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  •  We're in difficult times (4+ / 0-)
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    It would work if there was the will to do it. The important thing is to first determine what the best form of social organization would be, even if there doesn't seem to be (currently) a way to concretely manifest it on a large scale. It helps to know how you'd like society to be organized in order to have something against which to measure other approaches.

    Once that is determined, and in my case I think the best approach is anarchism, the concept can be explained and people can be educated.

    In time, when enough groundwork has been accomplished, and when the right opportunity presents itself, the change can be made. This might be way off in the future, but the groundwork must begin far in advance. In the meantime, worker owned and managed co-ops, as well as other forms of peaceful revolutionary activities can be developed.

    This is what occurred in Spain. Decades of work prepared the way, starting as far back as medieval times with collectivist peasant villages in Spain, and then later in the 1800s with the anarchist ideas of Bakunin which took root in Spain. It didn't happen overnight. When the opportunity came, the people were ready. Unfortunately, between the capitalist opposition (the US, England, and France) and fascist opposition (Germany, Italy), as well as the Stalinist opposition (the USSR), the anarchists didn't have the sheer force of power to prevail.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 01:46:07 PM PST

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    •  I do see some possibilities in the local food (5+ / 0-)
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      movement if it can be consolidated and expanded to include sustainable energy. Imagine housing, power and food as a given and all else dependent on marketing locally produced food and artisan products. It would take an infusion of seed capital to prime the pump.

      I most definitely do not have a commune in mind but rather co-ops and  employee owned businesses united in the interest of mutual self sufficiency. Perhaps something like this minus the religious element.

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 02:14:37 PM PST

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