs in that it proposes reaching a post-scarcity economy through acts of sharing, and not necessarily through technology.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About Colin R. Turner". Colin R. Turner. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  2. ^ a b c "Colin Turner attempts to travel around the world without money". BBC News. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  3. ^ AFP. "Walking around the world, money-less". Emirates 24|7. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ "'Moneyless Man' attempts to walk round the world".
  5. ^ "Dar vueltas por el mundo sin que te den las vueltas: Una pareja irlandesa viaja sin dinero – RT".
  6. ^ "Objective UNMN2017 on #MiMarbella – Marbella Now". Marbella Now. 12 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  7. ^ "The Free World Charter".
  8. ^ a b c d Turner, Colin R. (2016). Into the Open Economy. Ireland: Applied Image. ISBN 9780956064042.[non-primary source needed]
  9. ^ Applied Image, 2016, ISBN 978-0956064028
  10. ^ "Colin Turner's 'F-Day: The Second Dawn of Man' – Question the power of money". 3 October 2016.
  11. ^ Applied Image, 2016, ISBN 978-0956064042
  12. ^ "The Open Economy". Freeworlder.com. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  13. ^ Turner 2016, p. 13.
  14. ^ http://www.shoutoutuk.org/tag/free-world-charter/
  15. ^ "10 Shocking Facts About Society That We Absurdly Accept As Normal". Collective Evolution. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  16. ^ https://www.shoutoutuk.org/2015/07/01/free-world-awaits-50000-signatories-join-campaign-will/
  17. ^ https://www.shoutoutuk.org/2016/10/03/can-we-live-without-money-a-review-of-colin-turners-f-day-the-second-dawn-of-man/
  18. ^ Turner, Colin R. "Freeworlder". Freeworlder.com. Retrieved 20 October 2016.