The community I want to be a part of would agree on the following as a starting point …
Most of these kinds of lists focus on changing your consumer habits, and therefore leave the underlying structure of capitalist society unexamined. This list goes beyond the usual suggestions to change light bulbs or take shorter showers. Instead, the focus was on collective action working toward radical social change.
It is not enough to be right. We must change things, even if we cannot avoid collapse. We must invest ourselves in creating the kind of resilient local communities that we want to be a part of and that have the best chance of surviving and thriving in a changed world.
Twelve common situations where people call the police and suggested alternatives.
According to many biologists, there is as much cooperation in nature as there was competition. The story we have been taught about our innate selfishness is only part of the truth. As such, it is capitalist propaganda, and something of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
“The key to sustaining a post-growth economy is culture and community. Those extensive holidays of former times were far from a product of laziness. Rather they were, in an important sense, what men and women lived for. ‘Spare time’ spent in feasting, performing, collaborating and merrymaking together formed the basis of communal bonding, membership and trust.”
An amazing article by lawyer, grief therapist, ritualist, and community builder, Holly Truhlar, about the complicity of mainstream psychology in the systems which are destroying our society and our planet.