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The World Needs Community Now

June 25, 2012

Despite the way the few and fortunate have ample opportunity to generate gains from a capitalistic society, that same society is not specifically structured to support its members. Competition among people for lucrative positions is not enough to justify the wasted lives that are neglected, and fall by the wayside into misery, no fault of their own, but for lack of support during their formative years …consequent of whatever reason; but neglected nonetheless. Such would not be the case in genuine community. Burgeoning, prototype models to one side …our mass centralized society has lost the sense of community. And, in the absence of community, domination has been the theme of western society.

Business corporations, such as coal mining corporations in West Virginia make the environment poisonous for children in the region. Citizens depend on the electricity that coal produces, are shackled to the central bank, and to impersonal, centralized production centers that they don’t control, and that they depend on for their sustenance. Most people have no option but to conform to the same systems of control that bring us ecological disaster and madness. Mining corporations are granted the rights of individual citizens while their production methods destroy the lives of the people that live in their vicinity while those same companies remove the natural landscape. Mountains are harvested. That vicious cycle continues.

The forces of for-profit, corporate momentum sweep over populations with impunity and men do not control them. People who conform to corporations for their livelihoods are uncritical of the apparatus they depend on, while the conditions of their lives are such that, to varying degrees, many of them suffer from the mental illnesses described by humanistic psychiatrists including Erich Fromm, C. G. Jung, and Abraham Maslow. To refer to our alienated society as deplorable is an understatement.

Psychopaths and sociopaths are born with the retardation of the human faculty of empathy, a birth defect that includes four percent of the population. (1) According to Hervey Cleckley, They can’t comprehend love, nor its function and beauty. Working psychopaths and sociopaths are not necessarily outlaws, but they are insensitive to the needs of other people.

The way impersonal corporations affect the lives of people is similar to the ways psychopaths and sociopaths effect people’s lives. Corporations are not people. Corporations are structured to expand and they have legal protections that defend them from lawsuit of individual citizens. “Human rights” is not their consideration, and for-profit corporations lower the cost of production by exploiting people in countries that allow it.

Unfortunately, sociopaths are included among saner men who manage the upper echelons of control within corporations, as well as among those who manage positions of control within national governments.

Oppression in the United States is largely the consequence of the blind, impersonal momentum of for-profit corporate expansion. Evil has its roots in that impersonal momentum, which people can not control, and, corporations demand conformity to irrational objectives; irrational, because the world’s carrying capacity, relevant to human population, is continually reduced and damaged, due to the maximum, often inefficient, production of often superfluous products for a synthetic, consumer-based economy. Without community, money is the only means for accessing goods and services.

The central bank is “designed to fail”; a conglomerate, which affects people as inhumanely as would a psychopath. A brief, sketchy explanation: Money enters the economy through loans with interest charges. The interest charged is not included in the loans, so that interest charged takes money out of the economy. Then, more money needs to be loaned with interest charges, which is money produced by the Fractional Reserve System, which causes inflation, the dollar buys less. The volume of capital in the economy is continually diminished, and its value is eroded. (2) (3) (4)

Most people do not suspect that their personal problems are caused by the socioeconomic systems they are obliged conform to. They are born into situations beyond their control. They submit their lives to oppressive, impersonal, régimes of for-profit, corporate government control. They are conditioned to believe that competition for an opulent future is the purpose of life. People are led to believe that to live nobly is to be an effective consumer. People are taught that acquisitiveness is the primary, and “natural,” internal motivation for all human endeavors, and that striving for power over others is among our “natural” attributes. People are encouraged to believe that the selfish, unregulated pursuit of material self-interest will indirectly benefit all members of society. And, that the purpose of science and art is profit, and fame. People are encouraged to believe that it is “natural” that society be composed of “winners” and losers.

The “logic” of mercantile-based narcissism is easily internalized by psychopaths and sociopaths. Saner people have resisted that pathology for “a hundred and fifty years.” Even so, in the absence of community, people are “forced” to access the support they need through the marketplace.

Competition for money is slanted in favor of people who are born into the class of wealth. Monopolized systems of production and distribution corner markets and withhold them from entrepreneurs. The conventional road to viable business prospects requires the dedication and time needed to open a market, the thin margin of profit, coupled with operating costs, the repayment of start up costs with interest charges, and taxes paid against government loans with interest charges, translates into much of one’s life energy spent in the pursuit of money. One’s business becomes a way of life that one may enjoy to the exclusion of further self-development and experience, or one may live vicariously through one’s children and their opportunities for growth enabled by one’s successful business.

Business often involves making workers expend their lives at overspecialized occupations in the service of companies in exchange for minimal pay. If successful, the company owners, or its major share holders, profit at the expense of the lives of workers, who have few options except to submit to the demands made on them. Many people get “trapped” in situations they can not extricate themselves from. Debt gets involved, and the time spent at their occupations limits access to other options.

A facet: A “competitive” economy based on expansion and consumerism will cause a “shrinking market” due to the need for lowering production costs at the expense of the workers – the consumers. At once, struggle and competition for placement in the “workforce” becomes ever more stringent among people who were not born into wealthy families – which, leaves most people in the world destitute and neglected.

