PhiloFiction

Some Principles of Geocommunism

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1 Jan , 2020  

Nation-states dissolve into a global federation of dense cities counting one toten million and governed by the principle of subsidiarity. Large wilderness areasbetween these cities are left uninhabited, starting with today’s fragile ecosystems.All energy comes from renewables, all waste is recycled. Agriculture is done withinand close to urban areas, manufacturing is a steel. Labour exists only for thecommon good: three days of work a week suffice, retirement can be taken at forty. Housing, health care, education, arts, sports, transport are free. So are electricityand water, but they are severely limited compared to today. Medicine no longeraims at prolonging some lives desperately while letting others barely start: seventyyears of creative living will be quite enough. Things are made to last decades orcenturies. Computers, whose cyclical obsoleteness and ubiquity is nowideologically central to capitalism, will be clunky non-portable affairs. Exchange isencouraged insofar as it brings durables to those who can be more creativetinkering with them than previous owners. Television is no longer watched in households. Cars, air travel, red meat, exotic fruits, psychoactive drugs and jewellery are luxuries everyone has access to on an occasional basis, through asystem marked by fairness and generosity instead of competition and kinship. Contest and individual projects don’t disappear under Stoic collectivism, but merit and talent have a universalising not individualising impetus. One gains social recognition for his or her dedication to establishing humanity’s peculiar place in the cosmos, which can be done in countless ways.

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