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An occasional blog to follow current events as related to Smallism.

Just a quick note to say that we have started using steemit.com to publish and discuss Smallism.org.  Steemit seems more interesting that other social media platforms as there are rewards for content creators and this is a better fit for the sensibilities of the smallism philosophy, that is to say, better than the "Everything should be free model".  That is to say, the "everything should actually be free" as per the Stefan Molyneux model as opposed to socialised nothing is free but we make you think it is; model of social governments.

Relying on donations can be a bit hit and miss for example the patreaon model specifies a minimum of $1 per month (or per content) and if you follow a lot of people on youtube this can get out of hand very quickly, and creators who aren't in the top few don't get rewarded for their work at all, even though they may get a lot of activity.

The steemit model seems to distribute rewards more fairly in that there are smaller amounts but very popular articles can still earn quite substantial sums.  It's all transparent and you see the rewards and likes and comments.

Steemit is backed by using a cryptocurrency and although not an expert on these topics should mean that at some point these will be convertible to other crypto's, or even real currency.

Some features I would like to see however are there own hosting of videos which would make them a true alternative to Youtube and a slightly larger thumbnail.  

If you want to follow us on steemit.com we are, of course, @smallism.org

See you there.

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Smallism defines how decentralisation can actually work, rather than the vague cry that it is what is required.  Zerohedge has reinforced the need with the following article.

 

Authored by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Those urban regions that pursue decentralized, networked, localized solutions will likely prosper as the adaptive advantages of these principles pay self-reinforcing dividends.

In yesterday's entry, I suggested that rather than bemoan the inevitable failure of centralized "fixes," let's turn our efforts to the real solutions: decentralized, networked, localized. To commentators such as Richard Florida, decentralized, networked, localized describes cities.

He describes the transition from central states imposing solutions to cities being the incubators of solutions as The Most Disruptive Transformation in History: How the clustering of knowledge lays bare the need to devolve power from the nation-state to the city.

Florida has authored three books on the increasing concentration of the "creative class" and capital in urban zones--cities and their surrounding satellite cities, suburbs and exurbs: The Rise of the Creative Class and Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life.

 

Read the rest of the article here

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-14/sinking-centralized-cesspool-corruption-cronyism-and-sclerosis

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What is currently emerging as the Gig Economy plays a large part of the Smallism strategy for economic, educational and workforce freedom. The following research shows that this sector is expected to grow however the power of Gig economy cannot be fully unleashed within current employment politics.

 

The gig economy — defined by freelancers and contractors who are temporary and independent workers — is in full swing. Intuit predicts that, by 2020, 40% of American workers will be independent contractors. Today, 35% have already done work as freelancers.

Despite a recent surge in popularity, gigs are unlikely to play a significant role in reshaping the future of work. While the emergence of gigs may challenge some organizations, they aren’t a threat to most. More employers than ever expect to use or increase their use of contingent workers. The bigger threat is the serial employee — employees who spend a brief period (1-3 years) in an organization and then move on taking their knowledge, investment, and capability with them.

How should businesses prepare for this new disruption in the workforce, and what steps can they take to ensure they continue to attract and retain quality, long-term talent?

 

https://www.eremedia.com/tlnt/reduce-the-brain-drain-of-serial-employees/?scid=social69768196&adbid=826841334598168576&adbpl=tw&adbpr=19255759

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Hegemonic power structures are a product/symptom of the flawed political economy rather than the root cause. Corporate power is synonymous with size in this "winner takes all" society but size is fostered and facilitated by the political economy - through theft of the commons and leverage (interest). Remove these flaws and size will become less of an issue.
But at the root of everything is hierarchy which determines the shape and beneficiaries of the political economy. That's where humanity took an evolutionary misstep - without hierarchy many of the problems Smallism seeks to address would be absent.
Localised, community based initiatives are undoubtedly the best way to insulate ourselves from the inevitable collapse of the current system and will form the basis of a new political economy in which power is decentralised and wealth fairly distributed. Thus Smallism is one tactical means to transform the political economy.

