Agrarian Rural Urban Synthesis – AgRUS
Uniting the two halves of humanity around Nature′s table
While humanity slow-crashes into itself and its natural environment, bottom up efforts to address the issues are gaining ground. Government by democracy, though a resounding failure in this hour of our need remains a cherished ideal. The only grand plan in play is managed by the architects of the banking establishment, spreading poverty and distress through the instrumentality of debt.
It is time to turn over a new leaf, to formulate a competing grand plan. There are core policies to address: agriculture, energy, economy, education, family, health, immigration, justice, security, society and water. But first we need a serious strategy, one both grand enough to redefine progress yet revive the Commons, to put the intelligence of the grassroots back into government.
The AgRUS strategy promotes a bottom-up, recursive approach which embodies the ethic of stewardship in both social and environmental terms. Just as Nature evolves around simple rules and expresses sustainability in all its ways, so human societies must learn to do the same. AgRUS provides a framework sufficient for groups to evolve their own model, using their resources according to their own understanding.
We see an urgent need for policies that encourage home owners into land-based joint settlement projects.
Platform 1: Articulate sustainability
The process called ‘natural selection’ in Darwin’s theory of evolution describes the choiceless adaptations of nature over time. A popular version of its underlying dynamic is the saying, “survival of the fittest”, also referred to as Social Darwinism. That misrepresentation simplifies life to a kind of economic knockout contest. Chaos Theory, a model developed in the ’60s, indicates a more inclusive interpretation … “survival by sustainability” … which emphasises mutuality over domination, cooperation over competition.
Platform 2: Affirm the Way
All of existence, including life itself, is an expression of consciousness, wherein biological evolution is a vehicle for the evolution of (awareness as) consciousness itself. Accordingly and inevitably a stage of evolution must eventually be reached when our ordinary awareness grasps the essence of that process and begins to explore it consciously.
Platform 3: Assert the Commons
Planet Earth is being sold off to Planet Market, a bankosphere enveloping world whose perversity has numbed our spirit and robotised our lives. The most potent and direct path to diverting this ‘pay to live’ future is in the hands of ordinary people. Cooperating as economic collectives within a principled framework their united efforts can transform more than their own lives.
Platform 4: Advance Sovereignty
The industrial influence upon food production has brought with it disastrous health consequences at every biological scale. The only assured recourse for reversing this trend is through grassroots food sovereignty. A self-autonomous land-food cycle at the personal and community levels is the precursor to other forms of sovereignty and wider autonomy.
The urgent ecological challenge is food, not fossil fuels
The ecological footprint of their food sectors is larger for most cities than their transport sectors.
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Joins forces with others. To find other committed pioneers join the AgRUS Network. Your initial aim should be the continuous building of trust among the group. Getting to understand people’s qualities takes time. Eat together, work alongside them. Social capital built while living in easier circumstances will help with the hurdles ahead
… to landing
Identify small towns, (Centres), where groups can base themselves to form a coöperative economy, (Hubs). Buying residential property collectively is unwarranted – private ownership means financial independence. Living in proximity is strategically important – for practising coöperation, setting up self-help projects like a time bank, CSA or food coöp and so on.
Rural resettlement: some terms/ AgRUS concepts
- farming area with good soil and water
- access to interesting conservation areas
- within half an hour of a base hospital
- no more than an hour and a half from a major airport
- town hall with an elected town council
- fire station & police station
- safe water supply
- public sports facilities
- complement of schools
- underutilised factory space
- a population of 3000-6000 people
- an elected council with a town hall
HUB: A group of people who have chosen to work on a particular project together.
Hubs grow based around a Centre. Personal property and employment arrangements remain conventional – some participants living within the town, others outside, even at some distance for the meantime.
Independent and autonomous, each follows its own economy and pursuits – defined within its Charter.
Any ministrations provided by the AgRUS Network would be voluntary. Experience suggests that a Hub should not exceed 600 participants.
CLUSTER: A local network of rural life-stylers dwelling in proximity. As private land-owners they integrate as they choose with like-minded others in their neighbourhood. Unlike the participants of a Hub they have no charter of association — not to suggest that it might not emerge.
CHARTER: the founding principles of a Hub which may include its aims, purpose and code of ethics – as seen fit.
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