December 7th, 2003

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Life Dream: Here's mine, what's yours?

Over on the notesfiles someone asked about our Life Dreams, what we'd be doing if we were living our dream right now. Here's what I said. What is your life dream?

I would be sustainably unemployed living and working as part of an "urban commune", a group of people working and playing together to sustain their mutual unemployment, build their community, do activist work, grow food, be off the grid, cook and clean together, raise some kids, and throw lots of parties.

The commune would be made up of adjacent properties all bound together into a community land trust sharing land for collective gardening/farming. The commune would produce organic food, solar electricity, biodiesel, and ethanol. The commune would have a few shared vehicles (a converted school bus for mass transit and long term travel, a pickup truck for agricultural and construction needs, a fuel efficient economy car for trips that bikes and trains won't serve for) and lots of bikes. There would be a performance space, a guest house, several workshops and studios. The commune would be allied with a number of local organizations (food coop, farmers market, housing coop, IMC, etc) for resource sharing. Misc. monetary needs would be covered by sale of surplus production through cooperative enterprises.

Though unemployed, we'd all be working hard but it'd be on our own terms for something we care passionately about.

The thing is, I honestly think something like this will come together in this town within the next 10 years. This isn't just a dream, it is a goal. There are people who live like this. I know I can join them. I intend to spend some time over the next few years visiting intentional communities around the country and learning how they do things, the troubles they have, how they got started, and what they do well.

The only real obstacle for me is getting my student debts and a big hunk of my mortgage payed off. As long as I owe money, I have to earn money. There's also a significant need for startup capital which has to be built up/saved over time. Hence why I don't think it can happen immediately.

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Republicrats: differences

Another repost from the notesfiles. Someone asked about our personal summaries of the differences between the republicans and democrats and which democrat we supported for President, if any.

Republicans: benefit rich people and fool the people in the red (rural) precincts that they also benefit them. Constantly trying to redefine the precincts so that more of them are dominated by red people. Give a lot of lipservice (and actual policy changes) to conservative religious fundamentalists. Give a lot of lipservice (and no policy changes) to the "small government" folks (libertarians). Take what they want from other countries by direct use of force. Doll out money to corporations and rich people in the form of tax breaks and non-compete contracts outsources government programs. They like guns, hate abortion, and suck up to retired people. They want to put more people in jail. On average they range from right to center but most of them are slightly to the right of center-right.

Democrats: benefit rich people and fool the people in the blue (urban) precincts that they also benefit them. Constantly trying to redefine the precincts so that more of them are dominated by blue people. Give a lot of lipservice (and actual policy changes) to classic moderate liberal social causes (things having to do with rights). Give a lot of lipservice (and no policy changes) to the "progressive" folks (greens). Take what they want from other countries by trade manipulation, and diplomatic chicanery, occasionally backed by forceful military saber rattling and demonstrations of might. Doll out money to corporations and rich people in the form of trade deals and targetted tax loopholes and "win-win" "public-private" partnerships. They don't like guns, support the right to abortion, and suck up to retired people. They want to put more people in jail. On average they range from left to center-right but most of them are slightly to the left of center-right.

I support Dennis Kucinich because he doesn't stand for any of that bullshit. He's an honest man in an evil game. That the most radically progressive representative in the house comes from Midwest, heartland, Cleveland says something about the kind of trust that he can engender in people. Urban midwesterners might be very liberal but they don't put up with that namby-pamby hippie crap. He makes hard choices. He has vision. Every time I learn something new about him I like him more and more.