Vision Statement

This blog is based on the vision of a society without hierarchies (a hierarchy is defined as a system where control is systemic and directed). This is closely related to the Prime Directive (do not impose harm): everywhere we see imposed harm, we see hierarchies directing that harm, from poverty to crime to war and starvation.

The apparatus of society should not serve the interests of the elite, but rather the interests of every individual. Equality and freedom should be our guiding principles. Based on this, the institutions in such a society should follow the values and principles of consent, cooperation, liberty, human rights, justice, well-being, and respect of human nature.

Here are some examples of how this vision is instantiated:

Instead of government, local self-determination.
Instead of the country, small nested geo-political units.
Instead of the city, socialized land use.
Instead of capitalism, libertarian socialism.
Instead of law enforcement, enforcement of rules that protect everyone.
Instead of revenge, restitution and the elimination of the causes of crime.
Instead of organized religion, non-doctrinal religions.
Instead of schooling, cooperative egalitarian learning (see anarchist free schools).
Instead of the patriarchy, the elimination of gender.
Instead of parenting, communal child-raising that respects the human rights of children.
Instead of natalism, the recognition that children are entitled to the highest possible standard of health and love.

A vision inflames the imagination not just by rhetoric but by examples, either real or fictional. Real examples of egalitarian societies include the Zapatista and Freetown Christiania (both in present time), as well as the Spanish Revolution, the French Revolution of 1968, the Free Territory, and the Aymara people, amongst the most prominent examples. Fictional egalitarian utopias that are worth reading include The Dispossessed, by Ursula LeGuin, Woman on the Edge of Time, by Marge Piercy, and The Fifth Sacred Thing, by Starhawk.

For an explanation of the blog title, see this entry.

NOTE: The comments are moderated. If I ask you to provide an argument or address the contents of my entry many times and you continue to refuse to do so, don’t act all surprised when I ban you. I’m all for free expression, but I am not here to waste my time.

44 thoughts on “Vision Statement

  1. The Christian Conservative March 5 2009 at 23:27 Reply

    u dum lil fukr. u talk al dis sht bout my religon and my politcal vews. wel 1st off ur wrong, it been scientifcly provn dat god is reel and are cuntry is fkin amazin! ima proud christian, an a proud republikin, and basicily all dis is bulsht and u r a dum retard fagot.

    • Clyde Cash May 17 2011 at 3:34 Reply

      I spy a sock puppet, Goody Proctor.

  2. Steve March 25 2009 at 12:46 Reply

    I really like your sight and while and am also quite intrigued about VHEMT. I want to pursue that idea further as I definitely have leanings in that direction.

    As to the moronic asshole who commented above, either he is joking around or else he is a walking, writing billboard for VHEMT. When humanity is gone his freaking god will die with us. Good riddance. Unlike the first time we killed god, maybe this time he’ll stay dead!

    • 24engel December 27 2013 at 1:07 Reply

      If you think that comment was not trolling, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. Do people seriously believe that comments like these are legit?

  3. Francois Tremblay March 25 2009 at 16:01 Reply

    Steve, did you read this entry I wrote recently:

    http://francoistremblay.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/mankind-must-perpetuate/

  4. Andrea May 27 2010 at 10:54 Reply

    I feel that it is very likely that “The Christian Conservative” is really someone posing as so to make these two classifications look ignorant. I do think that it’s odd that you “heavily censor” your comments, yet leave this one. Are you trying to prove a point to your readers in hopes of stereotyping this idiot’s response?

  5. Stacy November 7 2010 at 19:05 Reply

    Hey, wondering if you could link http://www.c4ss.org on here! Thanks!

  6. lynx August 30 2011 at 17:34 Reply

    Are you a music fan? I’m looking for bloggers who might be interested in reviewing a new album (Anarchitecture) by Beltaine’s Fire, an anarchist folk-rap collective out of the San Francisco bay area. If you’re interested I can provide more info, if not I’m sorry to have wasted your time. Thanks for reading.

