I recently posted a profile on an online dating service, GreenSingles.com.  I know, I’m not single. But I’m always open to new connections, and the other folks on there are fascinating…. most of them.  Mostly I joined as another way of putting out the idea of communal living, making myself accessible as a resource for more information about life in community.  A whore for the revolution…

Even though I’ve described myself as “not looking for a life partner — I’ve already got a bunch of them!”, I’ve gotten a lot of “smiles” (the website’s way of communicating interest) over the past week.  The people who pay for the service can send real messages that you can respond to even if you haven’t paid (which, being a very poor communard, I haven’t).  Someone wrote to me a few days ago asking about anarchy and life in the community, and this morning I wrote a response, and liked it so much that I wanted to share it here.  Enjoy!

what attracts me to anarchy is the idea of empowerment — mutual empowerment, people supporting each other as individuals and folks making choices intentionally based on their own experience and awareness.  Anarchy, the way I think about it, fosters responsibility.  Our current culture and governmental system fosters complete IRRESPONSIBILITY, because it’s “someone else” making all the decisions.  No one out here in the “real world” has any say, and so we don’t take any responsibility for what the world looks like.  That’s fiction, it’s bullshit, and it’s the mindset perpetuated through the current system of governance in the U.S.  Anarchists are the most organized people at protests because they work together.  Anarchy isn’t against organization, it’s against coersion, manipulation, and dominance.

Life at Twin Oaks… well, it’s not a community of anarchists, that’s for sure!  There are about 100 people there, and everyone has their own thoughts about what it should be and how we should live.  There are enough systems and structures in place that we can disagree about many things and still continue to function.  We’ve been around for 37 years, and that history has given us a helpful foundation to build on.  We’re currently going though economic changes because of loosing a big customer of our hammocks business, so we’re doing a lot of looking at new business possibilities, and also the questions of how we can live with less money (and what the balance is between earning more and spending less).  It’s an exciting time to be in the community for someone who has a lot of options of other things to do with their life(like me), and not so exciting I think for someone who’s sunk their life into the community and would have a hard time leaving if things get too rough (like the people in their 60’s and 70’s who have been there for 20 years).

thanks for your interest — I’m happy to answer any other questions you have.

in joy,