Community Ownership: The pathway to prosperity

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The problem with modern society is that it is centered on a system based upon selfishness. Capitalism was established by thieves and slave-owners and serves only to maintain power for those who stole everything from everyone. Private ownership of the means of production allows individuals to dictate production and distribution of necessary resources. Such fouled ideology is backed by billions of oblivious individuals who believe in a dream that was concocted to throw all into submission. Our main priority for this revolution is to demonstrate how community ownership provides greater prosperity than capitalism ever will.

The capitalist hierarchy that dominates the global economy stands today as the single most deceptive entity the world has ever known. The eldest of wealthy families can be traced back to the days when the nations that comprised the Holy Roman Empire stole everything from nations across the globe. Any amount of charity these entities profess as their ‘good will toward man’ is a sham and a mask to hide the fact that everything they own belongs to The People. Dually noted as a cautionary tale, the nations that comprised the Holy Roman Empire transpired into Nazi Europe and have since become the ring leaders in not only Israel’s increasing debauchery but also the New World Order.

While the hierarchy maintains much of its domination through politics, their main arsenal of deceptive practices dwells in the battlefield of economics. The owners of this corrupt system have gone through great lengths to prevent The People from learning the truth about community ownership. Hordes of capitalist drones troll through every social network spitting brainwashed one-liners at anyone who mentions anything resembling communist thought. We are taught such lies on the news, at school, and in every institutionalized entity that composes the capitalist system. At some point, one must begin to wonder why the capitalist hierarchy has gone through such great lengths to demonize one particular economic system to the extent of literally executing a ‘witch hunt’ against its proponents.

Basic Economics

The key to understanding the communist feud starts with basic economics. Economics is the science of production and distribution of goods and services. Whoever owns the means of production dictates distribution and virtually owns the entire system on both political and economic platforms. The means of production can either be owned by an individual (capitalism), a government (socialism), or a community (communism). All three economic systems can exist side-by-side in the same nation. Politics plays no role in defining these systems; however, the political system that dominates may choose to accept, reject or control the outcomes of these systems.

Capitalism allows individuals to own resources that everybody needs to survive. In reality, very limited competition exists in capitalism because the elite have the power to dictate the distribution of goods and services while annihilating any entity that dares to compete against them. Capitalist production is typically sustained through investors, which is why many corporations can’t survive in the United States. When a company relies on investors it becomes enslaved in a never-ending battle to pay off investors rather than sustain employees. Capitalism was created by the socialist state and would not exist without the state. Every capitalist economy is the world relies on the socialist state to balance the distribution of wealth. When capitalism remains unchecked the wealth gap perpetuates inequality and civic services are left to be funded and dominated by the ruling elite.

Socialism allows governments or authoritative figures to control distribution either through taxes or ownership of production. Any nation that taxes its people is socialist regardless of its political structure. Many citizens confuse socialism with communism because they do not comprehend The Communist Manifesto. The socialist proletariat is not the same concept as the hierarchical socialist state. The proletariat was to consist of the workers or community members who shared in ownership of production. Marx was adamantly opposed to the hierarchical state because the whole purpose of communist production was to free the workers from authoritative rule. Socialism is actually the complete opposite of communism, and capitalism is a more deceptive form of socialism. Socialism is the basis for every centralized government on earth. Republicans who preach against socialism while defending the concept of taxes are ignorant hypocrites.

Communism allows communities to own production such as factories, banks, and utilities then use the profits to sustain the community. Community members make the decisions for every aspect of the production including marketing, distribution, employee salaries, and how the profits are distributed. Communist production relies on the community for sustenance. The community can either raise funds to establish production through charity or obtain the funds through loans from community members. Once the production is paid off, the main priority is to sustain the employees. Workers take precedence over profits. Even if the production generates zero profits, as long as the workers are sustained the production serves a purpose for the community.

Marxism Vs. The modern perception of communism

The communist debate arose amid a turbulent era. Capitalists were funding both sides of every conflict during a time when there was limited technology, rampant illiteracy, famine, plague, and an unstable political system. Millions of people were yearning to break free from their capitalist oppressors and establish greater prosperity for workers. The obvious solution was to create a government consisting of the oppressed workers and establish a means of production to fund their existence. The debate spread through the masses like an epic game of telephone. When capitalists caught wind of what was being proposed they used every resource they could muster to squash the rebellion. The capitalist regime went so far as to enforce the notorious communist witch hunt called ‘The Red Scare’ that lasted throughout the ’40s and ’50s.

