Re-Creating Community

Intro

Brian Gibson, a graduate from Fanshawe College London ON with a BAA in Integrated Land Planning Technology, does not give the readers of his blog ZoneOfsilence the opportunity to reply on his articles, though he says always to be glad to meet new people! Having people reacting on blogarticles makes that we get not only to know other people their ideas, it might give opportunities to find like minded souls who do not mind sharing their ideas regularly and perhaps becoming more acquainted.

Perhaps he does not allow replies because he also writes about Biblical matters, which would cause perhaps too many arguments or too much spam postings and horrible letters, though for that last bit he should not fear because he looks to be a trinitarian Christian. He does not see that Jesus really died as a man of flesh and blood, who showed his wounds to the ones who did not believe he as a man could stand up from death, because his Father (not he himself) took him out of death.  In He Is Risen! he himself acknowledges the unbelieving Thomas wanted to be sure and see and feel the nail marks in his hands, and put his finger where the nails were, and put his hand into Jesus his side.

Unbelief

It is such unbelief that still goes on in this world. Many people do not want to believe Christ Jesus (Jeshua) did die and was taken from the dead by his Father, the only One God. This son of God and son of man from Nazareth, who is not the God, taught about a better way of living, but not many were interested. Today there are also not many interested in that way of life that this young master rabbi and prophet of God taught.

Unbelief in a better political system

In Roman times lots of people also did not want to belief in the better un-political system, which gave way to more social rules. Many were so afraid of the changes this master teacher brought that they were prepared to silence him for ever. But they were mistaken, they did not silence his words, because they continued to spread (fast) all over the world and got many interested followers, who first became called The Way and afterwards Christians.

The first Christians, or followers of Jeshua, today better known in the English speaking countries as Jesus Christ (which impiously means: Hail Zeus the Messiah), started creating communities where every body shared as brother and sister. It was a sort of ‘communism‘ ‘avant la lettre’.

Corruption and Organising together

The form of organising and sharing ideas to build up a liveable community frightened many people. Many also did not like to stay in such open communities because they where afraid they could not make enough earnings for their own. Private capital gain pulled them away and were soon the stumbling block for many.

Two millennia later not much is changed. Lots of people who call themselves Christians do not really follow the teachings of that Nazarene man, which many made to their god, but do not accept his words nor the words of his Father, the only One Jehovah God of gods.

Today in the industrialist countries many cities talk about economic development, being an enterprising and forward-thinking community grasping for the future, but they slip backwards in so many ways against their surrounding neighbours, and competitors. The political intrigues of the Roman empire are still the same today and we do find also fraudulent people in charge of the local community, parish, village, town or city and others who want to make use as much as they can of other persons to enrich themselves at the cost of the workers. In many countries we also see several political parties  and labour unions which have battled through several political scandals in the past months.

Many people are getting fed up with the current situation of ongoing crisis and ‘corpulent’ corrupt governments. Because something definitely needs to be done they feel they should react and hope more people would react, but so many are pleased with the bread and games (the working sop from the Roman times) that they prefer to stay seated in their easy chair.

Fostering a political participation

Today people are still frightened or unbelieving, like the apostle Thomas in the first century CE, by the idea to foster a political environment where all citizens could and would be willing to participate in. I, like many others in Europe, would like to see more openness and demand greater citizen engagement. This will include that we all need to be willing to work harder to give the honest truth of a situation, no matter how good or bad it makes us look. And we must be as willing to call out bad behaviour by someone we support the same  as someone we don’t.

We all should understand that communities are bounded by time and should constantly adapt themselves to the different situation. Growing stale is no opportunity.

As our scope of consciousness has broadened, more people will face questions of where their place in the world is, what the role of their community has in their lives, and how they fit into their community and the bigger picture.

In a world of freedom

The older generation can see the younger generation enjoying a new freedom by becoming unrestrained from the societal constraints of previous generations, from expectations of joining certain clubs/associations, political parties, religious institutions. But at the same time, they notice how the youngsters or middle-aged citizens may be becoming detached from the societal pillars that are foundational to their communities.

I have the impression that Brian Gibson understands that our greatest challenge as a global generation may be re-finding where we belong, and re-discovering the role we have to play in building the community we want for the future. and this is an important task given to the new forces, the early ‘twentiers’ and those youngsters who want to go into politics.

Re-discovering our roots

I also have the impression that in many countries we can find several people, communities and cities working to re-discover their roots in this new global reality, to work to truly see themselves even as they try to find their place.

