Geo-Mutualist Panarchism: A Synopsis

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I propose a vision of society called “geo-mutualist panarchism.” This view is a combination of the mutualism of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, the classical liberalism of Henry George, and the panarchism of Paul Emile de Puydt, supplemented with libertarian and classical liberal theories of law and jurisprudence, and socialist approaches toward worker self-management and social involvement in decision-making. What would such a society look like?

In line with the panarchy of Paul Emile de Puydt, everyone would be able to choose to participate in whatever society it may be, governmental or anarchistic, without moving location, with the only limit to their success being economic viability. Democrats can subscribe to a democratic system of social management, Republicans to theirs, and the same of more radical communists or nationalists, and even of my beloved anarchists.

I support a treatise between these groups, with two balancing rules: the non-aggression principle and the principle of fair regard (as I propose in an essay of the same name on my site). Any disputes will be handled by interpretation of these principles by a jury chosen by lot, with proportional representation between all constituents. All disputes will be settled according to common law practice. Victim-insurance will be made readily available, with offenders who are caught responsible for the premium. Credit penalties will be the primary mechanism for law enforcement for non-violent offenses.

In order to enforce the treaty and execute agreements, there will be a system of functional branches, departments, and offices, including a civil registry, a mutual bank, a land trust, as well as a system of arbitration/courts, administration, and defense. The operation of these branches is to be detailed in a common constitution.

Official decisions will be decentralized according to the principle of subsidiarity, and made according to consensus. In cases of disputes and arbitration, the consensus will disinclude the parties to the dispute.

Everyone will have access to land and credit, and the mutual bank will remain in continual contact with the land trust. In accord with the philosophy of Henry George, a universal basic income will be supplied, and “public” goods will be subsidized by land values. To do this, the land trust will charge a location fee equal to the economic rent, and the mutual bank will issue dividends, after all collective expenses have been accounted for. According also the philosophy of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, money beyond this extent will be issued into the economy as interest-free loans. This system will ensure that everyone has access to land and money, and in proportion to their economic input.

Because everyone will have access to land and credit, workers will no longer need to rent themselves in order to survive. Instead, they will employ themselves as independent artisans or contractors, or in concert in cooperative enterprises, or they will be elected as officials in their respective collectives. Natural monopolies will be counter-balanced by bank-funded monopsonies of the same extent, and vice-versa. Bilateralism of this sort is intended to lead to an equilibrium cost price, and potential mutualization of the firm. Interest, rent, and profit will not exist. However, wages will rise for everyone, and everyone will be self-employed. Poverty and involuntary unemployment will be no longer.

Due to the massive reduction in privatized expendable surplus, wars will go unfunded and unfought. There will be no rich or poor, for one to persuade the other to do their killing. Political and national interests will have their costs internalized. They will be unable to force their will onto others, relegating political and national units to voluntary cultural preferences (in other words, one may be Republican or Democrat, communist or nationalist, but only “in form,” not “in substance;” all political and national units become “flavors” within a spectrum, or “colors,” of mutuality).

Repressed racial groups, which currently make up a large portion of the working class, will cease to be relegated into an involuntary caste, lacking upward class mobility, and will instead benefit from the egalitarianism of a free economy, which naturally destroys cultural privileges when it destroys their economic privileges.

Women will be free to live in whatever way they see fit. Economic plentitude will do away with many of the disputes between the sexes.

Geo-mutualist panarchism is a system of voluntary associations confederated under a treatise of non-aggression and fair regard, and enforced according to a simple constitution, which delegates powers to functional branches, departments, and offices, for the purpose of registering constituents, fairly allocating land, and issuing credit, as well as for the sake of administration, arbitration, and defense, with decisions being made according to consensus. Land and credit will be made available to everyone, effectively ending wage-slavery, poverty, involuntary unemployment, war, affective racism, and greatly reducing sexual tension. Political and national identities will be reduced from forced identities to cultural preferences.

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