Karl Marx theorized that socialism would lead to communism because communities cannot own production in an industrialized nation without a stable government. In addition, Europe’s industrialization was in its infancy during this era. Communes cannot own production when there is no production to own. Socialism served to provide the resources necessary to industrialize the nations so communes could have production to own. Communist production requires a system of governance through which all members who share in ownership of production can have a say in how the production operates. Marx referred to this political system as the socialist proletariat. The proletariat differs from the hierarchal socialist state in that the proletariat consists of the workers or community members who share in the ownership of production. The socialist state consists of bureaucrats, dictators, or government representatives.

Marx called for the dictatorship of the proletariat. It’s clear to see why his vision became obscured over time. What he was really calling for is the dictatorship of The People. The People own and operate the means of production, not government representatives, bureaucrats or capitalists. Marx may have had some outlandish ideas of how communism should work but the overall vision of establishing a proletariat would have voided any of his unworthy concepts because once the proletariat came into power The People would be in control. The bottom line is that Marx’s theory of how communism should work does not define communism in itself. Marx was a philosopher, not some authoritative dictator. Philosophy is meant to be debated and revised by other philosophers and eventually perfected over time.

A half-century after Marx’s death, Lenin and Stalin dominated a nation of illiterate peasants with their own deplorable philosophies and called it communism. Both Lenin and Stalin leaned on the hierarchal socialist state to rapidly industrialize Russia so they could prevent European invasion. The philosophies of the USSR, Cuba, China, and other alleged communist nations are purely socialist ideologies. The modern perception of communism is thus attributed to Leninism and Stalinism and bears no resemblance to communist thought.

Communism is voluntarism (Aka Anarchism)

True anarchist thought is centered on voluntarism, a philosophy which holds that all human association should be voluntary. No human has a logical right to tell other humans how to live. Representative democracy is oppression disguised as liberty; suggesting that liberty amounts to a small percentage of the population being granted the authority to dominate all other factions simply because the other factions represent smaller percentages. The capitalist system relies on hierarchical socialism to procure the funds that are necessary to operate the government. Taxes are an involuntary means to administer involuntary ends. Communism offers a voluntary means to fund everything that is typically financed through taxes.

Every year citizens are forced to pay for things they deem as immoral or unnecessary; war, abortion, healthcare, etc. Community ownership allows communities to establish production then use the profits to pay for various services. For example, if a population of citizens wants to partake in endless war they can establish the ‘Death to All’ brand of toilet paper. Everyone who wants to fund war can simply buy the toilet paper then revel in their grand achievement every time they defecate. If a peace-loving faction wanted to oppose the war-mongering faction, the peace-loving faction could start their own ‘Let Me Live’ brand of toilet paper then use it as a vehicle to compete against the war-mongering faction.

Community ownership requires a system of governance through which all members who share in the ownership of the production can participate in the decision-making process. Each community has the freedom to decide how their system of governance is structured. If certain community members decide they don’t like how a particular community is structured they can simply find other communities to join. Community ownership not only provides incentive for community members to be more engaged in civic duty but it also provides a revolutionary means for communities to explore alternative approaches toward governance.

Examples of Community Ownership

A commune in the modern era translates into ‘community.’ Communities can either consist of people who live in nearby vicinities or people sharing likeminded views who may live thousands of miles away from each other. Community ownership suggests the community decides how the production operates. If community members have no say in how the production operates then it is not communism. Communities can be structured in many different ways, and consist of various specified demographics. Numerous working examples of communism exist throughout the US.

  • The community can consist of workers who decide how the production operates and how wages are distributed.
  • The community can consist of activists who own production to fund a specific cause.
  • A city or town can own production and use the profits for community improvements.
  • A community can start a retail or grocery store and offer shares to community members.
  • A community can own non-profit utilities that offer lower utility bills.
  • A community can own a garden then offer produce or plots to community members

OUR PLAN:

Anarcho-communist thought encompasses a wide-ranging and often conflicting demographic of citizens seeking to establish a political and economic system that is void of any unnecessary or coercive hierarchy. Those who explore anarchism for the first time are often confused by the wide range of opinion about how best to organize society and facilitate governance. While searching for basic answers to simple questions, citizens are bombarded with puzzling anarchist jargon and complex tomes that the average citizen cannot comprehend. Anarchists tend to debate endlessly the philosophies of dead people, yet fail to develop modern philosophical revisions. Even the most active anarchists are clueless when asked the simple question of ‘How do we start the revolution?’

