By 'economics' I don't mean specific theoretical systems like capitalism or socialism, but economics as a whole field of study.
By 'anarchy' I'm referring to your anarchy, your sense of anarchy, your desires at this time, which may or may not include a specific form of anarch-ism. If economics is useful to you, how so? What makes economics relevant? If not, why not? If it only does sometimes, when and where?
yes, without a doubt.
deconstructing the current "system" appeals to me a lot. and then finding ways to live fundamentally different from that...because i see the monetary system as the most pervasive and deadening and controlling abstraction in my life, the lives of almost everyone i know, and from what i can tell, in the lives of people across the planet.
charles eisenstein's free book, http://sacred-economics.com/read-online/, has really helped me to more deeply explore the concept of economics, and to conceive of ways in my own life to move away from the money system as most of us know it today (as a disassociating process based on fear, enforced by hierarchical institutions) - toward the idea of the gift - giving and receiving freely, connecting with people and place and food and animals more directly, without requiring exchange value, accumulation, and continual expansion.
no, definitely not. ( :) )
to the extent that economics is a word/concept that has become too associated with our current system--so associated, in fact, that people measure relationships in economic terms ("i get this much from so-and-so, so i'm willing to do this much for them").
even talking about gift economies does a disservice to the cultures being discussed, i think.
and people consider any exchange of goods/services to be measurable in economic terms...
all this seems to me to be a flattening of conversation, relationship, and potential.
(on the other hand, i do have a spot in my heart for people who want to speak in practical terms, to be concrete, and specific, about how we deal in the world... part of why i'm so fond of the book species being, which is quite marxist in places.)
Many of us have come to this place from varied starting places. Corporate media and edu-tainment videos don't feature anarachists as prominent heroes;To get to this place, you need to push through the bullshit barriers that the 'real world' throws up between you, the thorn-bushes of 'normality', and the world your better self wants to see.
Two decades ago, i flung myself into the bushes, fueled by punk rock and corporate-slave indignation; after two decades of thrashing through thornbush, i'm no closer to absolution - but the passage has stripped away tons of intellectual baggage i would have once considered essential to my existence, and found me in a place i did'na even know existed.And if i'm not dead and feeding the trees in ten years from now, then i'll be somewhere else, and someone else, and somewhen else...
The blood you leave on the thorns, it leaves blooms on the vines.