of a Sovereign Citizen
developed as part of Synsmaskin, artistic research project
|Cincinnati / Mutual Aid Society (Josiah Warren survival kit)|
interventions: Downtown Cincinnati / Utopia, Ohio
Labor and love, equitable commerce and mutualism, the project of cooperation and profit for everyone: what Josiah Warren described as the problems of labor and wealth, and the freedom of the individual in society. Here in Cincinnati, Warren would work out his theories of economy through the Cincinnati Time Store which, between 1827-30 provided a unique alternative model against the expanding system of industrial capitalism at the time. Mutualism and “cost for labor” led to other perspectives onto value and profit, contributing to what Warren would understand as the inherent cooperative potential of wealth: the sharing of the benefits found in labor and the resulting spirit of neighborly love.