Several democratic countries worked further on a broader “open government” encouraging officials to make structured data sets available in order to create new private and public value and creating more transparency for the citizens. work has been made to rely more on the power of information rather than on enforcement of rules and standards or financial inducements to alter choices.

World of information

Because consumers may not be so much interested in all the additional information and  may not understand or see the value of the information offered, lots of companies are also not so interested to provide such additional necessary information or to follow up the orders of the government. We can see many who may not act in accord with policy makers’ aims. Likewise, target companies such as food manufacturers, car companies, hospitals or airlines may not take note of consumers’ changed choices, may not understand them or, if they do, many not act in accord with policy makers’ aims. Some have argued that  government has only a small role to play in mandating transparency because market pressures create sufficient incentives for businesses to provide accurate information to consumers. We also notice that  information asymmetry pushes markets away from socially optimal outcomes. People are more and more feeling they are getting out of control or that the state can not get everything in control and they have to secure themselves.

Today the participants in this turn around world drive in different gears and their ‘computers’ or ‘software programs’ are not adjusted to each other.

A loosing world

So called communist countries, like China, seem to be getting a harder and enforced  capitalist system than our industrial and business world.  We might see “Developing” countries being lifted slowly out of grinding poverty, but at what prize?

Brian Gibson reflected on stories Glen Pearson and Marty Levesque told him about their experiences in Sudan and El Salvador.

Although through relief and long-term efforts, “developing” countries are being lifted slowly out of grinding poverty, they are also losing something of themselves in the process, something we may have already lost. While countries we consider developing (and therefore unfinished projects) are gaining something of a middle class and relative wealth, they may be losing their sense of community as the individual becomes self-sufficient, self-satisfied and self-secure. The countries we consider “developing” may have a great deal to teach us about ourselves, about what we have lost, what we must find again to be truly whole and healthy societies.

Time for Hippie time again

A little van in hippie style calling for brotherly love and peace

For me, what is important to us, is to remember the stories of our parents and grand parents, their experiences in the first and second World War, the stories we heard and could taste in our hippie years. Many of us encountered people in some of the worst conditions imaginable, but they also found a truly astounding community. Activist and author Shane Claiborne, leading figure in the New Monasticism movement and one of the founding members of The Simple Way in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,  in his book “The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical” writes:

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The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne published in 2006

Everyone relied on each other, and trusted that everyone would do all they were able to do, the more able taking care of the less, with Mother Teresa, as old and frail as she was, washing the feet and caring for the lepers in the community.

He worked a.o. alongside Mother Teresa during a 10-week term in Calcutta and spent 3 weeks in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team (a project of Voices in the Wilderness and Christian Peacemaker Teams).

He re-examined his Christian roots and believes, like me, Ched Myers and  Lee Camp that mainstream Christianity has moved away from its origins, namely the core teachings and practices of Jesus such as turning the other cheek and rejecting materialism.

In his search and going to the live under poor people in India he found that people still could feel much more love for each other than in the rich countries.

It was a community with so very little to share, relying heavily on the generosity of others for the supplies needed to sustain them. Yet every member seemed to know exactly where their place was, and the collective had a deep sense of self and purpose.

Shane Claiborne speaking in 2007

That is one of the main problems today that many people do not know their place any more in the community. Mites, schoolboys do not speak any-more of chums and as greenhorn they think they invented the gunpowder.

Materialism and radicalism

Lots of Christians also have gone far away from the teachings of their so called leader Christ. A truly Christian lifestyle is since the 1990s far away to look for. There are perhaps not enough Christians who in the back of their head know how they ought to be living, but they are afraid to do in such away and even more afraid to let their opinion be known to others. In certain countries we see that some radical Christians get a totally different opinion of the Judeo-Christian values.

Jesus opposed materialism and those who call themselves should also know the true value of life. In his work Claiborne proposes also a lifestyle which rejects materialism and nationalism. According to my and his opinion we should work again on a system which is in accord with the teachings of Jesus Christ. For those who do not believe in God nor Christ, they could consider the historical figure Jeshua and look at the Nazarene man as one of the many opposers of a certain system, and one of those many political thinkers. The Jew Jeshua, or Jesus, emphasized living in loving and close community with believers and non-believers. today you could transpose that to living together of the few Christians and the majority non-Christians,  willing to have a voluntary redistribution of wealth along the lines of Early Christianity. All sorts of religious people, no matter which religion, humanists and atheists should be able to get together and work out a system where socially and environmentally conscious consumer choices are made, all based on love for the creation and love for all humans.

