Society

One role that those who aspire to government think they have a mandate to do is design society in line with their own way of thinking.  This is the road to totalitarianism, and totalitarianism has a very bad track record historically.

What these people think is that everyone would just follow the rules they lay down everything will be perfect and thus murdering millions of people is a small price to pay for this utopia.

One would have thought that after centuries of this mode of government the human race would have learnt.

This section describes how Smallism allows individuals, families, communities, cities, county and country to use the power of the crowd, or the power of evolution or the power of statistics depending on your preference to allow evolution, to allow bad ideas to die and good ideas to thrive.

Being that smallism starts at the individual and works up to a national level the totalitarians that are bound to rise are limited in their scope and can never achieve the power they crave. 

Notes: As this website is UK based the term 'ward' is used to describe a small community.  Small as-in Smallism.  Many parts are stronger than the sum of the whole - hence the geodesic dome as our logo.

This section will introduce the Ward as a theoretical model on which we will gradually build up and expand into a practical, national society of self-managed, self-reliant and self-representative Wards in the modern context.

Our initial ward is minimalist and vacuumist with a few dozen or so houses, a farm, butchers, grocers and fresh well water. 

Employment is created by the production and distribution of food and products created from the farm (e.g. leather) and families provide the social care structure for the young and old.

Everybody owns their property and our Ward is fully self-sufficient.

Because this ward is isolated, all shared assets within the bounds of the ward belong to the ward and consequently, maintenance and upkeep are the responsibility of the ward.

In our isolated example, there is no other logical possibility.  There is no one else to do it.

This Ward produces food and leather; the neighbouring wards produce whatever is appropriate to their resources at the current time and happen to consume the supply of leather from neighbouring wards.

Trade in surplus produce is enabled and encouraged by encouraging a logistics infrastructure to develop that will allow businesses to distribute products throughout the country.

Law and Order In keeping with the self-sufficiency ideals of smallism wards will also have stronger powers to create laws for their area.  

This is already happening in the UK and although some argue against the use of these laws giving the power to create them to the people, rather than having a local council or law enforcement agency create them on behalf of the people ensures laws that are wanted are enacted.  

If an area has problems with begging, then there should be no reason why an anti-begging law shouldn't be enacted, however, if the people of a Ward are happy with beggars on the street then they would not enact this law.

Legislation in many ways is indicative of a deeper problem and this approach encourages wards to tackle the root cause of the problems rather than creating rafts of new laws.  

Of course, some people believe legislation can fix social problems, this is, of course, false and instead of making begging illegal, which helps no one (except the prison and legal industry), the ward may decide instead to create a rehabilitation centre and provide work to the homeless.  

Bearing in mind that jobs are now tax-free and free of legislation at a national level this creates a free and easy employment market benefiting both job seekers and employers. A humorous example of what Smallism is aiming to achieve here  Ignoring this concept is the fundamental error in our concept of ownership in social systems today.