Umsonstflohmarkt (Free Market)
It has become more and more common to see flea markets than function without money. People can bring stuff and take what they need without direct exchange, based on contributions and needs. This is in line with one of Karl Marx’s more famous quotes: ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!’ from his 1875 Critique of the Gotha Program. The principle allows free access to goods, capital and services, made possible by their abundance available in a communist society (or also, in a capitalist society, where we only have artificial scarcity created by prices and private property – the abundance of overproduced products is rather obvious). I am not sure yet about the language of these free markets, often called swap markets, as both relate to the language we are used to in our neoliberal economy. Nothing is free, everything comes at a cost, no? How can we develop and embody a language that is emancipatory of these habits?