(On the origin of markets)
"More than anything else, the endless recitation of the myth of barter, employed much like an incantation, is the economists’ way of fending off any possibility of having to confront it. But even a moment’s reflection makes it obvious. Who was the first man to look at a house full of objects and to immediately assess them only in terms of what he could trade them in for in the market likely to have been? Surely, he can only have been a thief. Burglars, marauding soldiers, then perhaps debt collectors, were the first to see the world this way. It was only in the hands of soldiers, fresh from looting towns and cities, that chunks of gold or silver—melted down, in most cases, from some heirloom treasure, that like the Kashmiri gods, or Aztec breastplates, or Babylonian women’s ankle bracelets, was both a work of art and a little compendium of history—could become simple, uniform bits of currency, with no history, valuable precisely for their lack of history, because they could be accepted anywhere, no questions asked."

Excerpt from Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber (page 527)

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If you crowdfund your art/music/etc and you work in a niche that isn't very popular, or where each new work has a long lead-time, or both:

What works well for you? Why?

What doesn't work so well? Why?

What's one thing you could improve? What do you need for that to happen?

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@solarbear I hope it goes well and gives you useful information.

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