The morass of inequity is dehumanizing. Most of it is caused by the impersonal mega-consortiums of for-profit corporations that monopolize the vital sectors of the economy, as touched on above. This has all been said by others more eloquently, and comprehensively, than in this essay.

Human resistance to domination is ongoing, but it has been largely ineffective. Alternative options have included local, autonomous units of exchange (autonomous money), mainly used among food producers and restaurants, or as supplements for the purchase of goods and services in conjunction with conventional money among participating vendors. The financial Co-operative, JAK, has been effective to freely capitalize its members with conventional money without interest charges. (5) However, all types of Co-operatives are dependent on conventional money. …The decentralization of renewable energy sources, in private homes, is a step in the right direction, as is the local production of produce for local use, as is Marcin Jakubowski’s E-Farm initiative and Open Source Ecology (Google it).

      Nonetheless, nothing short of real independence from mass centralized society, MCS, will be sufficient to emancipate people from its dehumanization and societal malaise. And that my friends is a structural challenge – a societal, structural challenge met by Decentralized Economic Social Organization, DESO. As I have mentioned in other essays, cohesive decentralization means building an organization – production-based communities that “stand on their own two feet,” independent and self-managed. The vision requires some description; because DESO is unlike MCS in all respects. DESO is a different culture with different objectives. For example, the cultural metaphor of MCS is that, “Society is made up of winners and losers.” By contrast, the DESO cultural metaphor is that “No one is less important than the group.”

That is because DESO is composed of genuine communities, and in each community the vital sectors of the peoples’ economy is shared, is owned and managed equally by all community members. Making that come into reality is a matter of organization. At this point, I will refrain from making that elaboration, since the manuscript was prepared for that purpose. But, too, the manuscript is intended to bring your creative contributions into the project. The manuscript DESO is a primer, which includes flexible organizational formats for actualizing decentralized organization. DESO is structured to function through real dialogue. Real dialogue results in concerted action.

I know that twenty four dollars is much money. You can pool your resources to get yourselves a copy. (Available for ordering in U. S., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia) It will be delivered quickly.

http://reedckinney.com/

http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0106175049/default.aspx

Mass centralized society can not be turned away from its self-destructive momentum that worsens and destroys lives. Many saner people, with their hearts in the right place, struggle together to legislate reforms that can lessen suffering among the less fortunate, and provide needed support for children. That is all well and good, but reforms do not change for-profit, corporate/government domination and its impersonal, structured, blind momentum for expansion. Reforms do not alter the stratification of society. No matter the president, the structures of centralization are unalterable within their own context.

The best bet for altering MCS is via an independent society that meets the real needs of its people, always integrating more members from MCS – DESO develops inside MCS while it endeavors to supersede it. DESO has its autonomous monetized organization, civic-economic organization, civic culture, and its independence via each community’s mutualistic, public productive enterprises. That content is in the manuscript.

The First of May Anarchists Alliance website says in their section “Our Organization” that,
“II. Purpose….We need a different kind of world – a world without war, exploitation, oppression and ecological devastation.” (6)

Of course, that is what we need. But, to get there we need the right “vehicle”.

Sincerely yours, Reed C. Kinney
Write me at : rkinney@prodigy.net.mx

And, leave your comment here on this blog.

https://decentralizationblog.wordpress.com

References:
1. THE PSYCHOPATH – The Mask of Sanity – Special Research Project of the Quantum Future School
http://www.cassiopaea.com/cassiopaea/psychopath.htm
2. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/05/30-1
3. http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/private-banks-quotation
4. Damon Vrabel
http://economicedge.blogspot.com/2010/05/damon-vrabel-coming-crash-usury-and.html
5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JAK_Members_Bank
6. http://m1aa.org/?page_id=58

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6 Comments
  1. This really solved my problem, thank you!

  2. Reed, I can repeat the gist of any one of my replies on the language of mind drawn from psychiatry and psychology, but since I did not keep the originals, I’d rather that you–if you want–select any one that “fits.” I’ll be glad to follow whatever you wish, though I continue to be hampered by health problems that have slowed down my “mental/physical” energy–meaning: my time may not meet yours. Best, George

  3. Steve Wood permalink

    I have also discovered this and am on board with all feet!
    I am very interested in this concept and may be able to provide great assistance in it’s propagation in the not too distant future.
    I look forward to reading the book.

  4. Thank you so much Steve for your kind encouragement. I am looking forward to your help. Thank you for your e-mail address. I will write you. You be well friend! Yours, Reed

  5. More to the point: I continue to have a problem with categorizing people as psychopath/sociopath; that is, going back to Freud, we are told that most of us are mentally/emotionally affected by debilitating experiences in childhood, birthing from the sac of security (relatively, that is) into a world demanding survival, placing most of the responsibility on the newly isolated individual; thus “existentialism,” the loneliness of being. But that is not the “end.” DESO is a way out of the neurotic system of individualism that makes targets of us all. At this point, I needn’t explain, just read DESO–carefully and frequently. Best, George

  6. George, I appreciate your comment.
    In regard to deficiencies that seem to have been identified by psychiatrists, and others of the medical fields, things are what they are. There is no particular prejudice against people with disabilities. They, too, must be regarded as human beings, no less deserving of human concern than anyone.

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