By Ian Mayes
Having elaborated upon the kind of anarchism that I believe in, the question that immediately then comes up for me is: “How does one move forward with all these big ideas? How does one actually practice all of this stuff?” Okay, maybe that is really two questions, but my answer remains the same: Create new intentional communities.
The Foundation for Intentional Community defines an “intentional community” as being
“a group of people who have chosen to live together or share resources on the basis of common values.”
What I would like to see are intentional communities created around the kinds of values that I wrote about in my previous piece. I said a lot of stuff in that piece, so the I part that I’d really want to focus on with this are the “Ten Principles for My Utopian Anarchism”. I would summarize these as being:
1) Keep an image in mind of the kind of society that you want.
2) Try to have a comprehensive understanding of all the various systems at play.
3) Keep in mind the goal of it all, “Quadruple-H”: “Happy Healthy Harmonious Humans”.
4) The mission of “anarchism” here is to elimate all forms of domination and to replace them with voluntary cooperation.
5) Keep in mind the four interconnected “perspectives”: the individual, the relational, the structural and the physical.
6) Critiques are valued, but are not the main focus.
7) Heartfelt conversations, holding both the needs of oneself and others, is the basis for it all.
8) All social constructs are impermanent and can be replaced with new ones if necessary.
9) Uniformity is not necessary for sufficient cooperation to be possible.
10) All associations are voluntary. Individuals can choose to leave groups and groups can also kick people out.
In other words, if you have a group of people choosing to live together or share resources on the basis of these ten principles, then you have a utopian anarchist intentional communitiy. It’s as simple as that, nothing more is required! Of course, there are infinitely more details to consider…