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  •  Hey OPOL (2+ / 0-)

    I don't know if you caught them, but I had a couple of diaries yesterday that relate to this train of thought, at least in my mind:

    Affordable, Sustainable Housing I: As Direct Action

    Affordable, Sustainable Housing II: Materials & Methods

    And here's a somewhat more detailed description of what I've been thinking about:

    I would love to participate in a larger, more organized form of Occupy development around D.C. In this model, an ever-growing network of semi-collectivist communities would be created in pockets around D.C. The purpose of these collectives would be many-fold.

    First, they would be a form of direct action in as much as they would comprise increasingly self-sufficient communities that run parallel to and increasingly off-the-grid from the mainstream, corporate, consumer culture.

    Second, they would be the incubators of solutions for the replacement of mainstream, corporate, consumer culture over the long-term.

    Third, they would incorporate community-based solutions to Climate Change within their missions and operations.

    And fourth, they would provide a capacity for applying pressure on traditional government, by experimenting with and developing effective methods of- consensus-building, decision-making and governance.

    - participatory economy (as both direct action and solution)
    - creating, maintaining and powering affordable, sustainable housing.
    - creating, maintaining and powering shelters for large numbers of visitors.
    - developing food production capacity for the communities and visitors.
    - practicing a wide range of permaculture methods
    - hosting large numbers of visitors for training exchanges, networking and engaging in rallies in D.C.
    - creating a capacity for transporting visitors to rallies in D.C. in a carbon-sensitive way.
    - developing a first class organization to create, promote and operate rallies.
    - providing rally management and support services to groups with aligned interests.
    - preparing for a daily, large-scale, indefinite occupation of D.C., based out of these outlying communities.

    One of the major differences between Democrats and Republicans is that the former have the moral imagination to see the moral dimension of financial affairs, while the latter do not. Some pragmatists are exceptions.

    by Words In Action on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 12:38:16 PM PDT

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