In an essay posted earlier this week at Huffington Post, Sundeen introduces the subject of his upcoming book, titled The Man Who Quit Money. In 2000, Daniel Suelo left his last $30 in a phone booth and walked away. Since then, he's lived without money, debt or welfare. Sundeen writes, "during this season's uprising his choices may seem prophetic."
Sundeen and Suelo note that it's "too radical" to assume everyone will follow Suelo's extreme example. But there's still a lesson to be learned here.
Perhaps what binds Suelo and Occupy Wall Street most closely is a belief that resistance must transcend specific policy demands. "It's not a fight against anything," Suelo wrote about Occupy in his blog. "It's a simple refusal to cooperate with what we know to be deceptive and destructive. We must get out of victim mentality and realize the power is in our hands to be free, not in the hands of the banks and corporations."