New Lanark

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In school, students learn about New Lanark as an experiment in utopianism.  But that’s stupid because it implies that the only utopianism that can possibly exist must be under the hand of a “benevolent dictator” who chooses to be kind to his subjects.

I don’t consider socialism to be a mere redistribution of wealth.  For me, that’s just welfare.  I think socialism goes deeper than that to the point where the workers of a mill collectively decide how it operates or something along those lines.

True communism is probably similar to the Hakka communes where people engage in collective decision-making within a common self-sustained environment.

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New Lanark

 

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High-Functioning Anarcho-Communism

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The self-sustained micro-communities created by the Hakka people of Fujian province are proof that egalitarianism and statelessness do not result in mass poverty or cannibalism.

via Fujian Tulou – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

These micro-communities were high-functioning (many equipped with sewage systems,) environmentally friendly, and adapt for self-defence.

They are inscribed as exceptional examples of a building tradition and function exemplifying a particular type of communal living and defensive organization, and, in terms of their harmonious relationship with their environment, an outstanding example of human settlement.

via Fujian Tulou – UNESCO World Heritage Centre.