The only realistic way forward is a shift in human consciousness away from belief in the necessity of government. The daily diet of corruption and misdeeds are sufficient reason for people to begin to question the need.

Most people are motivated to take action within their sphere of influence, ie. within their families and communities. Thus if people can see a way to limit their exposure to the abusive and oppressive political economy, they can take control over their lives (which will become increasingly important as the current system collapses).

In brief, as long as the principles are adhered to [no hierarchy, sharing commons (where possible) and no interest] then people can collaborate and co-create frameworks and resources for the common good. It will inevitably start small but there are already many groups doing this in a variety of ways. Food is the most important essential to focus on and we need to embrace community food production and distribution; of course self-sufficiency is a remote possibility at present but even some marginal contribution to people's diet is a building block towards a real alternative. There are many other possibilities, LETS, time-banks, free software, car sharing, energy generation and conservation etc.

A summary of where Critical Thinking has got to in its deliberations of these issues is here:
http://freecriticalthinking.org/9-general/1518-hierarchy-and-the-political-economy

This year we'll be focusing on sharing information and analysis while identifying practical measures to build alternative, cellular, organic, initiatives for community based solutions which can interact with others locally, regionally, nationally and globally. Smallism is a potential manifestation of such initiatives.


Clive Menzies

Political Economist

freecriticalthinking.org

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In the introduction to Smallism a claim is made that across Europe there was relative peace.  There were skirmishes of course but these were kept to a fairly small scale and usually fairly local affairs.  It was only as the size of kingdoms increased and became countries that the scale of war got bigger.  This was also discussed in the comments of the About The Smallism Organization where it was commented that people couldn't possibly be left to look after themselves without descending into a chaos. 

This point is a fundamental contention between the left who believe people have to be controlled and directed, and the right who believe people should be responsible for themselves.

Well a recent discovery in the UK adds evidence to the Smallism belief that if towns are kept small and personal, locally sustained and managed it provides a more healthy environment for humans living together.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11744249/Welcome-to-Duropolis-Britains-oldest-most-peaceful-town.html

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It has started. 

The debt bubble is about to burst and the root cause is massive debt, both private and government. Most people and organizations are over leveraged with debt and even with low interest rates stealing money from net savers  there is nothing that can stop the burst.

Except Smallism.

Government needs to cut its spending and people need to lose their entitlement mentality that left wing governments have promised in return for votes: and the only way it can do this is to sell its assets and clear the overheads related to those assets.  

In fact it's the overheads that make up the bulk of the savings associated but (again in return for votes) government employees are paid (one for one) more than their private sector counterpart, who is actually paying the wages of the state employee through taxes.

If we look at Greece (topically) the government makes up 56% of all employees.  This is clearly unsustainable to have 44% of the population, a quarter of whom are unemployed (, to be supporting this massive (left wing) government.

So clearly government need to sell off their assets and this can start at a local government level selling resources such as parks and swimming pools to local consortiums, in Smallism parlance a 'ward'. (2.2 The Smallism Ward). 

Wards can then decide if they have an asset valuable enough to charge for. If they decide not to charge then it makes no difference between they are already paying for free access through their local charges (In the UK council tax is the local tax that pays for public utilities).

So instead of the the local council charging everyone in district for the usage of dozens of parks that a very few use, the ward would attract more localism interest in one park where the people are more likely to be users.  Because they now only pay for one park (that they use) and not for every other park in the council area their costs for parks reduces.

There is always the possibility that a ward would want to charge for access to their park and there is nothing but supply and demand that would affect this.

The most important thing from a Smallism point of view is that the local utilties are not sold to corporate interests.  A corporate might decide to buy up all the parks in a county district and charge for all of them. This entirely goes against the the principle of Smallism and must not be allowed. The whole point is that local assets become assets for the local public, and that the local public ownership make the decisions on how the utility is funded.

 

 

 

 

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