Radical or anarchist

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William Blake in a portrait by Thomas Phillips (1807)

In Do we have to be an anarchist to react I already pointed to the question if a contesting or reacting Christian would be or would not be, a radical or an anarchist or just a protester. Ched Myers, Lee Camp and Shane Claiborne are considered as being Christian radicals. Gerrard Winstanley, William Blake and Gustavo Gutiérrez may be considered by many as examples of nonviolent radicalists. Every true Christian, when he would like to react against a system or oppose some ideas, should do that in a pacifist manner. Every Christian, namely, should oppose any use of violence, such as war.

Relationship between citizens and their elected representatives

After the second World War perhaps we have come into a period where lots of people are starting to doubt their changes of a good life when they shall be older. the relationship between the citizens and the people they voted for stands nearly on nil. But the foundation of our contemporary democracy was build on the relationship between citizens and their elected representatives. The complexity of policy and the scale of legislative districts is been challenged more to that relationship; however, the Internet in principle offers a means for energizing a reciprocal consultative process between representatives and represented. Unfortunately, to date this is still more potential than reality. The Internet according to some is hardly a panacea for creating a more civil society. When we look at certain discussions I understand why they think that way. Much of the current online discussion about political matters is anything but civil. It is essential to design new technologies that help foster deliberation and respect while still maintaining vigorous debate and free speech. Free speech should be guaranteed and respected by all involved in the debate.

Many voters are frustrated and divided on policy questions. They trust neither party. They are disheartened by toxic partisan rhetoric, pro-rift parties, and don’t know where to turn for wisdom on the significant decisions before them in the upcoming election.

Northeastern University professor David Lazer and his colleagues of political science and computer science, noted that voters often end up electing candidates without knowing their true positions on critical issues.
He acknowledged that legislators might tailor their messages to particular audiences on Facebook or Twitter, but explained, “The Internet often does not allow for targeting messages to micro segments of your audience. So, if you’re going to post stuff that wins more votes, rather than loses votes, it has to be bland.”

The study also found that the general public is rarely asked what features they like to see on their representatives’ websites, whether through online surveys or focus groups.
It’s a troubling sign for Lazer, who said communication between legislators and constituents is key to the health of our democracy.

“One would hope that the Internet would facilitate a robust discourse between representatives and citizens, and that the official websites would be an opportunity for representatives to spur and engage in that discussion,” said Lazer. “But we’re not really seeing that.” {http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2010/9/congressional-websites-muddy-stands-on-issues}

The growth of social media is making it even easier for residents to connect with their Regional government, but the question is if that is going to bring back a better relation between the voters and the people active on the political front. Though we might see that public engagement sells nowadays. Many politicians have found the way to the internet world and focus more on on multi-channel customer contact while trying to make the best use of these channels. Some focus on the technology available to manage their public engagement but most of them are interested in providing a better customer service through improved communication and engagement.

Starting movements

Events like the financial meltdown as well as political strife and unrest can start movements global in scope, including the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, bringing people together under common cause. However, my hope is that we may start to come back together even in times of relative stability, instead of drifting back apart. How that may happen though, is much more difficult to answer.

writes Brian Gibson who  is working to be more civilly engaged and thinks that small steps can turn into big action.

If we endeavour to become more invested in where we live, it can help us get closer in tune with ourselves as well as the community that shapes us.

Becoming more invested where we live

George Lakoff and Mark Johnson write:

The concepts that govern our thought are not just matters of the intellect. They also govern our everyday functioning, down to the most mundane details. Our concepts structure what we perceive, how we get around in the world, and how we relate to other people. Our conceptual system thus plays a central role in defining our everyday realities. {“Metaphors We Live By” (1980).}

We still can find people who dare to try out some new concepts and do not think like they think that Argument is war. In the worst economic crisis since 70 years they do not let them depressed and stopped but find that there is been created a unique situation with unique opportunities. With the rise of internet many also find that the reachable knowledge is the passport which can take us to share our life with many people, and that we can be fed in many forms by our brothers and sisters of Earth.
Again we can find people who try to make a pilot model demonstration of how to live in a real New World consciousness of sharing on all levels: spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.

The public has become much more globally aware, and there are a number of groups that monitor corporations closely. These groups have the conditions of the world in mind. They think about the social issues of the world, such as labor laws and the exploitation of workers. They are also concerned with environmental issues, such as the rainforests disappearing.