The first step toward starting an anarchist revolution is to stop dwelling on the philosophies of dead people who can’t revise their works or change their minds. We are living in the twenty-first century. A lot has changed since the days no internet or smart devices. The dead philosophers were in a whole other galaxy compared to where we are at in terms of economic and political stability. The vision of a stateless, classless, moneyless society sounds like a great idea but it does not define anarchism. Anarchists must stop debating theories of how a moneyless society would work and start thinking about the basics of what we are trying to achieve: a system of self-sustained, independent communities that do not rely on their oppressors for ‘help’ and allow all members of each community to participate in the decision-making process.

Another problem with anarchists who try to push the concept of a moneyless society is they have all sorts of ideas about how it might work but fail to work-out a logical roadmap for how to get there. Commonsense suggests that if ever society were to reach a point where money could be abolished, the society would have had to seize control of the money in the first place. In a capitalist dominated society, the only way to seize control of the money is to compete against capitalists in the market. Anarchists must also take into consideration that the capitalist system has subjected the masses to millennia of mental, emotional, physical and monetary slavery. Such deep-rooted oppression and exploitation will not be uprooted simply by dreaming up theories of how a stateless system would work. Society must weened-off the statist teet by slowly introducing community-owned production that successfully demonstrates the effectiveness of community-ownership in terms of increasing prosperity and independence from the federal government.

Most anarchists and communists don’t realize is that the US already has the socialist system that is required to transition into anarcho-communism. It may not be the system theorized by the dead philosophers but it is stable enough to oversee the process of dissolution. A nation of divisive factions cannot logically break up into communes without fighting and riots. The socialist system is an overseer that will prevent civil war and social unrest. In other nations, socialist systems are structured into heavily hierarchical, authoritative regimes that will not allow dissolution. However, there is no law against communes in the US. We can do whatever we want.

How will a commune operate? 

When most people think about communes they vision a bunch hippies huddled on a farm, sharing everything while living off the land. Modern communes are simply communities or groups of people who work to achieve a shared social lifestyle. Communes are formed around common interests such as spirituality, religion, culture, psychology, economic ventures, philosophical ideologies, or political beliefs. Consensus decision-making, non-hierarchical structuring, and sustainable living are the core values of most communes.

Our model for anarcho-communism is centered on establishing self-sustained communes that are independent of the federal government. The communes will self-organize based on social, political, religious and other preferences. Numerous communes can exist within each city or town. Communes can also exist online and encompass vast populations of citizens working together to achieve specific goals. Each commune must establish a means of production to fund their operation, and develop a constitution that outlines the roles and responsibilities of its members as well as voting procedures and other guidelines that are relevant to the structure, mission, and vision of the operation.

Communes can establish production such as factories, banks, utilities, clothing-lines, cosmetic products, automobile brands, websites, apps, and other products and services. Profits from the production will be used to fund whatever goals the commune seeks to achieve. Communes can either raise the funds to establish production through charity or they can finance the production through loans from community members. The goal is not to accrue investors; otherwise, the operation will be accountable to the investors rather than the commune. By establishing production, communes will diminish the need for taxes while stripping government representatives of their decision-making powers. Representatives will eventually become about as powerful as file clerks.

As smaller communes begin to emerge, they will become a network of communes working together to resolve issues on municipal, state and national levels. They can do this by establishing an online government that allows all communes to organize and participate in the decision-making process. Once this system is fully matured, the communes will wield dominance over the federal government. The political system will then work from the bottom up rather than top down. The federal government will become more like a puppet government for the communes rather than a puppet government for elite capitalists.

Dissolving the state

A state is a conglomeration of self-serving political and industrial power that cannot legitimately justify its existence or its right to rule over its subjects. States are formed out of inequalities that perpetuate class division. Once a state is firmly established the state’s only goal is to maintain its status at any expense to the people it claims to serve. Both anarchists and communists are inherently opposed to unjustified hierarchies and thereby seek to smash the state and all its proponents.

