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The talk by Bill Puka - Topic is Anarchism
1. It's not a talk but a discussion. I'll pose two notions for discussion.
2. Anarchism is the quaint notion that no one should be pushed around. That implies that when we organize into groups or communities, we have to do so voluntarily, by consensus (not majority rule), de-centralization is best to avoid a congealing of power in few hands, "small is beautiful" because mutual respect--real respect--is impossible on a larger than face-to-face level. (Luckily, videocommunication (Skyp) vastly extends the distance and size over which folks can communicate face to face.3. Experience has taught me that anarchism is feasible only if (a) people are educated in undermining their separate sense of ego (b) skilled at engaging others with good will (almost love) and if (c) people can learn to wield their interests like tools so that they can shift them to agree with those of others when conflict arises out of the strongest interest to wish for agreement and like-mindedness. No compromise needed. What's true for anarchy is true for any genuine democracy as opposed to political-state republics of timocracies like the US. All governments are anti-demcoratic by design, including those called democracies, because government and law step in when voluntary cooperation fail.
possible dinner at a local restaurant afterwards, feel free to plan to join in!