Topic: Outbreaks of Community
I've been digesting the essays at the Ran Prieur website in the last couple of days. www.ranprieur.com
Near the close of the "Slow Crash" essay, he remarks that the police and military (in part) were present in New Orleans after the hurricane as much to prevent outbreaks of community as to prevent anarchy.
I remember a few days after the hurricane happened, Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans, told the public in TV press conference to leave the city--or to stay away for a while--because there "is nothing for you here...[there are] no jobs, no money...etc., etc." I remember chuckling at the comment because implicit in the comment is that a job is necessary for survival or living.
Many were stumped at why New Orleans residents stayed in the midst of disaster. And almost uniformly, when interviewed and asked why they were staying they answered: "...This is my home...My family is here...This is where my life is..." Yet, none of those answers seemed logical or good enough for politicians or rescue workers or military.
It occured to me, when I heard Ray Nagin on TV, that the government probably felt they had to evacuate the peoples of New Orleans lest they began setting up a new civilization down there that didn't play by the rules of the rest of the nation.
...I suppose it all comes back to the faulty concept of ownership, and preserving power by controlling land and resources...
Also: outbreaks of community don't require a disaster. Here, at NR, a community has broken out without the prodding of an official.
Community is the central principle of the new era, isn't it? Networking.
If a number of local, integrous communities can be built and maintained in order to complement ("oppose") each of the arms of control, what more needs to be done?
but you can avoid its teeth.