Back to Basics: Micro-Economies, Cultural Spin-Cycles, and the True Roots of Anarchism

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It is very easy to become caught up in the ever-spinning socio-political, cultural shit-storm cycle of fear, macro-problem-viewing, partisan hype the con-artists in government want to convince us is relevant and important to our individual lives on a daily basis.

Even the self-proclaimed "awake" of us out there can't seem to help but getting sucked in to futile debates online about what should be done about this or that political situation, "world problem," or latest inane dribbling to have issued forth from some political "leader"'s lying mouth.

The reason I have drastically scaled back my mainstream social media presence, and abandoned many such verbal disputes and spats on platforms such as Facebook and YouTube is because, honestly, it is often a terrible waste of one of the most precious resources there is: time.

In this video, I talk about some very real and concrete steps that can be taken to effect real and immediate change, to the end of abolishing force/violence-based governance, and establishing a world built on decentralized relationships between dignified, human individuals, which in the end would meet the purported desires of all the silly systems that have been tried time and time again and predictably failed, resulting in the loss of millions upon millions of individual, precious, human lives.

Communism claims to want a unity of "the people" and an equality of opportunity. Only a decentralized system which respects the individual, and his or her self-ownership can provide this, as, without respecting the natural rights and dignity of the individual, no group can be formed which is strong and coherent, as all of the components would have no original, discursive mind by which to strengthen and maintain the group through conflict, challenge, balance, and discussion.

Political Conservatism claims to want to provide "the nation" with opportunities to "pull oneself up by one's own bootstraps," and yet systematically cripples these opportunities by placing force-backed regulations on the market to such a breathtakingly vast and intrusive extent that nobody can even move. Want to start your own business to escape poverty? Here, sure. Just pay thousands of dollars for all the licenses, applications, and approval procedures, and maybe we will tell you "okay." Most likely, though, your brilliant idea violates some of our regulations. The free market allows for individual discretion and the free pursuit of opportunity.

Both political Communism and Conservatism are religions that have killed hundreds of millions of people. How can you "change the world" against such odds? Well, it's easier than you may think.

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Graham Smith is a Voluntaryist activist, creator, and peaceful parent residing in Niigata City, Japan. Graham runs the "Voluntary Japan" online initiative with a presence here on Steem, as well as Facebook and Twitter. (Hit me up so I can stop talking about myself in the third person!)

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People in general are so caught up in petty conflicts I don't ever see a united approach to the issue of our current controlling mechanism.
Geez mate we've got idiots that will battle in the streets with each other over which fucking football team they support but you'll get a "meh" when you mention this topic.
Sorry mate I'm down on people today as the cognitive dissonance is mind blowing, social media has until Steemit came along been a step backwards IMO as it has spread stupidity and lies rather than enlightment and truth.
Sighs

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The critical issue of TIME.

With very minor exceptions, I have pretty much abandoned all other social media. Facebook lost me when the US Presidential elections sank into a quagmire of shit-slinging with little actual debate. Even with Trump a year into his Presidency, those same people are still busy attacking each other... burning lots of energy on words that do NOTHING to bring us real solutions to real issues.

To me, Conservatism and Communism are remarkably similar beasts in that they both want to CONTROL people through some form of force or coercion. Which is ultimately doomed to failure.

There's that old saying that "it takes a village" to raise a child... and maybe the lesson therein is that we need to START with simply getting back to worrying about our "villages" rather than being so wrapped up in our outrage over global issues. I can't help but think that a network of functional villages would add up to a functional world...

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I can't help but think that a network of functional villages would add up to a functional world...

Yep.

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This is something I've learned over the years. Every time I've gone back to facebook to attempt to post something about the state of politics or something important, I usually have some degree of regret, as the conversation devolves into unproductive namecalling. It's a reminder of why I don't give Zuck's trash the time of day, at least from a content creator perspective.

I should probably just start linking to my steem posts and call it good.

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Yours is a good philosophy and it is something I have lived by for my entire life. I am saddened to say however that it's been my experience that in America there is little reciprocity. One in the American culture does not receive for what one gives. Here people are takers. In fact, one who gives is looked upon as foolish and simply taken advantage of.

