I am writing this as explanation of my motives in this endeavor …
Normally an “afterword” is written by someone that isn’t the author, and it is generally reserved for works of fiction. This is not a work of fiction, but rather an expression of hope – a desire to live in a free world. Since I am technically the co-author of this document, I am writing this to provide some explanation – some sense of “where Dan is coming from”.
Firstly, you should know that I am a recent formal convert to anarchism – I’ve probably been an anarchist my whole life, but it wasn’t until about a year ago (2016) that I permanently gave up on “voting my way to freedom”.
Secondly, I am not doing this to save the world …
Don’t get me wrong, if I happen to help people, along the way, by forming this foundation with Jim – I’m glad, I like helping people, but it’s not why I’m doing this. I am doing this, working with Jim Davidson, for very personal and selfish reasons: I want to live in a community surrounded by people who share the same basic “live and let live” ethos in common. I want to live near people who will respect their neighbors, and yet be unafraid to open the door, to wander the community, to participate in voluntary, shared, cooperative activities.
I’ve lived in many places, under many conditions – I even lived in a “wall” once (grad school, trying to save money). I do not claim to know the “ideal place” for others – my ideal home is in the country, with a few acres, and neighbors “near by”, and not too close. Your ideal community might involve multi-family housing – and that, too, is feasible. Bottom line: I do not know the “perfect place for you”, I simply know what I want. I can propose that, in all likelihood, there are more people similar enough in interests, to yourself, that you ought to be able to build a community, but this is all hypothetical.
Where I begin in this quest for my ideal community is not in predetermining what is “ideal” for all people. No. I begin by asking, simply, as an anarchist, WHAT WE DON’T NEED!:
- We don’t need people being busy-bodies concerning their neighbors personal choices. What your neighbor decides to put in his/her body, as long as it doesn’t impact you? – that’s called “nun-ya” (meaning none of your business).
- We don’t need to spend money on “special people” with badges, and guns, and the authority to break down your door in the middle of night. Don’t need to spend money on that.
- Per above – we don’t need prison complexes, prison archipelagos … we don’t need prisons.
- We don’t need cameras monitoring our community – we might have cameras monitoring the boundaries of our communities, but that is a matter for each community to decide. What we DON’T NEED are cameras turned on each-other.
- We don’t need massive computer server farms to keep track of our neighbor’s internet activity, the kind of porn they watch, what products they tend to buy.
- We don’t need socialized medicine. We need healthcare, and practitioners, that care about patients – but we don’t need massive welfare handouts to insurance companies OR government institutions. We definitely DO NOT NEED the government to order any of us, to put ANYTHING, in our bodies.
- We don’t need a public-education infrastructure, which has the purported purpose of “education” – but the real purpose is indoctrination, propaganda, and control.
- We don’t need voting, or vote counters, or political parties and committees. We need intelligent people solving problems cooperatively, voluntarily and peacefully. Voting, whatever it might be, does not solve problems.
- Our resilient communities don’t need armies. We don’t need planes that can carry bombs to blow the hell out of people we do not know, and will likely never know (given how bombs work). We will need voluntary militia, for security, for defense, but this is not the same as an offensive military force. (huge cost savings)
- We don’t need universal basic income, or an-com cargo-cultists, or anyone selling the “post scarcity” bullshit. We need people who understand the basic idea that: there is NO free lunch. We need wise, decent, people who look out for their neighbors not out of fear, but out of actual concern. We need to take back our principles, morals, and our responsibility to make these moral decisions with respect to our friends and neighbors.
This list is far from complete, but I think you get the gist of what I’m saying. In deciding what you need for your community to be successful, resilient, it might be easier to begin, as people who believe in liberty and dignity, with those dumb, dangerous, dehumanizing and demented things that government does all the time and to REPUDIATE THEM.
This is WHY I’m doing this … not simply because of what I “want”, but also of what I “want to escape”. I want to create, to facilitate, the construction of human-scale communities and to foster a culture of respect, freedom, prosperity and peace.
“Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols