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“Hey, how are you doing?” asked Kevin when he opened the door to find Josh. “I was thinking about a lot of what you said the other day about Anarchy.” “Well, come in, we can talk a little. I have a meeting to go to with my coconspirators,” said Kevin opening the door, moving out of the way, and making a sweeping hand gesture with his free hand in the fluid motion of a dancer. Josh noticed that Kevin had seemed a lot stress free and happier since his announcement of setting himself free. “Well, a lot of what you were saying makes sense,” started Josh as he walked into Kevin‟s apartment, headed towards his favorite chair, and took a seat, “If there are no rules, how do you hold a community together; get people to work together?” “As I‟ve mentioned, we as a species are dependent. As Adam Smith explained in the “Wealth of Nations” which he published in 1776, there is a great advantage in specialization. When people divvy up the various tasks of running a household; a neighborhood; a community, they will become very good at the tasks they choose. Think of it this way, as small tribes of humanoids in the beginning, we all had to fend for ourselves. A group would go to a foraging space to seek food. As each individual sought food to eat, they also had to keep looking out for predators. This creates a very inefficient system for collecting food. But they were in groups because if one was attacked or noticed something, their alarm or actions would warn the others. But still, you could be that one who was being attacked. Now this creates a lot of effort from each to scan the horizon for danger; face it, we aren‟t that much of a challenge for most of the predators out there. Now, if one part of the group learns to keep an eye out and the other half can depend on them to do a good job of guarding the troop and vice versa, the other is freed up to forage for food. This type of symbiotic relationship can prove to produce more food for all. While certain members scan the horizon ready to fend off or alert others to the danger, those foraging can focus on the food. They realize that they can find more than enough for both groups and share in the bounty realizing that the bounty they have is because of the guards freeing them up to forage. In modern society, a doctor, scientist is freed up to explore their fields and develop new things because there is someone growing, harvesting, and preparing the food, building the houses, cleaning the streets, building the streets, supplying power, maintaining lines of communication, fighting fires, picking up the trash, etc. It is a dependency that has proven very positive. People specialize and develop their areas freeing others to do what they need or want to do. It all benefits one another. The only problem is now we are all doing that except there is a third party in the relationship, through ownership; control; capitalism, taking a large cut of the fruits of the labor. And the focus is on what they want and what they want is not necessarily for the good of the community but for the good of their bottom line and is limited to what they understand.”
“Wow, where did you learn all of this?” asked Josh truly awed. “Reading, talking to others, and thinking,” replied Kevin. “But how does it all work without the big money?” asked Josh after thinking for a few moments as if he was searching for the right words and right phrasing. “That‟s just it, I can‟t tell you.” “What!” exclaimed Josh with a like what the fuck expression all over his being pulling himself forward sitting on the edge of the sofa cushion. “I can‟t tell you,” reaffirmed Kevin, “I think that it was Patton who said, „Don‟t show a man what to do, tell him what you want and let him surprise you with his ingenuity.‟ With that in mind it is up to the individuals how they want to run their lives; their households; their community. Imagine the possibilities. For example: in the business my friends and I are creating everyone is an owner. We plan taking turns in each area of the business to learn all we can about it. Those who like where they are at can stay where they want to be; they will be the experts. But by bouncing around we can learn the different aspects of the business and offer our insights. Of course there will be a period of error and learning. But who knows, a guy who is great at working a machine may become an outstanding marketer. Or someone who is great at accounting may be able to offer real suggestions on how to produce a higher quality of product or improve safety. Someone working in maintenance because of being exposed and taught about all of the aspects of the business may figure out a better logistics effort. Everyone is involved and top officers are elected. The goal is that everyone knows the business and understands what is going on with it. All of us get the same pay which is the profits divided evenly.” “Even the ones who are the top officers of the month or quarter, or whatever you decided on?” “Yeah, we are all in this together and it is understood that it is because of our group effort that the business either sinks or swims. Plus also, we are teaching each other about personal finances and budgeting so that if we have cyclical down periods, they aren‟t so rough. It is, as any endeavor should be, a group effort. We are all the owners and the only ones who can be the owners are employees.” “Yeah, but what if the top officers decide to take more power or sell the business from under you?” asked Josh with a bit of honest concern in his voice. “Again, you can either kill the goose that lays th e golden egg or you can keep it healthy and enjoy a lifetime of a nice income. It‟s like those gathering humanoids. Sure, the gatherers could keep all of the food for themselves and maybe the next time they go out, the guards could look the other way when a predator comes. We feel that with the emphasis being taken off of the narrow focus of Capitalism and realizing that we are all in this together that the better idea is that
instead of personal greed it is far more beneficial to work together for our company and from our company prospering, each individual prospers. As far as selling it, they can‟t really do anything without each employee/owner‟s approval. In Capitalism, the power; the emphasis is on what the owner wants and management is concerned with pleasing them, not the community, not the employee. In fact both are seen as costs and drains on the company owner‟s profits and get treated that way. Managers in the Capitalist world are nothing more than tools and performing monkeys for their masters. They will form alliances to back stab and jockey for approval and position from their masters no matter what it cost society. In our model, we are the owners and the top officers are answerable to us which creates an interesting challenge from both sides. The Officers need to prove themselves to the employees and their plans to the employees to remain officers. It is not a mob rules; everyone must approve things before they go through, which means the officers had better know their stuff and have all of their ducks in order and learn how to communicate and teach others effectively. Employees must make an effort to understand the business and understand the officers and the community; how things are connected and interrelated, dependent—there is a built in growth factor with this. One of the biggest things I hated about Capitalism is how many people would hide behind the banner of, „That‟s not my problem or any of my business,‟ when it is all interconnected and dependent. That banner is just a mechanism to diminish the guilt of being profit oriented.” “Guess there is nothing wrong with that, but what about personality problems?” “We figure that we give someone a six month period to prove they are a fit with us.” “But there is always conflict,” said Josh point blankly. “We have to step up to the challenge of working things out. Each of us will have a major investment in this and with the potential it could bring, there is also the potential that we will learn and grow on a personal level as well. We have to. There will be no one to hold our hands and settle disputes for us—we will have to put on our big boy and big girl undies and step up to the challenge. That is my basic argument about Anarchy—we have to evolve or fail.” “Sounds pretty ambitious,” said Josh. “That is the whole point. For far too long, we have relied on leaders to make decisions, rules, and find solutions for us. It has been detrimental in that it causes us to be dependent on others; on instruments; on institutions to solve our problems instead of developing the skills ourselves. In Anarchy, we are the ones who have to find the solutions and in the process, keeping in mind that no one rules anyone, that in order to get things done, we have to learn to do our research, do our thinking, and learn to become excellent communicators of ideas. We have to be able to convince others that we may have a solution that is beneficial to all in our situation. In having to present and workout problems with others, it will force us to evolve. Not only that, an idea may sound good to you and make perfect sense and maybe it is a great idea, but having to work with others you will have to learn how to be a better communicator, teacher. You will be
forced to think harder about your idea. Others may be able to point out weaknesses in your idea that you haven‟t been able to see and because of that, it could become an even better idea. Another thing that I despise about Capitalism is that it is limited to such a narrow focus.” “How so?” queried Josh. “As I have mentioned, management jockey for position and favor from the owners. They learn to play the game or dance to the music of the owner. Like with Stalin and Hitler, the ones who were able to play it the best were the ones who rose through the ranks. Part of playing the game is not being a threat to those on top. You want to woo them, stroke them, let them know that you are a willing follower and are not a competitor gunning for their job. This in turn makes a lot of them nothing more than an obedient servant; a „Yes‟ man—challenge decisions too much and you are a competitor and need to be dealt with; instead you want to be taken under the upper echelon‟s wing and be treated as a student to their mentor. So instead of challenging, instead of growing, you just become a cog that perpetuates the same old, same old which is good if you are profit focused. It is good to have a predictable scenario that never causes too much change. If you had to evolve with an ever changing market place, then all of your profits would be eaten up by the market research and retooling. You want things to grow but in a predictable way; in a way that there is hardly any change that would require rebuilding your entire company.” “I think that I understand what you are saying, but I can‟t help but notice that there are challenges which would cause you to grow as well.” “There is but it is more of a template that you are being trained for,” answered Kevin, “I once remember that a fellow junior manager and I were talking. She said that there was a lot of ways that she saw that this company could be improved upon. Now, she and I were no geniuses. I am sure that many others who were brighter saw and knew about these opportunities. But she tried to suggest the changes. What we did find out is that a lot of middle manager don‟t want to shake the boat too much. Many have gotten as high up the ladder they will ever get and know that and are just winding out the clock to retirement by going through the motions. I doubt that any of her ideas ever made it to corporate headquarters. She then resolved that the only way to bring about change was to climb the ladder, but in the process she was transformed into a carbon copy of the rest.” “So all companies will be run this way; I mean like the company you guys are working on?” asked Josh. “Haven‟t you been listening?” asked Kevin rolling his eyes, “It is all up to the individuals involved. Anarchy is the purest form of the Free-Market System. No one rules, it is you working things out with the members of your community. There are no rules. Everyone is free to come and go as they like. They can either choose to buy in or not to your ideas. Each group, community, company, mom and pop shop, business needs to figure out what works for them. But I would say that employee; community ownership of factors of production would keep things a
lot tighter. Money would stay in the local community, the emphasis would be on the survivability for the company instead of individual greed and as the business prospers each individual prospers; as each person works for the prosperity of the community realizing as in the business that we are all in this together that as the community prospers each individual prospers. Each individual is equal and has equal input with that in mind, there are numerous ways of looking at a situation and the possible developments are endless. Just like the arts. Over the centuries, numerous societies have developed what they call art and it has produced an amazing amount of ideas until recently with corporate domination of the arts. Music and art is centered on what they think is the most profitable. As a result, children are growing up hearing and seeing the same old regurgitated output and are conditioned to think that this is what art and music are instead of pressing the bounds and discovering new styles such as Charles Ives, Picasso, Sati, Beethoven, the Beatles, the Stones, Dizzy Gillespie, Aretha Franklin, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, Hendrix, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and so many others did.” “That sounds exactly like the idea of communism you were explaining,” interjected Josh without warning. “It is. Anarchy is the system; no one is above anyone and communism is the morality and the realization that great things can be achieved easier through people sharing both ideas and things. Imagine a society where someone fails and instead of individuals making money off of this individual‟s misery; instead, they all help the individual stand back up and get running again. I mean in the current system, a young person makes a mistake; we all make mistakes because we are inexperienced. That person if caught gets a record and things get harder and harder for them which leads to even more mistakes and more profiting from their mistakes with institutions, social programs, and bureaucracy. Looking at our current prison situation, I would say that there is a lot more money keeping these unfortunates locked up than actually helping them. I figure you are either going to pay for them this way along with increased security and division of a community or we can share our help, our experience, our caring with them and nip the whole problem in the bud before it escalates.” “But some people are just bad,” said Josh. “I don‟t buy that,” replied Kevin, “Think of it this way. A young person comes into this world. Their parents are middle class living on the edge with week to week paychecks and in debt to buy what they think; have been conditioned to believe is what they need to be normal in this society; what everyone else has. The child grows up and learns there is a real value placed on things. They go to school and learn that coolness is not who you are as a person but what you own. There is what economists call „conspicuous consumption‟ all over.” “What exactly is that?” asked Josh.
“It is when you consume something in plain sight. Such as, when all of your clothes are from specific manufacturers, or you buy a fancy car, it is essentially showing off to others; an attempt to say how much cooler, successful, better you are and feeding off the responses. It is making sure that people will see what your taste is and what you can afford so they see you as something wonderful or something that needs to be idolized. It is defining yourself through the things that you purchase instead of accomplishing anything real in life.” “Okay,” responded Josh feeling a little self-conscious about his American Eagle sweatshirt. “Anyway, this child grows up in this atmosphere where there are television shows to buy this or what a life saver; work saver this is. They are bombarded with magazine covers showing all of these people who have money and what they are buying. The child sees shows showing off cribs or bling. The child starts equating success as being measured in things or control of others, not realizing that this control has come from an inordinate; unequal level of dependency between the two parties—one holds all of the cards and the other has to deal with what they get from the one who holds all of the cards. They go to schools that are more about production than learning while at the same time the emphasis from peers is on fashion and money. Girls are taught that it matters what is on the outside and not who they are on the inside. Guys view them as trophy wives and girls are taught to find a guy who will keep them. You have an economy that is based on non-stop consumption. It is designed to keep growing to stay pace with the needs of the population. Because it is growing it demands more people to replace retirees and to keep the growth going. The child grows up with this goes out to find their fortune to get these things; goes to work at a meaningless job that very rarely recognizes individual results. Look at our own jobs. They just wanted the job done and just looked at the employees as interchangeable cogs that were also the scapegoats if anything went wrong.” “And they don‟t want to pay us anything and there are no real benefits,” added Josh. “Exactly, so here is this young person with all this glitz and shiny things thrust upon them. They want to be a success, they try hard, and things go slow, especially if they don‟t hav e a real education. Yet, there are no jobs with real stimulating challenges available for the child. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, months into years and everything is slow. Also they are susceptible to economic changes and owner‟s whim. For example, a depression or the owner decides to close, sell, or move the operation. The young person has a hard time advancing in a system that is narrow in focus and self-perpetuating. They just struggle and struggle, they pay their bills and to get anything such as a car is just indentured servitude through paying the loan. Any slip up and they can lose everything. No one to really help, but many wanting to profit from the youngster; the youngster is just reminded how much of a failure they are when they turn on the television. They see the rich playing games, manipulating, and getting more and more, they become frustrated with the politicians, they see people getting over on the system. One young gangsta I knew, said that he got started because he knew that he needed all of these things the
world was telling him that he needed but no jobs were paying anything. One day, a known gang member asked him to run over to the convenience store and buy the gang member a soda and bag of chips. The gang member gave him a $50 bill. When he returned from his errand, the gang member told him to keep the change. The young man saw a chance to make a lot of money and that is what he wanted because like the youngster in my example, he was taught that money is the answer for everything. He was hooked. Our youngster sees things like this and gets more and more frustrated, impatient with waiting on his piece of the pie. All our youngster does is work and work only to seem to fall further behind. Finally something snaps. Depending on the person and their background they turn to escapes such as drugs, booze, anything exciting to escape to, away from the humdrum life of work and television. They may even turn to crime or make a little haphazard choice that they get caught and the things go downhill because of what I said earlier.” “Well, I guess that could be a drive behind some people doing badly,” conceded Josh. “Think about it. I guarantee that if you checked into most crimes it was about getting more and more. Others are due to how the person was treated in their lives such as being abused but even still, it is about getting more and more whether it is things, wealth, or a desire for control or feeling superior. That can be used to describe about 99.99% of all crime. Even in the case of drug and alcohol abuse, you have people trying to escape from the frustrations of working their lives away only to have nothing or not being able to solve problems because we have become so dependent on others to solve problems instead of developing that crucial skill ourselves,” said Kevin in an emotional voice. Josh felt the emotion as if it was almost a plea. They both sat in silence as they both pondered what was said. “Again, this is up to the local communities to figure out the best way to handle the victims of greed as in most are similar yet there are subtle regional differences,” offered Kevin after a few moments, “Again, different regions could come up with different solutions and learn from each other and through this learning and sharing of ideas even more effective ideas could emerge.” “I don‟t know,” said Josh after careful contemplation of everything said, “I mean that I just don‟t buy into the Utopian Idea.” “Oh, this is far from that,” fired back Kevin feeling like he was dragging a weight al ong trying to explain this to Josh. “How so?” asked Josh. “We foresee a multitude of problems arising and we know that there will be many times more that we can‟t think of or predict.”
“Then why go out on a limb like that?” asked Josh, taking advantage of a pause in Kevin‟s statement. “The American „Experiment‟ failed. It is dead. Our Founding Fathers attempted to create a system where the people were in control and it did a violent nose dive into the ground. It did that because people became more and more dependent on the government to solve problems losing the ability to develop a crucial skill. No one is thinking—not critically anyway. There are probably far more who can explain the Kardashian or Baby Boo Boo situation than can even begin to tell you anything about how our government is supposed to work. Instead of becoming a nation of independent thinkers we have become dependent thus giving the politicians ever increasing authority and instead of a multitude of ideas on the situation to bounce around and develop the best possible solution we have two prepackaged ideas to choose from; either Republican or Democrat. With two parties, it has been easy for the plutocracy to hijack the system. The only real difference between the two parties is how they envision serving their true masters the best. The only real competition between them is who will be the apple of their masters‟ eyes. Sure it will be hard, challenging, and there is a real chance of fighting, attempts to fill the vacuum of power, but it is a chance to give the real power back to the people. As far as the problems, well, this time the problems will have to be handled by the people giving them a real chance to develop these skills in over 150 years. Workers and communities will have a chance to truly explore a multitude of options instead of what is best for the bank accounts of the rich and powerful.” “Sounds promising,” conceded Josh, “It just sounds so scary.” “So was leaving your parents‟ house when you first went out on your own. Look, one of my mentors said that people learn in different ways, some are book smart and some are more hands on approach and right now I am feeling a real need to start using my hands all over you.” Josh started to laugh. “But instead, come with me to our meeting and listen. See what is going on. Maybe it will help you to understand seeing the actual process,” suggested Kevin with a smile. Josh nodded and stood up. He followed Kevin out of the apartment and they closed the door behind them.
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