My recommendation is this, if one wishes to give find a group of like minded people and closely associate with them. Perhaps even form a community. The idea of voluntarily giving and taking requires the establishment of a small community. If successful, other communities will form.

It's important to note that reciprocity and cooperation are the values upon which American Indians established their tribes. It became so well developed in the Cherokee Tribe that it became known as the Cherokee Harmony Ethic. In the 1700's here are some of the lifeways of the Cherokee.

CHEROKEE LIFEWAYS OF THE 1700’S
Cherokees seldom turn their eyes on the person they speak of or address themselves to.
They seldom contradict or censure one another
Chiefs were largely without power and instead exercised persuasion via politeness.
A man, as elder, seldom turns his eyes on another elder whom he addresses.
Elders seldom contradict one another.
Elders have no power over other elders.
Young men were expected to demonstrate deference toward priests.
The relations of young men to the priestly officials were mediated through the beloved men (elders) of their respective clan.
Clan membership was based upon one’s mother’s clan.
Elders were expected to reconcile contrasting clan sentiments by pursuing cautiously the interests of their respective clans, avoiding direct conflict through judicious compromise and good nature and clear reasoning facilitated by native politeness.
In pursuing compromise elders would reveal their own thoughts via calculated ambiguity then cautiously and convincingly reveal those thoughts more narrowly and finally state the matter exactly in a manner that brought group sentiment to a final crystallization.
Elders of a clan who strongly objected to sentiment as it became crystalized among the remaining elders were expected to hold their peace. And if they failed to do so the villagers would avoid them.
The Cherokee ethos could be stated as an overriding lifetime moral purpose.
The single focus which created a pattern in Cherokee moral thought was the value of “harmony among men”, known as the harmony ethic.
The conflict disallowed in Cherokee human relations is of one kind: it is conflict between two men or several, face to face, open and direct. D
Direct open conflict is injurious to one’s reputation.
Gossip and conjuring appear to have had an essential place in the harmony ethic: both seem to be means of affecting others at a distance. They are used by clashing wills which avoids face to face contact. It serves as a kind of release valve.
In everyday life one must exercise foresight so as not to intrude clumsily upon others.
The harmony ethic is maintained by the recommendation that a good Cherokee be quiet man avoiding disharmonious situations.
Avoiding disharmony is maintained by not giving offense, an unwillingness of the individual to thrust his ideas or personality onto the limelight or to make decisions for others.
When contrary interests do become apparent, a good man is expected, quietly to go his own way. One pursues one’s own interests taking care not to frustrate the actions of others.
When direct conflict does inevitably occur a good Cherokee withdraws from it, physically if he can, and emotionally if he can’t. A good Cherokee does not withdraw with counter aggression, instead he simply withdraws. If the offender persists, the withdrawal develops into ostracism.
These are standards of decency and by this measure a man gains or fails to gain good repute. It is sometimes called the 1st Cosmic Principle.
Indirect discord, discord at a distance was allowed. Magic was prevalent then. and doctoring was largely a matter of counteracting spells cast by others. Roots were used in conjurations designed to predispose strangers in favor of the subject. The Priest “takes it to water” and says certain prayers over it while standing close to the running stream, then chews a small piece and rubs and blows it upon the body and arms of the patient, who then is supposed to start upon a journey that is supposed to give him assistance.
Good Cherokees avoid direct conflict in three ways: first by asserting their interests cautiously, second by turning away from impending conflict, and third, by withdrawing from men who openly clashed with their fellows.
Cherokees seldom turn their eyes upon the person they are speaking with and speak so low that they are often asked to repeat themselves.
There is a recurrent theme of trickery in Cherokee myths suggesting a pattern of Cherokee thought, a wariness about the designs of others. A general cautiousness and awareness was required to function among noninterfering people successfully.
Bad feelings were to be avoided because they were associated with physical disease and pollution.
Nuwoti means the power to heal disease, and gets rid of social guilt or moral pollution.
When a town was visited with a fatal disease, it was supposed that some evil “nanehi” had destroyed the efficacy of the medicine.
The 1780’s marked the end of the old ways. Priests and Warriors P. 103. From then on councils were no longer opened with prayer. The Six Major Festivals eventually turned into one The Green Corn Festival. The festival was handled by villages at this time, not the Tribe.

