and official narratives in short, terse pithy aphorisms!
and official narratives in short, terse pithy aphorisms!
Hi, in this post by HightImpactFlix I offered up a *comment which I’ll paste below offering up a scenario which I think could be a model for a new society.
Before we get into it, though, I’ll post a link here which lists ten historical anarchist communities.
First, my general thoughts on anarchists. They seem to want their own planet to live on by themselves which would be fine if such planets existed; until such a time, anarchists, I’m afraid, are stuck with this one which has a lot of people on it. I believe, as audacious as it sounds, that anarchists will inevitably have to live in a community! It seems, though, at this present juncture in history, that most people espousing anarchy have no such desire. They seem to be either lone-wolf hippies giving up on the system and going to find some hole to hide in within present totalitarian nation-states (I don’t really mean that as mean as it sounds) but it’s more than less true, IMO. A Tiny House parked somewhere is cool and all for any given person but I hardly see it as a model for a community. Then there are the suit type business entrepreneurs who seem not to want their ventures subject to any rules, regulations, authorities, or taxes. I’m not necessarily knocking this but I hardly see such thinking as a template for a community.
I’m reluctant to put this in here but I think we must as it’s all too likely. The government today has become about lining its own pockets; that is to say, the political system is now run by those who use public money to line their own pockets–that IS the political system today–near every policy is aimed towards enriching government agents and their affiliates while promoting austerity for the masses as far as where public money is spent. It would be all too consistent, then, that there would be many hired government agents posing and acting as anarchists espousing that people do not ask the government for a cent because the government wants every cent for themselves!!! Typical…
So my challenge in this post would be to see if I can get anyone to envision what an anarchist community of 150 people would look like. The first premise is that there would be no force used to get anyone to live in this community–it would be voluntary. Again, I’ll link my vision below as an example. Here are some general thoughts on this community: it can be premised on private property notions (mine is) or not, but please argue for why your community is better depending on which model you use. Please factor in these issues: human criminal pathology (2% of the population), uneven distribution of skills and talent and production (Pareto’s Law), human infirmity such as mental illness, physical disability, old age, etc. Please feel free to factor in any other important issues that I’ve missed–should it be an armed community or disarmed? And such…Oh, yes, what should be the means of exchange? Should one person control and charge the other 149 people interest to use it or should the means of exchange to divided equally to all at creation without debt?
Here was my post outlining a model for a new model of community; again, the first premise is that it’s voluntary:
*I agree with the premise but here are the difficulties: as soon as there are more than 3-people in a community there are going to have to be rules as humans, in general, disagree about pretty much everything and anything.
Let’s work some numbers in a community of 150 with the fact that every community above 150 will become more and more complex ( we’ll leave that issue aside for now).
Within the 150 it is estimated that around 3 of them will be prone to sociopathy and psychopathic behavior and these 3 will do everything possible to manipulate any agreements in their favor. Then we need to factor in that we are not created equally and a small number of people will be more productive than others and will generate more wealth. Some will be weak and infirm and some will hardly be able to produce at all–perhaps because they are mentally ill.
As far as I can tell the only way this community will survive and prosper is if everyone’s basic needs of food and housing are met. It should be agreed by the faculties of common sense that each person only needs one home and that each person could be taught to grow their own food on their one piece of private property. All education would be geared towards becoming self-sustaining with one’s food supply and education would teach the fundamental economics of trading goods and services within the group at a very young age while at the same time instilling ethical constructs within the trading blocks. All people’s basic needs being met combined with an education system focused on achieving one’s highest potential within an ethos of attaining mastery within in any given field of interest as long as that interest doesn’t interfere with the rights of others ( mastery of theft and murder wouldn’t be tolerated).
This might be a very healthy community with everyone’s shelter needs being met, along with food and a new education model, which only leaves the basic need of healthcare which would be quite minimal in such a community. I call these the 4-pillars of a Global Commons civilization.
All 150 people would have the potential to create and become the best they could be. There would still be problems but this community would be far better equipped to handle them compared to the ones run by psychos who have rigged every system to their benefit who unnecessarily exploit and coerce with force every other member, not in their chosen clique!