    • Francois Tremblay August 30 2011 at 17:41 Reply

      Nah, I don’t really have the readership to justify the expenditure. You’d be better off appealing to the bigger Anarchist blogs.

  7. lynx August 30 2011 at 17:55 Reply

    fair ’nuff. Thanks for the reply.

  8. Titanium Pen September 12 2011 at 3:37 Reply

    Hey, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! You can nominate others by just following the rules on this page. I’m sorry if this sounds like spam… :D

    http://anarchicmind.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/i-just-won-an-award/

  9. Argus September 25 2011 at 15:50 Reply

    Hi — I love your ‘sheeple’ cartoon header!

    Isn’t libertarian and socialist a contradiction in terms? (Apologies, I’m not well up on American linguistics).

    • Francois Tremblay September 25 2011 at 15:56 Reply

      Greetings my friend. I use various headers, but I tend to keep this one up the most.

      It is correct that Libertarian (capital L) and socialist is a contradiction in the American sense, yes. I am using libertarian in the traditional sense (as in anti-authoritarian), not in the American sense. See:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarian_socialism

  10. Dannny September 29 2011 at 13:16 Reply

    I’m not too pushed on the antenatalism stuff. As naive of me as it is, and I do know there’s no hope of success, I prefer to try keep going and inculcate whatever microscopic improvements in the human condition I can muster, rather than give up on the species completely. However, your discussion about the possibility of innate evil in humans is, in my view, spot on and filled with good thinking. I commend you on your efforts here.

    • Francois Tremblay September 29 2011 at 14:14 Reply

      There is no contradiction between improvement and the realization that procreation is wrong. We can do both at the same time.

  11. Lev January 4 2012 at 14:15 Reply

    You have the most ridiculous view of men. We’re apparently all evil perverts in your myopic eyes. You’re an idiot.

    • Francois Tremblay January 4 2012 at 15:38 Reply

      Thank you!

    • Francois Tremblay January 5 2012 at 1:08 Reply

      By the way, you do realize I am a man, right? Just checking.

      • Lev January 5 2012 at 19:17 Reply

        Why do you think so lowly of yourself? Why do you insist that you (along with every other man) are evil?

        • Francois Tremblay January 5 2012 at 22:47 Reply

          I don’t think lowly of myself. I have fairly high self-esteem, actually. I’m also pretty sure I’m not evil. Not sure exactly how you got to such a strange conclusion…

          • Lev January 15 2012 at 2:51

            You think all men are misogynists.

          • Francois Tremblay January 15 2012 at 2:52

            What? No… I’m not a misogynist. Projecting much?

          • bob May 16 2012 at 16:39

            i have no idea whether you are a misogynist or not – but you certainly come across as an idiot.

          • Francois Tremblay May 16 2012 at 16:43

            You mean a “misandrist”? Silly bigots can’t even get their terms right.

          • David January 31 2012 at 6:34

            “I have fairly high self-esteem, actually.”

            Why? You are not a theoretical physicist or highly important mathematician. You need higher expectations.

          • Francois Tremblay January 31 2012 at 13:37

            What? That makes no sense.

  12. click May 3 2012 at 16:53 Reply

    After I open up your Feed it seems to be a ton of garbage, is the problem on my part?

  13. Engineering Student & Realist Critic September 28 2012 at 19:43 Reply

    Imaginative, and I sympathize with the underlying spirit of the piece. But if there are no laws how can you enforce the nondoctrinal religion, the communal childrearing, the anti-natalism, the end of capitalism, and the limits on geopolitical unit size? Do you honestly think that your non-hierarchical free schools will be able to train competent medical doctors and engineers in a timely fashion? Do you realize that cities are run strictly because they contain extremely complex and expensive systems that need constant and expert monitoring? That ceremonially eliminating gender (and I am all for LGBTQ rights) will mean little to human biological processes?

