The Use of Money to Maintain Connection (and Toilet Paper)

Bill Maurer, dean of social sciences and professor of anthropology; criminology, law and society; and law at the University of California, Irvine writes, “When I received an email containing one of the first Covid-19 payment memes—“How do you wish to pay?”, with an image of Visa, MasterCard, and a roll of toilet paper—I thought, OK, there might be some interesting payment and money things I should pay attention to during this pandemic. … It is important in the coming months to imagine what new economies we might build from this ethics, what new livelihoods emerge that we can nurture so that we can inhabit lifeways for the future we want to build.”