January 23rd, 2015
Many of society’s problems today can be solved by an anarcho-communist society. Many capitalist countries claim that they and their systems are the best in the world, yet look at all of the poor, and even more than that look at all of the horrible slave-like conditions their economies create in other countries. I say a moneyless, barterless, resource based economy would vastly improve the lives of many people.
With capitalism the main goal is to increase profits; this results in paying workers as little as they can get away with, and manufacturing a product as cheaply as they can, usually designed to break or wear down quickly, making people have to repurchase again soon, so the companies can get even more profit. This creates poor quality products, massive amounts of waste, and people getting paid barely enough to live if even enough.
Anarcho-communism proposes a society that instead of focusing on gaining more and more of some meaningless currency to better one’s life by taking advantage of the work of many; A system where people work for the betterment of everyone in the society, knowing that everyone else who is capable, works for the betterment of them. Everyone’s needs being met, no one taking advantage of anyone else.
Currently the USA wastes 40% of its food, it’s citizens just throw it out; and yet according to worldhunger.org in 2012, 5.7 percent of U.S. households (7.0 million households) had very low food. Why and how is it that a country throwing away 40% of its food could have 7 million households going hungry? Clearly this system needs to be improved or switched out for a better one.
I have, in my own way, been living an anarcho-communist lifestyle for the past 9 years. I get a substantial part of my food from the local Chino Valley foodbank, which gets its food from grocery stores who give their food to it that they would otherwise be dumping as they are too close to their expiration dates. This way of receiving food is only a more sanitary form of Freeganism, gaining food through dumpster diving. This is not saying anything bad against those stores. I commend them, for they are on the right track, having food nicely separated and on shelves is far better than having to wade through a dumpster, and shows responsibility and compassion for the community. I point out the connection to show one form in which I am already living in a moneyless and better way.
I also grow some of my own food; it takes nearly no time, less than five minutes a day watering, and that is it, other than that I ignore my plants. If anyone comes to my house seeking food, I give them their fill, for I have more food than I could ever eat. That is right, I am able, with throw away food from the grocers, and plants that I ignore all day, to produce enough food for around six people a month, and I live alone. So, with that being the case, why should anyone on this planet, and especially in this country, go hungry?
The fact is they shouldn’t. Each of us, using up only five minutes a day, is able to grow not only enough food for ourselves, but to feed the whole world many times over. If people would stop believing lies told to them by capitalists, and would just start experimenting with plants, this truth would be evident and irrefutable. Then realizing that if we work as a community, and freely share our excess with others, we can feed ourselves for free. The notion of, “I have to work to feed my family.” will disappear, and be replaced with the knowledge that we can already feed our families.
In January 2012 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development annual point-in-time count found that 633,782 people across America were homeless. Yet in the USA there is eight empty homes for every one homeless person. It is only due to capitalism that those people are homeless and that those homes are people-less. It makes no sense for there to be empty homes just sitting there, becoming weathered, and decomposing, while there are families sleeping on the cold streets. The only reason it is like this, is banks or realtors are asking more money for these homes than people have, people not having enough money because of their employers not paying them enough as stated above.
Having homes without people is a waste of resources. A society which recognised that a home is only useful if it is sheltering someone, and that recognised people have better, more healthier, productive lives when they have a home; would make sure that everyone freely had a place to sleep. A moneyless society would realize this, and clearly homelessness could be ending today with homes left over to spare.
Of course since everything would be free, education would be free, professors, just like everyone else, having all of the things they need and want to live comfortably; would share their knowledge freely with the community. And more than that, everyone, in their own way can be a professor; for we all know something, be it a trade, a skill, or some expertise on a subject matter, history, sports, religious, whatever it may be. The entire community can educate each other.
With modern automation, people wouldn’t even have to work that hard. Most repetitive, and hard labour can be done by machines these days, and without a fear of, “But if I do not work, how will I support my family?” Because everyone will know that we have more than enough to freely support each other, people will no longer worry about losing their jobs to automation, and will welcome this removal of labour. This automation will result in people having to work less, giving everyone more time for recreation, hobbies, education and enterprise for the sake of knowledge and achievement, leading to a more intelligent and relaxed people, and more scientific accomplishments. Yes this is all possible once we realize we do not have to fight the machines for our livelihood because our needs are provided for as a human right.
I could go on, but this assignment only allows me 45 minutes to argue my case, and one could not possibly cover every aspect of society in 45 minutes. I therefore leave the reader with what I have written thus far, as small examples of things which can be improved by such a society as anarcho-communism would allow for, and I hope that through these examples, they will be able to envision a world where things can be better, and that vision will give them hope.
Hunger in America: 2014 United States Hunger and Poverty Facts. World Hunger Education Service (WHES). Web. January 23rd 2015. <http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/us_hunger_facts.htm>
The 2012 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness. 2012 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report. Washington, D.C.: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2012.
January 23rd, 2015