Distributed network of heterogenous communities
In the beginning there were doubts
The confederated society model is an attempt to address several doubts and question that occurred to me over last few years, since I decided to follow, roughly speaking, anarchist-ish way of thinking in politics. Here are some of them:
Anarchism to the masses? Are you kidding?
After learning a little bit about anarchist attitude it became clear to me that being an anarchist means specific moral standing. Part of it is 100% _self_ discipline. As I reject all external normative input, I also reject all moral support. There is no one in the world (or beyond) to tell me Petros, you are drunk. Go home. I may choose to listen, but I am not obliged to. This is insanely hard, to live like that and not to loose the bearing. Morally and emotionally it compares with the life in early medieval monastic order, only without their “moral exoskeleton”. You go without the crutches and you own your shit.
Neither theory nor introspection nor simple observation of fellow anarchists makes me think that more than 3-5% of the human population may embrace such life. Other human beings, freed (by anarchist revolution, I hope) from all kinds of coercion, will most probably frantically start re-creating their own political microcosms, rarely, if ever, compatible with anarchist concept of freedom.
Live and let live? Shall we?
So, if we cannot expect anarchism to dominate political realm of the planet, how can we design a political system, where people could organize themselves however they wish and at the same time communicate, cooperate and coexist in a safe and constructive way (mostly)?
Over several years, I tried various takes on this issue. You will find them linked here:
“To see the major difference between the unitary and confederate model od social organization, we will briefly compare one of the most traditional European models, Rule of St. Benedict Order of the Roman Catholic Church and a „protocols of freedom” that constitute the Internet. They show how extreme are differences between these approaches and how different are the resulting communities.”
“Working in the world of Internet, especially in it’s earlier days, when most of the backbone was still visible, not just to hackers, but to the average user, you could not avoid seeing systems everywhere.
The miracle of the Great Inter-Network in statu nascendi, making, through the magic of TCP/IP protocols, all various and incompatible local networks, systems, standards working together, talking leisurely and without apparent struggle, as if they come from the same compiler – that was SOMETHING. And quite inspiring, when I turned on a TV and could see people unable (or unwilling or both) to communicate clearly and to get the common ground for cooperation – or for a proper fight, at least!
And – what a coincidence – we are systems as well. As living creatures, we are autonomous systems. Our communities are systems. And the whole communication is described by rules of cybernetics – as it is for the internet. Everything would be right, if we only find a proper protocol…”