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Decentralized Democracy

February 27, 2013

Decentralized Democracy

by Reed Camacho Kinney

Democracy is self-government by the people-for the people-through the people.

Real community is structured for member, participatory self-management without a centralized government.  It’s dialogical, consensus-based community decision making processes are shared equally by all members; by the people, for the people, through the people.

In community, we don’t have written law; per se. Common Law, law of the land, is unwritten. Serious disagreement is generally solved among community members. When that doesn’t happen, community members resort to the Office of Mediation.  The Office of Mediation files all the written, contractual agreements between accuser and accused. There is no need for any written civil law, or any judge.

Community economy is “production-based,” owned and managed by community members, it provivdes stability with prosperity. Community is participatory throughout its civil, civic, and civic-economic organizations.

Its organization is not based on one man one vote. Rather, it’s one voting ballet for each settlement of three to five mutualistic families – the smallest voting unit in real community. But, they do not vote for any representatives, rather, they vote on the proposals, plans, for community projects, productive enterprises, provided by any of their members.

They vote on which course of action, they decide, is the best for the community to take. They navigate emerging reality together. Everybody shares the executive function of civil, civic, and civic-economic organization equally. Having a solvent, mutual community bank, they can capitalize any community projects freely.

I don’t have the space to explain the community autonomous monetized organization; its own money.

Members own equally the vital sectors of their internal economy, their community services, which double as their economic stability, appropriate industry. They self-manage its operations through participatory organization. And, anybody with the best idea, as reckoned by all, leads the way. The adult consciousness of each member is challenged to think with others in dialogical decision making processes for their greater good – to the exclusion of no members.

That type of organization is both flexible and effective. It is the place where children are each supported with community resources to develop their unique talents through art and science, in the widest sense. Each child develops precociously into an individuated, productive person who is integrated into modern, community organization – the resumption of human evolution. That type of society is called a post-alienated society.

It may seem difficult to rearrange one’s outlook in order to contemplate another type of society. It is important to try to do that, because it adds momentum towards achieving that objective. Talking about that prospect with others is a good way to begin. I have not come upon any option preferable to decentralization.

Structured, dialogical, consensus-based, community decision making processes is concrete organization by the people, for the people, through the people – decentralized democracy.

Civic power sharing is decentralized power.

Think about community. Think about decentralization; networks of cooperating, sovereign, semi-self-sufficient communities – landscapes with multitudes of those settlements.  The actualization of that option, that project, is but a stone’s throw away.

It’s a matter of organization. To work-with-each-other-for-each-other in order to live in real, dialogical, consensus-based community requires the concerted effort of people who desire real independence.

See my Essay, What is Community?, in this blog.


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