The Individual/The Community

 

 

Richard Light

2016

This passage is not a plan nor some kind of innovation...this passage is simply words of our founders and other political philosophers coupled with a layman's foundational understanding of how America was designed. If this passage feels too aloof for you (too much like philosophy of ideology), It is time to pick up a history book and discover the purpose of the Constitution and our role as Sovereign States. 

 

“It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

Last week I was trying to figure out how the idea of communal property, Anarchism, Capitalism, and generally conflicting societal desires all fit into a common political orientation.

After inquiring as to the commonalities in all these thoughts, it was only in community, non-aggression principles, and decentralized government that all fell under the blanket of common ideology.

America is the perfect entity for encouraging and promoting a unified and coherent political ideology as prescribed by Libertarians, Minarchists, Capitalists, Socialists, Democrats, and Republicans, the trick is adherence to the federal Constitution, as written regarding federal powers and oversight of the State’s rights, and solidifying power of communities within the community of a State.

What does that mean?

 

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

Individual rights refer to the liberties of an individual to pursue life and goals without interference from other individuals or the government. 

 

“Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).”

Ayn Rand

 

A group of individuals will be drawn together based on commonalities in morals, ideals, and desires. We live this experience and see it present in research which has consistently shown that people tend to associate with people of like minds (Kassin S., ‎Fein S. & ‎Markus H., 2010).

What we find then is that we are naturally inclined to form communities as a part of human nature. Communities given the option of self-governing will be moralistically, idealistically, and desirously inclined to generate a community with the wants, laws, and reflection of life, liberty, and happiness of the individuals within the community.

In this way, communities may define their community, their industry, their housing and community wealth. It is in the power of a community in which Anarchies, Democracies, Republics, Socialist-States, Communistic States, and ideals unmentioned can all exist and co-exist as neighboring communities.

 

“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

Because we are all so different and not one entity can effectively govern the life, liberty and happiness of all the individuals of a system, it is in the interests of every individual to be governed by as small an entity as possible.

Each community is empowered to govern their community with the laws, benefits, and costs in which the community collects and delineates.

 

“Taste cannot be controlled by law.”

Thomas Jefferson

 


This individualism and community empowerment can realize all the dreams of retirement and social welfare a community desires. With a group of likeminded individuals donating their labors to the realization of their entitlements, the community will regulate and manage their programs. It is in local control which the most financial reliability occurs; it is in local control that retirement funds, medical health costs, social welfare, emergency housing, environmental protections, and reliable responsibility will occur. 

 

 

The State: A community of Communities

 

“Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.”

Thomas Jefferson



Intercommunity commerce, trade disputes, and aggression are reasons that a State is needed in a world of communities. Where it is one community’s desire to be peaceful, make fair trade, and be cooperative with their neighbors, communities based on differing ideals may be less inclined to work cooperatively with other communities. A State (a community of communities) offers a voluntary membership of communities where the individual communities can reallocate or donate money, services, or resources to the State for the purpose of judging and enforcing fair trade and non-aggression between communities (towns and cities).

As the people are responsible to their community for the means to run their community so too are the communities responsible for providing the means of the State to perform its services to communities.  Just as communities have law enforcement, so too can the State. Just like communities have rules for trade so too will the State. The laws governing the State are derived of the communities, the means for assisting the State in its purposes are donated by the communities, and thus the regulation of the State is done by the communities.

Service is more responsive, less monetarily coercive, and morally responsible directly to the communities and by extension, the people. There is no better oversight of the system than by the people.

 

“The overwhelming majority of the American people know that we have got to stand together, that we're going to grow together…”

Bernie Sanders


America (A Nation of Communities)

 

So why does it seem that our nation, the United States, lends so well to the idea of free and sovereign communities residing within larger communities called States? That one is easy and history, our founders wrote our law to be a nation contrived this way.

 

“I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

America’s laws were initially written with such clarity regarding life, liberty, and happiness that dictatorial desires by those elected to govern had to drastically change the documents to reflect their biases and persona desires. Our initial documents and laws have been so removed from what they were intended to be that our system is facing an identity crisis. What most people now feel is a failed system is in fact a failed editing of our system. The provisions are there for our nation to be empowered by the communities, and in the same way our States are empowered by those communities, so too is the federal government.

We have lost our power to be separate from the State. We have been forced to pay for the operation of a war machine for so long; we do not see that it is our right to not pay it. Our freedom is not contingent on the federal government; it is in the community and the strength of our communities to unite. The federal government of the United States is only that, an entity empowered by ‘united’ States (‘united’ communities).

Removing the self-serving laws that detract from the individuals of this country, we will all find our community (be it anarchist, democratic, a republic, a society, or commune). What it takes is freeing ourselves from the machine that turned Corporations into people, reallocates the labors from every man woman and child (even those yet to be born) into pools of wealth for officials and corporations, and serves to destroy the planet around us with no remorse.

Our Nation was designed with the ability to offer every human a chance at a free life. We have to find personal strength, bind together as communities, and seek to take what is ours from our masters. We need to take the power back!

 

 

P.S.

 

Should a man from the other end of the nation, who is being paid to sign paperwork for a corporation, be allowed to use your money to destroy your town, pollute your rivers, and control what you can do in your home?