There is a lot of interest being expressed in anarchy these days; anarchy being a state of society without government or law. Certainly this interest is understandable given the conditions many people find themselves living in due to the policy actions of their present national governing systems. It is also of interest that many of these people proclaiming themselves Anarchists have formed their own communities. By forming a community, these Anarchists have, likely without conscious effort, created a set of rules (aka laws) that determines acceptable norms, values, and customs within their community. In essence, they have formed a governing system.
While it is possible for an individual to live an isolated lifestyle, it is unusual for that to be the preferred living condition. People tend to naturally gravitate toward interaction and cooperation with one another. It makes sense; after all the old adage of, “there is safety and strength in numbers” is a valid one. If we consider that Anarchists actually do want to be part of a community, then it may be more accurate to define their ideology as one that does not want to be governed by a system whose rules are dictated by a group of people that do not share their values. Community, by definition, is a social unit with commonality such as norms, religion, values, customs, or identity. It is when we form ‘communities’ simply based on geography that we create a condition ripe for discord. And yet that is exactly the core basis that most governing systems are built upon.
Why is this? Why force a population to function under a system of values, which translate into laws, which do not reflect a commonality within the populace? There are a number of reasons that could be stated; we’ll focus on a core one. That reason is access to life supporting and enhancing natural resources and a labor supply to produce necessary and desired products from those resources. Often those natural resources and labor are disproportionately beneficial to those individuals that have been elevated in the community to a power position either by community voluntary or involuntary consent. This scenario has been repeated time after time throughout human history.
It is said that if you desire a different outcome, you need to do things differently. Perhaps the time has come or will come soon for people to form their communities based on commonalities other than land and then, because access to land is necessary for the production of life’s necessities, settle those communities on a contiguous area of land.
The state of civilization at this point in time is in flux. There is widespread economic, political, and social unrest and upheaval. This has been caused by a large group of people with disparate values existing under a set of imposed blanket rules, a scarcity of life’s necessary resources experienced by too great a portion of the populace and the desire, spawned by greed and fear of loss, by the small portion of the populace that has an overabundance of life’s necessary resources. This situation is volatile and will result in a period of chaos. During the course of that chaos, it is likely that systems will fail. Services currently provided by governments, such as supply chains that distribute food, water, medicine, and other basic necessities will be interrupted. For brief interruptions, people of distinctly differing ideologies will pull together for the sake of survival. For longer term interruptions, people will seek out common ideologies to form their support system (community).
It would save a lot of valuable time and emotional distress if a network of like-minded people living in a geographical area within near proximity to one another formed a community prior to the failure of systems. Or, barring that occurring at least had a governing system template that they could modify to meet their unique ideology and implement in an expedient time frame. Having an agreed upon governing system reduces uncertainty and promotes cohesive cooperation. Having a sound governing system (one where the gears all work together to produce the desired outcomes) promotes peaceful coexistence.
We will introduce a template for a sound governing system that is small community centered and self-ownership biased. This template will be of the ‘kitchen sink’ variety as it is generally more expedient to revise something than it is to create something. This template will be in the form of a Constitution.