    • Francois Tremblay September 28 2012 at 19:47 Reply

      “But if there are no laws how can you enforce the nondoctrinal religion, the communal childrearing, the anti-natalism, the end of capitalism, and the limits on geopolitical unit size?”
      If you need to “enforce” them, then they are not necessary principles. The point is for people to agree on these values and construct a society based on them. If I can’t convince you of their validity, then trying to enforce them would only compound the problem, because now you’d hate me and would be even less likely to consider these ideas valid.

      “Do you honestly think that your non-hierarchical free schools will be able to train competent medical doctors and engineers in a timely fashion?”
      Yes, I honestly think that. There is no reason why a free school can’t teach anything that a hierarchical school can.

      “Do you realize that cities are run strictly because they contain extremely complex and expensive systems that need constant and expert monitoring?”
      Yes, I do realize that.

      “That ceremonially eliminating gender (and I am all for LGBTQ rights) will mean little to human biological processes?”
      Well, hopefully said elimination should be far, far more than “ceremonial.” Otherwise we haven’t really accomplished anything! Today’s supposed equality of genders is equally “ceremonial.”

  14. RJ Miller December 13 2012 at 6:18 Reply

    Are you the same individual that authored “But Who Will Build the Roads?”

    • Francois Tremblay December 13 2012 at 14:03 Reply

      Yes, that’s right.

    • Francois Tremblay December 13 2012 at 14:14 Reply

      By the way, I tried commenting on your blog, but it asked me to register and I didn’t see any register link. You might want to think allowing people to post without registering.

  15. awesomesauciness April 3 2013 at 13:29 Reply

    I followed you here from YSaC, and I see some pretty highbrow stuff. Of course, I’m merely a simple, Christian, conservative Texas woman, so what do I know? Anyway, loved your extrapolation on today’s post @ YSaC, and hope you come back to comment more often. :-)

    • Francois Tremblay April 3 2013 at 13:31 Reply

      Yea… sorry. I didn’t mean to associate my activities on YSaC with this blog. I won’t post my URL in the future. Thanks for pointing that out!

      • awesomesauciness April 4 2013 at 4:51 Reply

        No problem. You may find some compadres @ YSaC. At the very least, you will find some brilliant minds there.

  16. Amalga June 10 2013 at 20:54 Reply

    Instead of natalism, the recognition that children are entitled to the highest possible standard of health and love

    Natalism and children being in a standard of health of love are not mutuall exclusive, in fact they need ot be born for the second statement to make anysense

    So the “instead of” makes your statement incoherent.

  17. ellahawthorne100 August 15 2014 at 6:07 Reply

    This is pretty cool, Francois. My vision of a better world is just like this. I have a pretty clear picture of what a non-hierarchical school would look like, and I’m doing some reading on worker-run industries to help me visualize what non-hierarchical workplaces would look like. It can be really difficult to imagine non-hierarchical systems since that’s all most of us have ever had. Do you have a suggested reading list?

    • Francois Tremblay August 15 2014 at 13:52 Reply

      Thank you Ella. It seems we are fellow travelers (and btw, I got your question, as you’ll see in a few days, and I am interested in helping you out). If you have a good understanding of both these things, then you should have a good understanding of how it should work in general- eliminating power wherever possible, and when that can’t be done, recallable, rotating delegates.

      What you might want to do is read some of the fiction I’ve listed. I would recommend Woman on the Edge of Time, by Marge Piercy, insofar as she spends the most time looking at how her society is structured and so on. You could also read Dispersing Power by Raul Zibechi, which is about the Aymara but discusses general principles of power centralization and dispersal through the examples of the Aymara’s political victories and defeats.

  18. ellahawthorne100 August 15 2014 at 14:14 Reply

    Interesting. Right now I’m reading When Corporations Rule the World by David Korten. It’s fantastic!

    • Francois Tremblay August 15 2014 at 14:20 Reply

      I read the summary and some of the reviews. How megacorporations became rulers of this planet. What a horror story… Where’s “Rowdy” Roddy Piper when you need him? :)

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