The BIG (Basic Income Guarantee) Polytheist Patreon Creator Pledge Network!
I’ve been a supporter of unconditional basic income since the mid-1990s when I started whywork.org, the predecessor project to Rethinking the Job Culture, and I am delighted to see basic income finally gaining ground in recent years. As part of my commitment to advancing the movement for basic income – in polytheist communities and in the world at large – I am announcing a new network. It’s inspired by the wonderful BIG Patreon Creator Pledge, which is the creation of writer and basic income activist Scott Santens. He writes:
“Taking a page from the Creative Commons concept of Share Alike, any and every patron dollar pledged above $1,000 per month I will consider to be greater than a basic income and will pledge away to other Creators here on Patreon also creating content in support of their own basic incomes by making the same pledge to limit their own final goals to $1,000/mo (plus $300/mo per kid for Creator parents) and pledging to give the rest to others making the same pledge. My goal here is to create a community of content creators all working toward their own basic incomes with the same shared goal of achieving basic incomes for others.”
One of the paradoxes of having a religious calling to monastic hermitage, especially as a member of a minority religious group, is that it takes robust and thriving community relationships – human and non-human – to support it. I’m excited about the possibilities of Patreon to help build support networks that extend far beyond the Hermitage, and foster stronger community relationships among creators of many stripes. I love Patreon! Before it existed, there was no such thing as distributed online patronage for the arts via direct connections with supporters. (If there had been, I daresay my writing career might have taken an entirely different trajectory.)
Among the goals of the Loosely Affiliated Network of Monastically Inclined Polytheist Pagans (LANMIPP) is mutual aid:
“To encourage and facilitate the formation of monastic support networks (both online and offline) to help LANMIPP affiliates better meet their practical daily needs, especially in difficult times.”
My hope is that Patreon – the only crowdfunding platform that allows for gift patronage – can serve as a springboard to building mutual aid networks that can play a vital role in sustaining polytheist monastic communities over the long term. As more polytheists receive patronage for their creative and service work, more of us will be freed up to devote more time to what we do best – and to spread the wealth around to one another, which ultimately enriches us all.
I also see Patreon as a boon for many women, people of color, disabled, neurodivergent, and queer folks, as it can enable them to receive direct financial support from their communities for the service work and even some of the emotional labor and community-building work they do. For some creators, it may offer a viable path away from conventional jobs and toward a sustainable creative life. That’s very much aligned with the mission of the Hermitage (“creating space for leisure and sacred endarkenment”) and one of my hopes for polytheist monastic life: to help reduce the burden of the countless forms of unpaid labor that are disproportionately borne by women and oppressed communities.
One day I hope we’ll all have an unconditional basic income, whatever our religious affiliations (or lack thereof) may be. In the meantime, I want to help polytheists and animists – especially women and marginalized folks – receive financial support for their work, so that the value of their work will become increasingly visible, and polytheist networks will in turn become more resilient.
Therefore, in solidarity with Scott and everyone else who supports unconditional basic income, I hereby pledge to consider any Patreon support I receive above US $1000 per month to be greater than a basic income. Every dollar above that amount will be pledged away to other polytheists on Patreon who make the same commitment to limit their final patronage goal in support of a basic income for all.
Since I have two separate Patreon pages, in my case this pledge will apply to the combined total – i.e., as soon as my total income from both Patreon campaigns reaches US $1000, I will have a crowdfunded basic income, and any pledges I receive over that amount will be redirected to others.
Over the long term, I hope this Patreon network will grow, and will help create more options for creative freedom, leisure, sacred space, and monastic life for polytheists – in ways that can accommodate all budgets, including low-income (historically looted) people who might not otherwise have access to these opportunities.
So by supporting one or more of us on Patreon via this network, patrons are helping to:
- free up time for us to do our creative and service work;
- support others in the larger polytheist community; and
- advance the movement for basic income – on Patreon, and in the world at large.
Sounds like a win-win situation all around!
To take the pledge and have a link to your Patreon page added to the network, please contact me via the form on this site, or e-mail me at:
shrine.of.skadi AT gmail dot com
Folks who have taken the pledge as of February 2017:
1. Danica Swanson – creating sacred endarkenment and polytheist monasticism
2. Syren Nagakyrie – creating writing and community building
3. Silence Maestas – creating books, lessons, and resources for polytheist pagan communities
This is done completely on the honor system; there are no theological checks. (Bigotry of all types, however, is unwelcome.) If you say you’re a polytheist and/or animist, and you’re willing to pledge every patron dollar you receive over US $1000 (plus $300 per child for creators who are parents) to support other polytheists, that’s good enough.
The Anglo-Saxon rune poem states:
Wealth is a consolation to all men
Yet much of it must each man give away
If glory he desire
To gain before his god.
May the BIG Polytheist Patreon Creator Pledge Network thrive, that we may better honor the gods and spirits, strengthen our communities, and build resilience!