Corporations are now held accountable not just by the government, but also by the public. Corporate responsibility must now take into account how dealings with customers, shareholders and employees are seen by the world. Large global corporations know that people are watching them and that any wrongdoing will not go unnoticed.

The earth

Perhaps there are not many who are still concerned with the future of the earth, but those interested are more firm to react. The truth is that many things on which our future health and prosperity depend are in dire jeopardy: climate stability, the resilience and productivity of natural systems, the beauty of the natural world, and biological diversity. they know it and want to convince others to be more conscious and to take care much more. they are aware that “Managing the planet” has a nice a ring to it. It appeals to our fascination with digital readouts, computers, buttons and dials. But the complexity of Earth and its life systems can never be safely managed. The ecology of the top inch of topsoil is still largely unknown, as is its relationship to the larger systems of the biosphere. Much has still to be explored and the states do have to give more money to allow such exploration and safeguarding.

Citizen Deliberation

Diverse citizens should come together and debate about the different measures their government is willing to take, hearing advocates for the measures and against them, and compare them. Participants should perfectly mirror the socio-demographic traits of the larger population from which they come to make a good balance. We also have to solve the present unequal participation which remains as representative democracy’s “unresolved dilemma.” One must also consider the extent to which initiatives succeed (or not) in promoting the participation of previously marginalized sectors of society (i.e. inclusiveness).

…deliberation is expected to lead to empathy with the other and a broadened sense of people’s own interests through an egalitarian, open-minded and reciprocal process of reasoned argumentation. Following from this result are other benefits: citizens are more enlightened about their own and others’ needs and experiences, can better resolve deep conflict, are more engaged in politics, place their faith in the basic tenets of democracy, perceive their political system as legitimate, and lead a healthier civic life. Carpini, Michael X. Delli

Arend Lijphart says:

unequal participation remains as representative democracy’s “unresolved dilemma.” Even more unfortunately, underlines Lijphart, inequalities in representation and influence “are not randomly distributed, but systematically biased in favor of more privileged citizens (…) and against less advantaged citizens”.

writes:

As citizen engagement gains traction in the open government agenda, inclusiveness should be one of the top priorities: both from normative and empirical standpoints, more inclusive initiatives are likely to produce better outcomes.

As long as people say ‘that is for later’, ‘not our concern’ or think another is going to solve the problems, there is not much going to change.

Our greatest challenge as a global generation may be re-finding where we belong, and re-discovering the role we have to play in building the community we want for the future. {Brian Gibson}

It is high time now to remodel our system and to re-create a community worth living in. We should come back to a world where good wages are given and where all people in the community will  be paid the dignity and well being of human beings. We should make everyone aware again of the value of the environment, the safety of people and animals.

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Preceding articles:

Angry at the greedy state

Do we have to be an anarchist to react

Impact of the crisis on civil society organisations in the EU – Risks and opportunities

Eurobarometer: Citizens Engaged in Participatory Democracy

Citizen University and the difference between Citizenship and Activism

Daniel Guérin: Three Problems of the Revolution (1958)

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  • Belief and Unbelief (padresteve.com)
    I know many people, believers of different faiths and unbelievers alike who believe with unrequited certitude. They outwardly proclaim what they believe as absolute and those who do mot believe like them are to be pitied or maybe even despised. While many will make that kind of proclamation I wonder how many believe with the certitude of their public statements be they a “believer” or an unbeliever.
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    I believe that if Christians believe that we must honestly acknowledge the limitations that we have in understanding even what we claim to believe. We have to believe that there is in light of this limitation that we do not know “all truth” or even that we fully understand the limited amount that we actually can study or observe, or for that matter that we even correctly interpret those strongly held beliefs, be they religious, political, scientific or philosophical. That goes for the Christian, any other religious person, as well as the Pagan or the Atheist. Harry Callahan once said “a man’s got to know his limitations.”
  • The dissipation of the working class and the diminishing Left
    Capitalism is the driving force of the individualism which has become the consciousness of our shared social space. At this time in modernity we are far evolved from the traditions of the past when we shared in the values of our neighbours.
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    It is the historical story of the Radical Left, which contains the sources of political ideologies and the philosophies that bestows one with the conviction to continue the political struggle for social justice. The liberation from despotic regimes by revolt, the triumph of reason over religious indoctrination, self realisation over social oppression, anti-capitalist sentiment and collectivism are all core principles which drives one towards the goal for solidarity. Politics is a received consciousness, not a shared consciousness.

