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Thursday, May 3, 2012

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The American Who Quit Money To Live In A Cave

Daniel Suelo gave up on money in 2000. He walked into a phone booth, pulled out 30 dollars and left it. Twelve years later, Suelo still does not have a personal i.d. bank accounts, a modern home, does not take money, or live off of federal welfare. Suelo, lives in caves in the canyon lands outside of Moab, UT. Suelo, harvests wild foods, eats roadkill, and dumpster dives. Suelo, is not an isolationist, he still is very active in the Moab community SE Utah politics and he is an active blogger.

Daniel Suelo sits in the Utah mountains where he has lived for more than a decade without using money

 Daniel Suelo lives in the Utah wilderness, miles from the nearest town where he can enjoy plenty of solitude

A stove that Daniel uses to cook the roadkill he catches

The inside of his cave in the Utah desert with his minimal worldly possessions

Suelo (pictured) lived in a cave in Utah for several years after he gave up money

Suelo's few possessions have been reclaimed from what others are throwing away


  1. what an idiot.

  2. Is this the way Ben Laden started his "career"?
    Was Plautus right, twentyfive centuries ago, to say "Homo homini, lupus"?
    Are we, humans, behaving just like the beasts in a herd?

  3. This is fantastic. Money is the problem. This looks like one decent solution. Who needs the trappings of a consumer hell?

  4. It would be worth it just to get away from those obnoxious census takers.

  5. What does he do for female entertainment, jerk off while watching porno films?

  6. This is a bullshit video. Why do I say this? because this is a story about a guy who went to live in the desert to get away from money. So, what does his "friend" do? Writes a book about Suelo living off the land........and make money from the sale of the book. Pathetic, unbelievable and farcical. As well as hypocritical.

  7. I'm living the same lifestyle in a house on the edge of a wilderness, off the grid and out of sight.


    once you learn to live with out it or on very little of it ...............................................................................\


  8. When the Monetary/Economic collapse of our Country(US) begins later this year(2012) his cave will look mighty good to many people!

  9. Maybe he was looking at the situation like he was tired of being a "slave" to the system and was ready for a simple life where he has no deadlines and is free to do what he wants when he wants. If nothing else, he is a good example that a person can live without money. Myself, I would have a really hard time eating road kill.

  10. Thank you, Daniel -- you are very inspiring.

  11. A world without money is just not feasible as it leaves us with barter and trade which would likely result in more people living in his conditions. The current problems with money, is much of it is fiat money, simply iou's. I think he should argue for a currency based on a commodity ie. gold. He doesn't need to become a hobo to make a statement.

  12. i wish ALL the stupid hipsters would give up on money, go live in caves, and leave those of us who actually want to work, and responsibly give back to this great country, alone to do so without their damn whining and Socialist BS. you don't like "money"? - fine, no one is forcing you to earn it OR WORSE, to take mine.

  13. it sais he is an active blogger...
    How does he do that without money? You need at least a pc and an internet connection.

  14. leave your money everyone. This is my account number, you can leave it there: 6456783485445320


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