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Alternative Economies, Underground Communities: A First Hand Account of Barter Fairs, Food Co-ops, Community Clinics, Social Protests and Underground Cultures in the Pacific Northwest & CA 1978-2012Kindle Edition
Kirsten Anderberg is a journalist/historian/activist/designer/educator/performer/artist based in Ventura, CA. She earned her M.A. in History and Archiving from the CA State University at Northridge in 2010, and has her B.A. degree in Political Science and Women's Studies from the University of WA in Seattle. Her historical focus has been on the institutional history of America, especially child protection institutions and mental asylums, as well as Southern CA and women's history. Ms. Anderberg is the recipient of numerous historical awards and fellowships, including a grant from the prestigious Historical Society of Southern CA. Her journalism addressing the histories of MacLaren Hall in Los Angeles and Camarillo State Mental Hospital in Camarillo has been groundbreaking.
The bulk of Ms. Anderberg's journalism has been focused upon civil rights, feminism, poverty, politics, performing, history and health. Anderberg commonly writes about natural health, such as kitchen cosmetics, natural beauty recipes, and medicinal herbs, with much of that knowledge coming from her early exposure to the legendary Source Family. Anderberg has been a paid vaudevillian performer for 30 years, and her music has been used by activist Ann Simonton, among others. She has published more articles in first person by a woman street performer than ever published prior in history. Her historical work regarding street performance and busking is filling a gap too long neglected. Anderberg has also published many important articles on the topics of poverty, homelessness, feminism and political protest.
Kirsten Anderberg was borne in Saugus, CA, at the Wild West edge of Los Angeles County, in 1960. As a child, box turtles still walked the streets and remnants of the rancho era of CA still ruled the imaginations of children and adults alike. As a teen, she lived in the San Fernando Valley in Senator Carrell's historic adobe retirement home on Odyssey Hill, and also was a homeless teen on the streets of Seattle, where she became a street performer. Her performing career includes a 12 piece Motown band, a swing band, an original a cappella trio, and solo vaudevillian gigs. Anderberg became a journalist in 2003 during the anti-Iraq war protests in Seattle, when she felt the mainstream media was not covering the actual events in the street. She became an independent journalist thereafter and has published articles in hundreds of magazines, books, newspapers and websites. Anderberg has been published by Utne, ZNet, HipMama, Adbusters, Alternet, Mexico Magazine, Complete Mothering Magazine, Gale Publishing, the Indypendent, Susun Weed, and more. She is a strong proponent of self-publishing and independent media. You can view her literary resume online at http://users.resist.ca/~kirstena/pagejxpress.html.
I was hoping for insights on how to find or establish alternative economic systems, but the book is mostly about the author's hippy lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest. I was struck on a number of occasions with the author noting something was "free". Sorry, nothing is free. If you used someone's property for a weeklong "alternative festival" without charge, you used the property owner - who pays taxes, etc. What value did you return to the owner? Trade/barter/swap value for value - cool. Use/consume without anything in return - not so cool. Sadly, this seems to be at the heart of her book.