If decentralization is the answer, then what is the question?

How about:

How can the problems of violence, war, corruption, environmental destruction, unemployment, taxation, starvation, hate, and most other big issues that humanity is facing today be solved once and for all, and at the same time give way for a more resilient and loving world?

Non-violent decentralization is the answer. Yes, it is the antidote against all the poisons created by statist politicians with their monopolies of force, and by international bankers with their conjuring of money out of thin air, in the eternal scheming for more central planning.

Aldous Huxley warned us a long time ago about where we were heading, and what the solution was:

Only a large-scale popular movement toward decentralization and self-help can arrest the present tendency toward statism. A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers.”

Many totalitarian socialist states in the western world, for example in the US (and in Sweden to an even greater degree), have successfully made their subjects love their servitude. This should not come as a suprise after decades and decades of state-run schooling, because after all that has always been the goal with “public education”.

Gandhi, one of my great mentors, also saw decentralization and a society based on voluntary exchange as the solution against statism and corruption, and he explained this vision in 1946 in a letter to Leo Tolstoy:

Independence begins at the bottom… A society must be built in which every village has to be self sustained and capable of managing its own affairs… It will be trained and prepared to perish in the attempt to defend itself against any onslaught from without… This does not exclude dependence on and willing help from neighbours or from the world. It will be a free and voluntary play of mutual forces… In this structure composed of innumerable villages, there will be ever widening, never ascending circles. Growth will not be a pyramid with the apex sustained by the bottom. But it will be an oceanic circle whose center will be the individual. Therefore the outermost circumference will not wield power to crush the inner circle but will give strength to all within and derive its own strength from it.”

Decentralization, which on the level of the individual is better described as self-sufficiency, is the answer.

But this solution will never be proposed by the people at the top of the pyramid, i.e. the politicians, the CEO’s of monopolistic global corporations, or the international bankers.

Because just as surely as cow dung attract flies, centralization of power always attracts morally corrupt men, and morally corrupt men always want more power.

A decentralized world can only, and will only, be brought into being by the people at the bottom of the pyramid, by individuals such as you and me. Decentralization, which comes from the bottom, inevitably undermines centralization, which comes from the top, and that’s what is needed.

In the coming age of decentralization no one will be able to wield monopolistic control over the production and distribution of food, water, energy, security, knowledge, etc., because the monopolies of violence required to support such political ventures will not survive in the decentralized world.

Instead every individual will be a producer.

  • Everyone will be closely involved in their own food and water production, because they see the benefits, they can taste the benefits, and they also understand the risk of not being involved.
  • The vast majority will generate their own energy, whether it’s small scale solar panels or co-owning a larger wind turbine with their neighbors.
  • Specialized and high quality education will abound in the age of decentralization, but still many parents will choose to educate their kids at home, either formally through home schooling, or informally by letting them learn by living.
  • A lot more people will own and carry guns for personal safety, and of course in countries where the population today to a large degree has been disarmed by the state we will see a drastic change.
  • We will see a big comeback of natural medicine in the coming decades as a reaction against the chemical cocktails manufactured by global pharmaceutical companies under state-granted monopolies. More people will have their own medicinal herb garden in the backyard, and some of the common herbs you’ll find are St John’s wort, echinacea, chamomile, garlic, and above all cannabis.

Monsanto will be a thing of the past. State-run “education” will be a thing of the past. Wars, against people and against drugs, will be a thing of the past. Nation states will be a thing of the past. Politicians will be a thing of the past. Taxes will be a thing of the past.

But where do you start with becoming self-sufficient? Should you start a garden? Put solar cells on the roof? Homeschool your kids? Buy a gun?

No. If you haven’t already done so, start by withdrawing your consent, intellectually, to the existing centralized power structures that are all based on violence.

See the political and banking pyramid of power for what it is; fraudulent, sociopathic, hateful, criminal, terroristic, murderous.

Because once you see past the illusions and smoke screens, once you see the truth, it becomes clear that undermining the current power structures is not only justified, it becomes a moral obligation for any righteous man who loves all living things.

The pyramid of power derives its power from the consent of the governed, which is why the people at the top are so keen at making you love your servitude, and even keener at indoctrinating your children. This is why withdrawing your consent is the first step on the path to liberation.

First change your thoughts, because then the physical actions that changes reality will follow. More on that to come.

Author: Daniel Sjöberg

Daniel är en entreprenör, skogsman och friboren bonde på en egen liten gård i Norrland. Intar stora mängder svart kaffe.

2 thoughts on “If decentralization is the answer, then what is the question?”

  1. Great post Daniel, congratulations for your blog.

    I agree with everything you say, we are currently facing challenges that can only be solved by a new education and decentralization. We have to come back to a real economy in which, for example, local food is cheaper than food grown 3000 km away. And we only can do it by getting self sufficiency and independence from the total power through a education that keep us free.

    Keep it going!

    1. Thanks Carlos, I’m glad you found your way here!

      You’re right about the necessity of cheap local food. Food production is decentralized by nature, just walk into the forest and you’ll see the amazing variety of different species. But locally grown food is expensive right now because of political monopolies and subsidies from the state. The current large scale agriculture that lives on cheap oil and subsidies is not only unnatural, it’s unsustainable. Permaculture is more in line with nature.

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