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I am thinking about building a new website
and wanted to put my blogs here where I
started blogging so I would not lose
them in a process of changing over
and they would still be available for reading.
Libertarianism has got it all wrong.
I understand the theories of Kropotkin and anarcho-syndicalist
and Anarchist and Libertarians and most of the combinations
that involve Communism and Socialism and cooperative
communities and all the anti-statism combinations. I also know
that they ignore some basic facts of life.
It is true that Man can live in cooperative communities.
It is part of his nature. But it is also true that his nature is
also competitive. Competition is the driving force of change
in the human community and is what creates efficient
productions values that make ultimate progress possible.
Surplus is not created by idealism. It comes from the desire
to out perform and appear exceptional to others members
of the community. It is not a quality that is possible to
suppress in the individual. It must instead be utilized to
enhance the production values of the Community.
That is the reason that the Capitalist economic system
works so well in creating surplus.
It also true that the present political and economic
situation is unjust and serves only to enrich the few
at the expense of the many. It is exacerbated by the
excessive power and influence of multi-national
Corporations that often do not let ethics interfere
with the bottom line. But when the Corporate excess
crosses to far over the line in a Democratic society
the stress that is caused to the community will result
in change in the social programs that lead to more parity.
The problem with the transition from an existing
government order to a new social form is that it
requires a violent Revolution. The Communist
experiment and the French Revolution both testify
to the fact that internal Revolution leading to drastic
changes in forms of Governance often lead to
The American Revolution was more of a change of
the source of Authority than a change of government
style. That has actually been an evolutionary process
over two hundred years. We must make Democracy
our mode of change and do it with time for adjustment
of popular concepts. We must also be aware that you
will not turn competition into cooperation.
Both human motivations must be used in a mutually
supportive system. Social Economic philosophy can
influence practical change but it cannot replace it.
Kropotkin was right in his assertion that
“it is bread that the Revolution needs”.
The ensured supply of basic commodities is essential
to any successful Social change.
I believe in a human community that makes sure
that every member of the community has enough
food to eat. They each must have shelter and clothes
and skill training or education. Ever human must
have access to a baseline of medical care that
assures the best chance of long time survival and an
acceptable quality of life. The also should have the
availability of work. Every citizen has both responsibility
and the right to make meaningful contribution to the
society in which they live.
There is both time and method to transform our
Big Village into a society that both recognizes and
rewards effort and creativity, and provides Freedom
from Want of the basic necessities that make life possible
Copyright © William Hodge 2010 - 06/25/2010