  • 92: Julia Mickenberg’s Learning from the Left

    According to Mickenberg, it was possible for children’s literature to become the medium of transmission for 1930s radicalism partly because it was a largely feminine domain of the book world.

  • Populism in Central Europe – challenge for the future
    Populism is a complex challenge to our democratic political systems, even more so in times of crisis. The contributions from experts on this topic from six Central and Eastern European countries are now available to download, the result of a GEF seminar on this topic organised last October with the support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and in cooperation with the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. The debate explored the characteristics of populist phenomena in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • From Darwinian Conservatism: ‘Nietzsche–Aristocratic Radical or Aristocratic Liberal?’
    Leo Strauss attributed modernity’s intellectual degradation to the influence of some great philosophers in the history of political thought who radically broke with classical political thinking. In doing so, Strauss believed, these thinkers either directly or indirectly contributed to the emergence of historicism and positivism, and he held these movements accountable for spineless relativism, nihilism, and modernity’s moral and intellectual demise.’

  • More Bigger Radicalism Now
    I get the feeling that many people don’t give a toss about trying to do something even remotely different. From my experience, many people just want to do ‘good plays well’ and don’t consider ways in which theatrical, cultural and political boundaries can be crossed.

  • The Republican Cannibals: People Who Need People
    You’ll hear a lot from the right-wing Republican herd about “the market” or more preposterously “liberty” but the oleaginous ideological rhetoric is smokescreen for or perhaps lipstick on a very gluttonous pig: a fancy cover, in their imagination at least, for feudalistic apologia and pus-filled plutocracy.
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    opposition to a minimum wage is a given,  for what regard should be paid the dignity and well being of human beings perceived only as stereotypes and woebegone abstractions against the Republican defended interests of big business and ownership? Who cares about the safety of workers if it inconveniences their employers? It isn’t the victims of faulty products that kill or maim who earn the sympathy and protection of this political brand: it is those who make the product and profit.

  • Varieties of Right-Wing Extremism in Europe
    Beginning with an analysis of the complex relationship between fascism and the post-war extreme right, the book discusses both contemporary parties and the cultural and intellectual influences of the European New Right as well as patterns of socialization and mobilization. It then analyses the effects of a range of factors on the ideological development of right-wing extremism including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, religious extremism and the approach towards Europe (and the European Union).

  • Medieval Spanish ghost town becomes self-sufficient ecovillage – 11 min Doc

    Inspirational story about a group of young idealistic Spaniards who decided to rebuild a medieval village.  This might be a glimpse of our own future. Sustainability, simplicity, communal values, etc.

  • Anarchism, Socialism & Libertarianism: Alternatives for Peace
    Scott Crow (Anarchist) debates a Libertarian and a Socialist.“I don’t want a kinder gentler capitalism; I don’t want a kinder gentler government…We don’t need either of them.” — Scott Crow
  • WTF is anarchism? Lend me your ears… and together we will change the world
    please don’t let the word “insurgents” put you off. Revolutionary Americans fighting Redcoats were “insurgents” long before the news decided to use that label for Al Qaeda/Taliban.

  • Between Anarchism and Marxism: the beginnings and ends of the schism
    The standard approach, endorsed by orthodox Marxists and many anarchists, is to see an irreconcilable difference between anarchism and Marxism. However, the historical record shows that whilst Marx opposed – and was opposed by – leading anarchists prior to 1917 there was considerable positive interaction between diverse Marxist and anarchist groups.

  • Folkanarchism and free Communism
    Before the 20th century the word “communism” was not equal to Marxism and the Russian bolshevism with its rigid and authoritarian state-socialism. The term can be traced back to the French revolution and early revolutionary theorists such as Gracchus Babeuf (1760-1797). During that time “communism”represented the return to the organic community of voluntary human relations. The idea that primitive men knew a long period of “primordial-communism” was not limited to the writings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. This idea was shared among almost all great classic historians from Greece to China, and is an essential part of the mythological history of almost all cultures of the world.
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    The modern world is torn apart by two contradictory tendencies; one towards social death and the other towards the birth of a new society. While centralization and depersonalisation increase within the dominant globalized society, the concentration of capital increases because of the creation of multinationals and local initiative are being replaced by the central (supranational) state, life becomes increasingly unreal, meaningless and empty. However there are still people who have had enough of living a life without any meaning and all over the globe from time to time we witness uprises against alienation. Where the dominant powerstructure of capitalism fails, the general tendency is to replace it with free communism because people revert to basic initiative from the community.

