Similarities and Differences Between
the Two Concepts of Community
- Both the Cooperative Commonwealth Community concept and Chris Hedges' concept of community recognize that trying to reform the totally failed capitalist system is a waste of time.
- Whereas Hedges sees the model for survival communities in the Medieval Roman Catholic monasteries, we take as our model the communities of the Pythagoreans and the Platonists in Classical Greece.
- Hedges: "All infrastructures we build, like the monasteries in the Middle Ages, should seek to keep alive the intellectual and artistic traditions that make a civil society, humanism and the common good possible."
- CCC: "Efforts toward a benevolent social order have been made by more advanced persons and groups such as Pythagoras' community at Krotona, Plato's Academy, Jesus' preaching of the sovereignty of a Higher Realm, Hypatia's Neo-Platonic school at Alexandria, and the colonial leaders' creation of the United States."
- Both concepts agree that we "should seek to keep alive the intellectual and artistic traditions that make a civil society, humanism and the common good possible."
- Both concepts advocate general non-violent means of responding to capitalist anarchy, but agree that there are times "when human beings are forced to respond to mounting repression with violence."
- Concepts of community enclaves:
- Hedges: "If we build self-contained structures, ones that do as little harm as possible to the environment, we can weather the coming collapse. This task will be accomplished through the existence of small, physical enclaves that have access to sustainable agriculture, are able to sever themselves as much as possible from commercial culture and can be largely self-sufficient. These communities will have to build walls against electronic propaganda and fear that will be pumped out over the airwaves. Canada will probably be a more hospitable place to do this than the United States, given America's strong undercurrent of violence. But in any country, those who survive will need isolated areas of land as well as distance from urban areas, which will see the food deserts in the inner cities, as well as savage violence, leach out across the urban landscape as produce and goods become prohibitively expensive and state repression becomes harsher and harsher."
- CCC: Working within small communities and taking control over the essential functions:
"Once they had screened and trained a small group, they would move to a small town, continue announcing the community on the Internet, screen and train new applicants, creating the structure for the community, and gradually take control of the town, transforming it into a commonwealth community. There wouldn't be anything underhanded about this procedure. As members were screened, trained, and admitted to the cooperative, they would unostentatiously buy homes and businesses or professions in the town, becoming residents and active citizens."