Steven Welzer

There’s a tendency for it to be somewhat anarchic.

Prior to Freud it had been either unmentionable or scandalous or a source of class disparagement. With Freud, Ellis, Kinsey, et. al., a more mature attitude and consideration set in.

From the standpoint of nature: It’s built-in. It serves the procreational purpose.

From the standpoint of society: It’s their responsibility to socialize it.

Accountability, yes. Liability, yet. But we all should have realistic expectations about the phenomenon. They (human males) never fully will fully socialize it. Therefore, inevitably, historically, enduringly: recurring iterations of #MeToo.

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https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/guelphs-first-cohousing-project-coming-to-woolwich-street-5526674

The building features individual residential units of about 1,000 sq. ft., complete with kitchen and dining room, along with a variety of shared spaces such as two balconies, gathering/work area, an art studio, bicycle storage and a spare bedroom where overnight guests can stay.

The plan is to also offer car sharing. “Living together you live with less in terms of what you’re consuming, what you’re purchasing. Rather than having eight different wheel barrows, we’ll have one.”

“It’s important to all of us here to live lightly on the Earth.”

Members have already gathered numerous times to work on the building’s design, as well to share meals, along with trips together to check out other cohousing communities throughout North America.

https://cohousing.ca/

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His writings are mostly in German, so I haven’t been able to find out if he’s building on the work of Fredy Perlman, David Watson, John Zerzan, Derrick Jensen, Samuel Alexander, Daniel Quinn, etc. or if he arrived at essentially the same perspective independently. The latter would not surprise me, because what’s so is so, and so . . . many insightful people will gradually be arriving there. I fully believe it’s the explanation of What Has Happened and it contains the kernel of What To Do About It.

If you’ve got ten minutes:

If you’re got 90 minutes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zhqPWSOOZQ

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Most of life should be local.

Modernity starts with the opening up of the whole world (and associated expansionist lust) about five hundred years ago. Hyper-modernity starts with the industrial revolution about two hundred years ago.

Up until the modern period production and consumption was essentially local for ninety-nine percent of people.

But the Expansionsists keep trying to do their expansion thing. They over-expanded with the attempt at a Greek Empire by Alexander the Great Expander. It collapsed. They over-expanded with the attempt at a Roman Empire. It collapsed. Etc.

The Industrial Production Empire of our time over-expanded. That’s why the system is currently facing a supply chains crisis. It’s the third sign of incipient collapse. (The first was the globalized financial freeze of 2008; the second was the globalized pandemic of 2020.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsyvh-dse7k

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The era is characterized by over-individuation and hyper-individualism. The result is atomization, anomie, and loneliness.

We are social beings and thrive best living in human-scale collectives, i.e., households, neighborhoods, communities, villages.

The modern collective called the city is too large; it’s beyond human-scale.

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Steven Welzer

Steven Welzer

A co-editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a movement activist for many years (was also an original co-editor of DSA’s “Ecosocialist Review”).