You can see that these lifeways led to Tribal cultural harmony.

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I agree 100% about wasting so much time debating with people on social media. It gets you nowhere and nothing good comes out of it.

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"In this video, I talk about some very real and concrete steps that can be taken to effect real and immediate change, to the end of abolishing force/violence-based governance, and establishing a world built on decentralized relationships between dignified, human individuals, which in the end would meet the purported desires of all the silly systems that have been tried time and time again and predictably failed, resulting in the loss of millions upon millions of individual, precious, human lives."
This is what we need in Nigeria!. I pray things get better here. I'd tell all my friends to watch this video.Thanks for sharing @kafkanarchy84.
Finding it hard to subscribe though, the network here in Nigeria is crazy. Would try again later.
@adedoyinwealth

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This is so true man. This is a huge reason I'm really glad I got off facebook and moved 100% over to Steemit. I used to find myself arguing about pointless crap all the time when I was on facebook. On Steemit people seem less preoccupied with that stuff.

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it is back the videos are very informative and we need them to bring change in ourselves

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Thank you very much for giving a very good thought. Individually we need comfort and it takes a peace to achieve that comfort. Good luck always for you @kafkanarchy84.

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Yes, we all need comfort @rizasukma

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Sweet! Love it!

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I have since childhood always admired the nomadic, free lives Native American's lived before Western thought destroyed these lives in near perfect union with nature. Your very detailed description of how the Cherokee's communicated and the ethics followed to keep the peace was not known to me. I identify most closely with Anarcho-Primitivism and have found a way in America to mostly divest from the system. Most of my waking hours are used for preparing to further divest. I 100% agree with the statement, "I can't help but think that a network of functional villages would add up to a functional world...". As a matter of fact, this is not only my vision, but is the only way for a free society to exist. I have a feeling that agreeing on a universal economy is doubtful, so as long as we possess the freedom to choose, we also must have choices to choose from. For this reason and the psychological fact that similar interests attract other similarities, there will be many small pockets of related groups, which interact with other groups on a less intimate level and so on and so forth. This segregation is necessary for the cohesive sanity of the whole. This is also great for growth in every area, since nothing nonviolent will be suppressed. I believe the key to peaceful harmony is simply tolerance, which your explanation of the Cherokee's social structure showed. It was all about tolerance, respect, being mindful of possible negative reactions and even the keeping at a distance during disagreement. This eliminates the fear of attack from an uncontrolled emotion sparking from said disagreement. As for what we must do as a people to lessen engagement from Central Authority, we must start with how we raise our youth. For some reason, even those who don't fully respect our current ways for governing the masses, they still tend to teach their children that becoming a police officer or joining the military is a respectable choice. So, we must make mindful tolerance the new golden rule, teach that endorsing central authority in any way is anything, but respectable and teach from an early age how to provide for themselves. We must get back to the mentality, where we can survive off the land at a moments notice. Today the loudest argument for the need of government is the provision of want over need. We as a whole have become dependent and breaking this thought process is key. Tolerance is the way, because a change in thought, ideals or beliefs are unnecessary to be tolerant. Tolerance is the perfect answer to subjectivity. Promoting positivity and love are a losing battle, because of subjectivity. Deprogramming is a very slow process, but when we can agree on the path and use current knowledge of human psychology to promote it, we can begin to change the culture on the macro level(societal) while we create the change on the micro level(familial). We then must teach that police and military roles are the new narcs. Kids at a very early age come to dislike tattle-tails and we can extend that to any role endorsing central control. The police are to society what the Kapos were to the Nazi Concentration camps. We just need to normalize this outlook. We have a long road ahead of us, my friends. We must live as close to our visions as possible to sell the idea.

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Yes, the videos are back!!

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:)

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Great insights into what it will really take to make genuine change in this world. And it isn't a huge step, considering many people do this already, without truly thinking about the implications of their actions. But more people behaving in such a way would help move us towards an 'end of the state'.