Most states are structured into heavily hierarchical, authoritative regimes that would require a violent and chaotic revolution to overthrow the powers that be and establish a new system of governance from scratch. The state that exists in the United States, however, is vulnerable to the people it claims to serve. US statists are charlatans who rely on scare tactics, political charades, and fake news stories to maintain status. Without such trickery, the state could not hold The People captive in mental slavery. As with any charlatan, the state can easily be smashed through a revolution that is centered on research, writing, and communication.

State representatives feed off ignorance to maintain power and prestige. Rather than educating the public about how various systems function or how decisions are made within public policy and budget domains so citizens can participate in the decision-making process, representatives make flamboyant promises to solve all our problems. And as citizens sit around with their thumbs up their butts waiting for representatives to make good on their impossible promises, statists are conspiring behind the scenes to ensure representatives are working solely to maintain status for the state.

A revolution centered on research, writing, and communication would not only equip citizens with the knowledge that is necessary to participate in the decision-making process, but it would also serve as a defense against disinformation and brainwashing tactics. The state comprises a flock of elite capitalists whose influence is deeply rooted in every facet of the global economy. Their lies and manipulations have become the proverbial fabric of society. If citizens were to start investigating the state’s trickery on a grand scale, state pundits would become the laughing stocks of all the nations, and the state would slowly dissolve into a memory of the horrors that once dominated the world.

Appealing to Capitalists

Capitalists tend to view communism as an attack against all forms of private ownership. Many communist schools of thought have contributed to this notion; however, communism can actually benefit small-time capitalists. Our model for community-ownership is targeted at production that everyone needs in order to survive. Unlike other communist movements, we seek to compete against capitalists in the market. We are thereby attempting to beat the elite at their own game.

The capitalist system is dominated by vultures who use their ill-gotten powers to prey on the less fortunate. They are granted the right to lie, cheat, steal, kill, pollute the environment, invent news stories, and wage wars for the sake of adding more money into their useless bank accounts. As the elite pile their stacks-on-stacks, employees who worked themselves into burnout mode are left to endlessly quarrel with their fellow slaves over issues that would not exist if it weren’t for their slave-masters greed. But every slave master is outnumbered and every tyrant gets his or her power from below. They who giveth can also taketh away.

The capitalist tendency to value profits over people will undoubtedly boomerang back on their heads. Community-ownership offers citizens the opportunity to compete against capitalists in the market while earning higher wages and providing resources to the community without the need for taxes. Capitalists will find it extremely difficult to compete against communist production because community-ownership has a built-in consumer base. Community members are more likely to buy from production that sustains the community rather than some capitalist who only cares about yachts and mansions.

The mission for our anarcho-communist revolution is centered on providing the tools, knowledge, and resources necessary for communities to become self-sustained and independent from the federal government. As our communes begin their economic assault against elite capitalists, we must work closely with small business owners to ensure we do not overstep our boundaries by crushing small businesses as the elite are prone to doing. Communes can offer financial help, counseling and technical support to small businesses by establishing production that is purposed for this cause. For example, a commune can establish a tech company then use the profits to help small businesses. The profits can be used to stimulate the local economy in various ways while offering no interest loans to business owners. Grants can be offered to businesses that need help upgrading technology or converting to sustainable practices.

Community-ownership offers inventors and would-be entrepreneurs the chance to become pillars in the anarcho-communist movement. For example, let’s pretend Mark Zuckerberg was not a statist scumbag who decided to use his invention as a data-mining weapon for the new world order. Let’s pretend Mr. Zuckerberg rather decided he wanted to offer his invention up to community-ownership. Zuckerberg could have brought his idea to a community, defined his demands for what he wanted to gain from the production, then asked the community for the financial and community support to help lead his vision to fruition. Facebook and Instagram would have then been held accountable to its users rather than Zuckerberg’s investors. All of the billions of dollars in profits would have been used to fulfill whatever purpose the community decided to champion.

Pros and Cons of our model

The main drawback of our model is that this is a new concept that will take some trial and error in order to perfect. Much like the founding of the United States, the revolution should be considered a great experiment that may take a century before the vision is fully realized. Our mission to seize control of the means of production by competing against capitalists in the market is basically a declaration of war against them. They will use the same nasty tricks they have always used to squash the rebellion. However, the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Nothing that is in the light can remain hidden, nor will it escape the wrath of judgment.

As a defense against the growing population of brainwashed capitalist goons with the IQ of hoogabooga, we will need to develop a meticulously organized database of writings that we can use clap back at the peasants.

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