“If we do not all hang together, we shall most certainly each be hanged separately.”
~ Ben Franklin
Many networks of communities already exist. There are social media platforms that encourage individuals, groups, and companies to create identities and “profiles,” fill them with facts and features, add information in text, images, video, and interact with others. We anticipate creating a highly resilient, private, and censorship-resistant social media platform, and do so with open source tools so that others may follow suit, involving themselves in our social media platform or creating their own.
We intend for our networks to bring together many different communities all over the world and eventually all around the Solar system, as well as, eventually, throughout this region of the galaxy. A possible model and a considerable resource in this respect is the diaspora* project.
While the quantum unit of interaction in all human activities is the individual, there are a number of typical governmental levels that emerge in various conditions. These include the village, town or community; the aggregation of urban areas, city, or metropolis; the parish, township, or county; the province or state; the nation or country; the continental supra-national group; and the global government.
In our view, all forms of coercive government, all attempts to impose rules by force, are inhuman, indecent, unhealthy, and wrong. However, we perceive the apparent existence of such entities. Even if governments are mostly illusory, being the appearance of collective will even though many individuals object, and even though governments are entirely imaginary, since all actual events are undertaken by individual choice, it is important to understand that illusions can be very powerful and imaginary ideas can be very compelling. Even though we do not believe in government, we are aware that many people do, and that such belief is important to the choices they take and the conclusions they draw.
Moreover, people are present in existing communities. Many existing communities have homeowner associations, neighbourhood watches, city councils, zoning boards, local agencies, police, fire, emergency medical, legislatures, governors, and all kinds of other officials whether appointed, elected, or selected through other means. People involved in such communities may be open to participating in our work, and we may find that members of our online communities include people in various government roles. In order to be censorship-resistant we won’t be able to prevent the involvement of people who choose to participate. It is therefore useful to consider how individuals may react and work together to avoid the kinds of interactions that result in coercion, manipulation, and control.
We don’t pretend to have all the answers. We do have the intention of creating these online networks and resources for the members of the many communities we form and which other people choose to or have chosen to form.