Saturday, 12 May 2012

These little worlds

It's only recently that I've been aware of just how widespread and well established the intentional community on a global level has become. The sites here and here provide an overview, although this by no means provides an exhaustive list of autonomous projects. Campaigns like The Land is Ours are also long established and fruitful.

Most of these communities have some unifying ideological basis on which they are run: religious, spiritual, ecological, political, economic or all of these. This is all compatible with National Anarchism - in fact it is its very essence! We don't need to wait for the revolution. In fact it is here and now. In any case, the people of the world just won't accept one homogeneous way of life and belief system, be it Leftist, nationalist, liberal or far out. So let people of like mind get together and be left alone. Some intentional communities profess no particular ideological line, but nevertheless they still display some level of dissatisfaction with mass society, otherwise why would they bother?

These communities, some of which have been functioning for decades, are the real vanguards of the anti-globalist movement, leading by practical example. For thousands of years humanity's preferred mode of living was the small settlement, where faces were familiar. It must have something going for it. So today, for those of us alienated by modernity and the hegemony of neo-liberalism, it is to these little worlds we should turn our gaze as something towards a remedy.