The Seeds We Sow
And thanks to SB and other artistic contributors, we have been able to lace this all together with poetry, photography, illustrations, and many of the great works of the creative muse.
Early on, when EFA first began publishing, I would speak of the Earthfamily and the need to create new inventions of social contract. Within the first few months of EFA, I wrote the Principles post. And even though it needs a little work to keep it up to date, it still stands up pretty well to the always brutal test of time.
And, the founding vision that appears in the top left corner in the hundreds of thousands of read EFA pages still rings true to me.
"With the advent of advanced global communication, new forms of social contract can be created which transcend the geographic state. These new cybercoops or cyberstates will bring humankind to higher levels of cooperation and understanding."
But perhaps this vision was a little abstract. For the "a priori" understanding here is that we must organize ourselves or perhaps more appropriately, reorganize ourselves. We must reorganize ourselves into food coops, transportation clubs, communication partnerships, and housing shares, with our friends, and our networks at the local scale, the regional scale and the global scale.
Howard Zinn says it well in this interview in Counterpunch.
Ziga Vodovnik: From the 1980s onwards we are witnessing the process of economic globalization getting stronger day after day. Many on the Left are now caught between a "dilemma" -- either to work to reinforce the sovereignty of nation-states as a defensive barrier against the control of foreign and global capital; or to strive towards a non-national alternative to the present form of globalization and that is equally global.
What's your opinion about this?
Howard Zinn: I am an anarchist, and according to anarchist principles nation states become obstacles to a true humanistic globalization. In a certain sense the movement towards globalization where capitalists are trying to leap over nation state barriers, creates a kind of opportunity for movement to ignore national barriers, and to bring people together globally, across national lines in opposition to globalization of capital, to create globalization of people, opposed to traditional notion of globalization.
In other words to use globalization -- it is nothing wrong with idea of globalization -- in a way that bypasses national boundaries and of course that there is not involved corporate control of the economic decisions that are made about people all over the world.
Ziga Vodovnik: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon once wrote that: "Freedom is the mother, not the daughter of order." Where do you see life after or beyond (nation) states?
Howard Zinn: Beyond the nation states? (laughter) I think what lies beyond the nation states is a world without national boundaries, but also with people organized. But not organized as nations, but people organized as groups, as collectives, without national and any kind of boundaries. Without any kind of borders, passports, visas.
None of that!
Of collectives of different sizes, depending on the function of the collective, having contacts with one another. You cannot have self-sufficient little collectives, because these collectives have different resources available to them. This is something anarchist theory has not worked out and maybe cannot possibly work out in advance, because it would have to work itself out in practice.
Ziga Vodovnik: Do you think that a change can be achieved through institutionalized party politics, or only through alternative means -- with disobedience, building parallel frameworks, establishing alternative media, etc.
Howard Zinn: If you work through the existing structures you are going to be corrupted. By working through political system that poisons the atmosphere, even the progressive organizations, you can see it even now in the US, where people on the "Left" are all caught in the electoral campaign and get into fierce arguments about should we support this third party candidate or that third party candidate.
This is a sort of little piece of evidence that suggests that when you get into working through electoral politics you begin to corrupt your ideals. So I think a way to behave is to think not in terms of representative government, not in terms of voting, not in terms of electoral politics, but thinking in terms of organizing social movements, organizing in the work place, organizing in the neighborhood, organizing collectives that can become strong enough to eventually take over --
First to become strong enough to resist what has been done to them by authority, and second, later, to become strong enough to actually take over the institutions." (more)
We have all the tools we need to reorganize ourselves for the time and events that lay before us. We have the hardware, the communication skills, and the software to completely blur the disappearing lines between geographic and social space.
But we do not yet have the will.
For we are all too comfortable in the Matrix.
But when the Matrix fails,
We will find our new ways, and our new lives,
in tomorrow's strong branches,
of the seeds we sow today.
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