Episode-1035- How I Would Personally Design a Sustainable Community
Summary: We just had Brian Newhouse on with a discussion on Permaville. Since then I have been reading his book and while I like a lot of it, there are some compoenents I don’t agree with. Such as having land “where no human may step”. Though my view is if anyone buys land individually or collectively it is their land to do with as they please. Hell there are definitely some parts of my heavily wooded 5 acres I haven’t stepped on, at least a few square feet of thick brambles or two. Of course it is by choice, not decree. This got me thinking that I have often described in pieces and parts what my vision for what we could call my own version of Permaville would be like but I have never described it deeply. So I am going to do that today. If you hear anything you think is “totally wrong” remember that anyone could build a community anyway they choose if you can find others to willing do it with you. Just to be clear my ideas here would be for my community and any rules or ways of things confined to the borders of a privately held piece of land. It is in no way how I think others should live. When it comes to my day to day life I am a libertarian, but when it comes to my ideology, I am a voluntarist, please keep that in mind today. Join Me Today As We Discuss… My community would be started from scratch so all involvement is voluntary There would only be 5 main rules 1st rule would be individuals may use personal property as they choose, period 2′nd rule would be people must attempt to solve problems directly first 3′rd rule seek community arbitration before “contacting authorities” 4th rule no one may harm another or take their property 5th rule common areas have their own rules The concept of private property and collective ownership Each land unit is one “share” of the whole Common areas are managed for community and commercial use Community needs before commercial gain Commercial gain is distributed based on share holdings Expenditures and purchases are voted on by share holders All “community dues” are voluntary Community dues can be sweat, commodity or monetary Functions, Goals and Operations Individual home sites in the 1 acre range Approximately 20% of total land should be common or infrastructure Property should be as off grid as possible (about regulations not polar bears) Lots are privately held and common areas are in a land based trust Common areas are use for community production, education and commercial production This isn’t a full picture just the basic components but I feel a society run this way would be tight nit, highly resilient and solve almost all of its own problems. Someday I may formalize this into a book and call it Perma Libertyville. Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum TSP Copper TSP Gear Shop Harvest Eating – (sponsor of the day) Free State Project – (sponsor of the day) Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.