Friday, September 25, 2015

Economic, Agrarian and Ecosystem Brainstorms for Post-Empire

It is sometimes said that the family is the building block of society, but what could we imagine is the building block to a healthy economy???  In theory, maybe the family farm unit.  And what better way to decentralize than to establish as many family farms as possible across a landmass?  I can't think of any other fruitful way to fight against monopolization.  And I think governments, corporations, and banks understand this better than anyone.  It is so difficult for a small family farm to make it.  The former understands that if people have land, capital, a regenerative means to support themselves, one cannot control them let alone profit off of them.  A multitude of family farm units balances power.

In an ideal agrarian world, if one decided not to farm (which is perfectly legit) one still has to keep close ties with a family farmer. One has to relate to the farmer.  They would be the ones who feed you and it is only natural that you would want them to thrive and produce healthy food so that you could stay sane and accomplish your work in whatever field you choose.  Or if a group wants to establish a city, that city should take responsibility and establish as well as sustain its own farm in a regenerative manner.    

In an ideal world I think there would be as many family owned farms as possible.  A host of small farmscapes, all carefully planned out over generations with sparkling rustic local life.  A rustic culture.  One that would be rich as in the past, but perhaps taking on new and thrilling directions never imagined.  A rustic culture has great value.  Just think of all the melodies famous classical composer drew from the so called peasants.  But these family farm units would have freedom to operate without regulation or tax.  If they want to pledge to a king for protection or some other purpose, they could, but these trusts would only be temporary, not to mention fair.  Children should not have to be born into political systems that when coming of age they are forced to participate in.  They are their own kings. And there are many. They would have enlightened concepts, decent technology, etc. With modern advances and enlightened ideas like those found in permaculture design and holistic management . . . farming doesn't have to be such drudgery like it may have been in the past.  It is still hard work; takes dedication, patience and brilliance.  But perhaps this is not the sort of slavery one finds in the modern post-industrial workplace.  Furthermore, enlightened techniques could help the planet (as well as humans) heal. 

I also imagine (in this ideal world) that well established farmers, who have nothing to lose and value the health of society would help younger people get started.  I mean one can only have so many plants, timber and animals on a relatively small plot of land. Overdensity induces infertility and isn't good for all involved.  Its good to get animals, a polyculture of plants, not to mention people spread out.  It would make sense in the long run to donate some animals to those who could use them to establish themselves, and also freely exchange ideas, take on the young as farming apprentices, and so on.  It would be imperative that young couples who want to establish a farm be honored and equipped with the necessary skills, some land, a few animals, seeds, tools, and so on. A wise man would see value in this not necessarily for himself but for posterity.  The community would take a vested interest because it is no small secret that civilization is based on farming and maintenance of ecosystems.  I would like to think that a wise society would place inestimable value in Earth, soil, air, water, and food.

And this brings me to my next idea.  Some families could assume the role of ecosystem stewards in a land plot which they are allotted and to keep in the family or bequeath to whoever they see fit. Instead of focusing more on farming these resident stewards could take charge of an acreage in order to ensure that it is functioning optimally in connection with its ecosystem and the entire Earth. Perhaps they would own a few animals for sustenance, or even hunt to help control population, however the community would see the value of their work and donate to them what they need or they be provided with some credit or means of exchange without interest. This way they could buy necessities and live in frugal comfort.  They could even build tree-houses or live in the sides of mountains if they want because there wouldn't be any bureaucracy.  This is sort of in line with the economic Insights of John D. Liu found in his What If We Change Documentaries.  And they would be endowed with the necessary skills and tools to manage an ecosystem.  

Of course greed is out of the picture in this ideal conception.     

A host of viable and vibrant family farm units as well as family ecosystem maintainers balances power in society.  Does this make sense?  I think so.  Natural farm products and Mother Earth itself serves as the fundamental basis of economy with technologies and other services proceeding from these.  Is this more or less reasonable?  Maybe in a wise world.  My purpose is that I'm starting to look beyond the U.S. empire.  The empire will eventually die.  If anyone thinks that we are just going to keep on our merry way cheating Mother Nature and each other, then well perhaps this isn't for you.

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