Success on Steemit works on a similar philosophy. Help out and interact, and act for others - yes for your own good, and by your own choice, but hopefully it flows through to be felt by others.

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I agree THE VIDEOS ARE BACK.

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You steemit tee is very cool!

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Thanks! Compliments of @papa-pepper.

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Rewards Pool Farmer Alert

check out the comments section of @ryacha21 above. (https://steemit.com/@ryacha21/comments)

He is leasing 30k SP from @minnowbooster then using that to VOTE Up his own 7 Day old comments on random posts at the last minute. Scroll his comments to around the 6 day mark or just go to https://steemd.com/@ryacha21; he has a lot of self love on his own old comments.

HE IS DOING IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER.. He is farming the pool.. If you could help it would be appreciated..

Learn more about this sack of monkey spunk here:

https://steemit.com/shitpost/@pawsdog/the-shit-post-diaries-1-17-18-4

Also kinda a dick move to use the actual good post of another person to post a comment for no other reason to come back and farm it later.

Post Author, @kafkanarchy84 I do apologize.. This dude makes no actual articles of his own so the only way to draw attention to what he is doing is to comment his comments. My sincerest apologies for cluttering up your blog, outing the abusive self voting behavior of @ryacha21

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a very nice post. Thank you. I wish you continued success

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I agreed with you that the world is in a quagmire of bad governance. Our political leaders comes with bad economic policies that do not benefit the masses. They rather use the available resource to prosecute wars. May God help us. I follow and upvote you.

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Very informative post thanks for the sharing information.

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Thank you for wonderful post

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wow .. this is something very interesting and need to be remembered also discussed .. cause will be wasted to waste time without benefit. Thanks my friend for his passion. continue this noble work

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Way to break it down! i have been t3elling folks for years to look for the self interest in other's (and our own) actions and not trust what is not transparently explained in this way, to see through the smokescreens to the ulterior motives,,, Love the way you framed this concept as "simple economics"... i would go so far as to say what you are advocating here is rather "complex economics", the economics of emotional value... Thank you!
Respectfully,
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This article is informative. Will put to practices what I have read

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I can’t watch videos on my iPad...I have to wait til I get home to watch this.

I just wrote a kind of essay about why I want to go back to japan and it has a lot to do with collectivism and individualism. I’m sure you’d be interested.

Check it out if you have time.
https://steemit.com/japan/@whatamidoing/5u8csw

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Your video is very instructive and informative. I like your points in avoiding or ending violence or conflicts. One must be mature in dealing with these matters.

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Good post

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Very important article, thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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I overall agree, in theory, with a lot of the things you have said. I also disagree with some of your talking points, but stepping back and seeing the bigger picture I see where you are coming from and appreciate what you are trying to do. I have never been to Japan, but knowing a bit about the difference between the individualism of Western society and collectivism of Asian countries, it seems you have found a perfect spot to plant the seeds of this vision. One of the things that I disagree with you on is the assumption that 99% of people are well intentioned. Hyper-individualism breeds psychopathology, and America is a very sick and traumatized nation. I am thankful that we can call 911 – a public service.

At the same time, I cannot help but think about a village in Kennya where the women were able to start their own thriving micro-economy. In order to do that, however, they had to ban their men. I did not read deep into the story (I saw it on facebook after all) but I assume that it was because their uber-patriarchal and war torn [traumatized] culture bred toxic and dangerous men who were too much of a barrier in them forming a safe and functioning community. Small steps…. I wish you well in your endeavors and will follow you because I believe in what you are trying to do. Maybe someday, as you say, it will spread – even to the shittiest holes of the USA. In the meantime I will continue to work for a non-profit organization that helps victims of trauma (among other things) and accept a paycheck provided, in part, by the government.

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Great video...I agree 110% with everything you said. Check out my blog post about Anarchy Newsroom and let me know if you might be interested in helping. I upvoted and am following you now.

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Hi! I'm new here. Really need help. Please vote My articles. I vote for yours. They are very good. Thank You!

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Great post