Monday, November 26, 2012

An Oasis Admist the Decay

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In the Traditionalism thought space, we often decry the many failings of modernity. We lambast the discrete symbols of Western decline in the media, the sociopolitical conditioning of industrialism, and the inherent melancholy found within all modern institutions. Yet, for all those criticisms, we often fail to introduce new strategies to combat the downward trend.

We have a couple of major priorities, and numerous secondary objectives. The first priority is to establish a safe zone, one free from the tyrannies of mechanized, hyperactive lifestyles. Such a place would allow the nourishment of transcendental development and reflection. I established the attributes of such a community in a previous post. Without the ills of the cosmopolitan metropolis, including pollution, hypersocialization, and a lack of connection with the transcendental patterns found within physical organic nature, one would be capable of sustaining a new life devoted to kin, self-development, and ultimately a personal and societal renewal. That is not to say there are not already individuals who pursue a lifestyle grounded in Tradition, but the goal is to connect them with others and allow for mutual support in pursuit of this ideal.

How can we protect this safe place from those who would redirect it toward a more nihilistic path? In other words, how do we keep the Winter Civilization from encroaching upon the Spring colony? Firstly, I assert there must be a similar spiritual binding between the constituents of the community. I do not believe it is necessary to have all of them subscribe to the same faith or religion; in fact, the community should not discriminate on the basis of aesthetics but rather upon the essence of the personal philosophy of any individual who wishes to gain entrance. A test of sorts should be established in order to determine the character and inner beliefs of any new members to the community.

In terms of legal organization, the steering committee of the new colony should purchase all the land upon which the township rests. New members of the community would then purchase the land from the committee after having been affirmed to be of good character. However, the committee would institute an easement tied directly to the land in order to prevent the development of commercial institutions such as strip malls, fast food, and so forth. Such a model of easement has been utilized by the Vermont Land Trust to great effect.

In other words, we are establishing an intentional community. My hope is that a conservative, intentional community would by nature be a resilient community as well. The economics and logistics of the hypothetical community are ambiguous at this juncture, but I believe it would be important to include multiple modalities of economics instead of a monotone free-market doctrine. Such variants include the gift economy, the barter economy, and the use of cooperatives for purposes such as energy production, water treatment, and commercial activity. Again, I believe it is important to reiterate that the primary goal of the community is not economic development.

As the industrial system crumbles around them, the inhabitants of such a community would spring forth from the concrete ready to germinate the carcass of the West with the seeds of Tradition. I believe time is of the essence, and the sooner we go about establishing such a place, the sooner we will be capable of weathering the coming storm.

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