    The crisis of modern civilization is a phenomenon that is continiously without the benefit of an ideology. The call for freedom, the tendency towards the own family, the community and the people are mainly rudimentary and social instinctives.

  • The News Media: False Prophets of our Time? (prophecyinperspective.com)
    It is interesting that the news media in America and Europe today mainly takes a leftist, or liberal view of reality. They are predominately pro-abortion and pro-redefinition of traditional marriage, pro-global government and anti-Christian, and anti-Israel. They also tend to be anti-capitalistic and generally support leftist causes around the world. Again, they seem to be among the false prophets of our time!!
  • Appointed to Serve! (work4christ.wordpress.com)
    Our ignorance and unbelief often stand in the way of our relationship with Christ. When we allow ourselves to follow the ways of the world, we prove just how vulnerable we really are. We are immoral, we are liars, we break our promises, we are impatient, greedy, and selfish – simply because we are human and were born into sin.
  • Don’t stop (dreaming of Utopia)The birds outside are praising the beginning of the day /  while in the prisons thousands of men are being tortured only for dreaming of a better world
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    Let’s stop humilliation / Let’s take control / again / over our lives /  Let’s make the world / a green and clean place / for our sons.
  • Concentration
    Jesus and Paul were determined in what they each were born to do; and no matter what attacks or opposition and discouragement they each faced, nothing was allowed to shatter their individual end-purpose. Moreover, when predicaments were thrust upon them, their responses to the situations made all the difference. Their responses were higher than just being positive; they stayed confident in God and remained full of faith. Fix your eyes, your life, and your heart to the point even of contemplating on a picture of the goal that lies ahead of you. Then keep going. Concentrate your attention. (Heb 12:2; Phil 3:12).
  • Communism, Socialism, Marxism… Open Your Eyes!

    I guess I will never know why any ‘ism’ sounds appealing to liberals. 

    I’m sure that even after seeing pictures and hearing first hand of the misery,  fear and hunger that people go through on a daily socialism or any ‘ism’ is just peachy.

    I grew up in a community that was predominantly Cuban and learning their stories made me more aware of how government can ruin a beautiful country. Not until I was older did I truly understand how hurt all my Cuban friends must have been leaving their families behind to come to a better country and give their children opportunities that they no longer had.

  • Marx and his legacy (part 1): Communist society and human nature
    People have been talking, discussing, disgusting, idolizing, criticizing and a lot of other “-ings” about Karl Marx since 19th century. Since a whole lifetime might be not enough to “scientifically” understand this terrific figure, and I have only a lifetime, I choose to approach him by my personal viewpoint-which is of course biased and might provide some incorrect interpretations of his ideas due to my intellectual limits.+Marx’s answer is the new society, which with abundance of materials and machines will free human from working for existence, allow them to have more free time to get back to his nature. There will be no division of labour as well, and so there’s no painters, economists, or whatever. There will be only people painting, or researching economics. In his own words,  one might not be Raphael, but one with the ability to be Raphael will become Raphael in communist society. Human will only do jobs by his free will, not bonded by the need of existence. Everyone works like an artist: do what you like at your convenience.

    What he did not explain is how a new system, without an effective division of labour as the human race has reinforced since the very primitive society, can generate abundant wealth for the whole human being. He must have assumed that at the very ripe stage of communism, everyone should be extremely self-conscious of themselves: they know what they can do best, and want to do that. They must feel labour is a prime want not a must in order to exist.

  • Russian revivals and partying like its 1929
    Something about the oppressed communist cousins across the channel sparks something romantic in us. We view the tyrannical era of eastern europe through a rose tinted lens owing to the difficult nature in which the art that snuck through came to life. Imagine being told what you were allowed to write, publish, perform, even do and if you strayed from the righteous path of promoting the establishment with suitable propaganda or even dared for one moment to question the suitability of the governing body and their methods of jurisdiction, you would shortly find yourself up against a wall face to face with their jurisdiction and shot. That is terrifying. And consequently some of the most acute and insightful literature was born. And it’s still read, watched and used to reflect upon our own cultures failings as we still feel the crushing effects of recession and “Austerity britain” (a concept as old as these originals and as farcical as their surreal fictional-couldn’t-possibly-happen-in-real-life-oh-no events).

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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