During all the chaos and violence associated with the Defund the Police and BLM Riots, statements were made on how the rich could tolerate living around this danger because they lived in gated communities and had private security protecting them at home and elsewhere. And that got me thinking, maybe that’s what we need too. I don’t mean that we can all afford to live in the enclaves of the rich and famous. Obviously, we can’t. But maybe what we’ll be looking at as a way to survive is a form of gated community. In the same way that people buy condos and have to adhere to the rules of the community maybe we’ll need to organize into closed communities that will protect us from a long list of societal ills that the Left is unleashing on us. Undeniably this type of setup will have to be located in a red state. Otherwise, the federal and state governments will attempt to crush it based on some kind of anti-discriminatory nonsense.
You might ask why would someone living in a free state like say Florida need to go to all the trouble of getting involved in a restrictive collective relationship? This is a fair question. Being a contrarian myself I can see how having to toe the line on a laundry list of personal choices would be annoying. But the reason would be to ensure the safety of you and your family and to preserve other freedoms that otherwise will be infringed on living in Post America. So, the trick is to figure out what requirements are absolutely necessary to allow this sort of collective to function correctly and protect the members from harm but otherwise maintain the maximum freedom for the individual.
So now you can see I’m founding a state! Here I am Plato planning out my Republic. But really what I’m trying to do is found a town. What is needed is a planned community in the sense that it will include schools, recreational and social organizations, homes, a hospital, police department, fire department, cable television company and a social networking company. In fact, it probably should have its own general store, barber shop, beauty parlor, pharmacy, hardware store, restaurants, theater, lawyers and a host of other things I haven’t thought of yet. In other words what you want is a self-sufficient community.
You can immediately protest, but all those things will be uneconomical. Walmart and Amazon make hardware stores and general stores obsolete. And how can a one-horse cable company and social media site compete with Comcast and Facebook? Well in all four of these examples they can’t. But they can provide services that their alternatives cannot. The hardware store can be associated with the local tradesmen; plumbers, carpenters, electricians who can perform the jobs that require more experience and manpower than the average do-it-yourselfer can muster. The general store can stock the crafts and other products that the community produces. The cable provider can eliminate the channels that nobody wants and provide local access for community projects. And the social network can be used for actual social networking around the neighborhood.
It might even be desirable for the community to have its own energy infrastructure. Purchasing a gas station and heating oil company along with a power company to provide electricity for the community might make sense. So that’s about what I see as the extent of the community. In the next installment I’ll try to think of convincing reasons why it makes sense. But if we devolve into the kind of place you see in California I could see localities doing everything they can to try and maintain their quality of life by cutting themselves off from the danger and dysfunction all around them.