Gerrard_Winstanley

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Gerrard_Winstanley wrote

I think you're making a very important point. In my view, the main post-revolutionary goal should be a blitz of education including for adults. The US population in general has an extremely narrow and often downright incorrect understanding of history, sociology, anthropology and a long list of other subjects. Its important to not teach conclusions to people but rather to give them the tools of critical thinking so they can come to conclusions on their own that benefit the entire community.

Ignorance makes us susceptible to bigotry and suspicion. Knowledge lets us answer questions with compassion and reason.

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Gerrard_Winstanley wrote

The issue here is that for a hunter/gatherer lifestyle to be viable, the population cannot exceed a certain threshold. Too many people in one place will consume the resources (wild game and undomesticated edible plants) before they can regenerate within the ecosystem. Agriculture is an evolutionary technology that allows more people who inhabit a defined area by producing food faster, though not necessarily more efficiently. Agriculture is not a settler or even European technology.

Is your statement an argument for primitivism or are you just trying to say that equal redistribution of resources won't solve social problems? If it is the second, then I agree. The benefit of communism or another libertarian left political expression would be ability of communities to make their own democratic decisions. But....The democratic benefits aren't that great if you're in a minority and cannot accomplish your desires because you're outnumbered by descendants of colonizers. Communism alone can't solve the problems that colonialism has created. I believe a communist/anarchist society is the most likely to pursue the kinds of initiatives required to repair the situation.

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Gerrard_Winstanley wrote

I went to school for city planning and am very interested in this idea. The concept was only referenced in my (neoliberal) education in a historical sense, despite the fact that tiny houses and "off-grid" was getting really popular at the time.

Doing things under current US zoning and general health/safety standards is EXTREMELY expensive. Ignoring the regulations makes things a lot more manageable but requires a lot of knowledge and responsibility to not hurt anyone or the environment. It can be done. It should be done. It must be done. The powers that be are very against it and do not want anyone to set an example showing people what is possible if you drop their bureaucratic, tax-dollar-stealing, big-developer-favoring system of planning and regulation.

It can be done. It must be done. It will be done.