Wednesday, December 28, 2016

If Ever There Were A Credo For The Basis Of An Alternative To Capitalism


That credo would be the acronym "JFDI" coined by Chris Conder, a British Farmer, and revolutionary broadband provider. And in case you haven't figured it out yet JFDI stands for "just fucking do it;" where "do it," broadly speaking, is whatever needs to be done yourself, in cooperation with your neighbors, also just doing it themselves.

This is, in essence, what would be the foundation of loosely federated city states (where the term "city state" might encompass a broad range of small to medium large geographic areas) providing for themselves; at least for the most part. City States where the citizens are the managers, and maintenance people, of that city's productive capability; in charge of deciding what basics are produced, and then sharing the output equally to all who participate in that management and maintenance. Subsequently allowing each individual to make their own end use items themselves.

And if that sounds far fetched to you, you haven't been paying any attention at all at just how large the "DIY" movement on the internet is these days. Nor the degree of new technology involved with "DIY" that makes doing it yourself a great deal more than just plausible.

The real oddity here is how hard it is for everyone to see not only how Capitalism is screwing the rest of us, and the planet, but also itself, all to hell and gone. It's not sustainable. It makes us all ever more insane. And it sows the seeds of its own instability. If you are a thinking person at all, how on earth can you continue to support it?

The farmer who built her own broadband

  • 26 December 2016