Landon Sunrich wrote:Andrew welcome to permies! Great questions for any young person to be asking in my view! I might just slip the site guildlines myself answering them
1) I would say (speaking personally) That anytime people can share a resource and cut down on the amount of money/taxed goods trading hands to instead really on trading and engaging their friends and community that they are scoring a point against 'the man'. This creates LOCAL ECONOMY which is as much if not more important an indicator of health than NATIONAL ECONOMY. In a world where half as much oil was used oil companies would have half as much power. If one where living in a suburban garden community working more at home and with ones neighbors one would use less gas. GDP and GDT (gross domestic tension) would likely go down GDS (gross domestic soil) and GDH (gross domestic happiness) would likely go up
2) You mean like squatting? Living without insurance electricity and running water? Not filing with the IRS?
4) Internet is so much better than public school. You can get the best teacher to lecture. You can have the kids take a standardized test. Have community centers where schools used to be. Keep the science halls and laboratories and libraries and gyms and ball courts and the teachers who are worth a damn and schedule regular events both for set age groups and internationally. People will find they're own click given time. School buses can become more local bus lines. Maybe the high school chemistry teacher only works 3 days a week - but all the people who are interested are free to select which labs and lectures they attend.
5) Regarding medicine. My feeling is that we should have a national healthcare system. A Public national healthcare system - for sprains, cuts, concussions, broken limbs, necessary surgeries, and dental. There can be private medical practices working in hyper specialized fields via a public/private partnership.
I think that individuals (in stark contrast to corporations) should be allowed to produce and consume anything they themselves have put in the effort into producing in its entirety. For instance, in my philosophical mindset I would be OK with the opium user who grew a half acre of food and a half acre of opium poppy from to sustain his or her wants/needs (actually having the will to due the work is their problem). People wanting to go about telling others what to take should be subject to some sort of standard education and licensing comparable to a 2 year degree. Likewise people wishing to grow medicinal (regulatable) crops such as opium poppies for the market should be subject to some minor paperwork similar to Organic certification and tracking/verification seed to sale to make sure its not all going to a bunch of 15 year olds or grown on a toxic waste dump. Personally I would like to see more emphasis put on integrating anatomy and physiological understanding into medicine with more emphasis on diet, stretching, and massage.
6) If for whatever reason I can't relate to and enjoy someones company I do not associate with them. If that person is actually causing problems for or exacting undue burdens on people who don't wish to deal with it then that becomes an issue that should be dealt with.
Naturally individuals are free to work together in consensual communities under common understandings.
I am for that.
andrew cadena wrote:
What i wanted to ask were some of the aspects of an intentional community compared to the nat'l economy.
1) What effect do intentional communities have on the nat'l economy?
2) Is it legal to have a anarchistic collective approach to the intentional community? Such as not having the gov't involved as much as possible, not really working against the government.
3) Some intentional communities have individual incomes, and some have a majority income; what are the pros/cons of both?
4) Private homeschooling sounds good, but what effect does it have on the children; and more so the rest of the economy if used everywhere?
5) Natural Medicine, again sounds great; but is it legal? Problems with using homeopathy?
6) Legal issues with setting up these intentional communities or turning people away due to convictions or disabilities and such?