In the midst of tragedy, outrage, and the ultra-divided political spectrum, a beautiful ideology is finally reemerging in the cycle of history. An ideology rooted in common sense, absolute freedom, and self-determination. An ideology that leads to even those with political perspectives in complete opposition beginning to accept and understand one another. This ideology is called decentralization, and it’s only as radical as you want it to be.
Decentralization simply means the transfer of authority away from central government, and back to local government. But in our hyper-centralized society, this would ultimately mean much more than a transfer of what most consider “authority.” Currently, centralized government has essentially attempted to take “authority” over the food you consume, the substances your doctor can prescribe to you, the videos you watch online, even trying (and failing) to regulate the very environment in which you live and breathe. So many aspects of our lives can be traced back to government subsidies and political agendas, yet we let these issues pass by because we either don’t have the time or interest to do our own research, or we feel that the centralization of these markets has actually improved our lives. However, it’s important to understand that unless we take action now, these markets will continue to centralize as they have been for decades. And that is where we run into trouble.
At this point, we still have the power as individuals to keep our lives relatively decentralized. We can still grow our own food, develop new search engines and video sharing platforms, and choose to home school our children. But all it takes is a quick look back at the collapse of nearly every civilization in human history to realize that no matter the catalyst, centralized power has almost always been the means to societal collapse. And unless we take steps towards decentralizing our own lives, it’s only a matter of time until we blindly hand our right to self-determination over to those who wish to control us. That is not to say that those who gain power will never make choices that they believe to be in the best interest of society. Instead, it is the belief in the idea that what seems “right” to one person, or even a majority of people, will never be able to meet the needs of every individual.
It is my opinion that the greatest crime against humanity is the idea that every adult human being needs a large, man-made construct to tell them right from wrong, and provide punishment to them when they astray. And as our society still clings to this idea, almost every attempt to control behavioral issues within society through regulatory legislation seems to backfire. Take the war on drugs, for example. The experimentation with one’s consciousness was demonized on a massive scale, however the psychological desire that some people feel simply can’t be written out of the human experience. Now, we have hundreds of thousands of human beings sitting in cages for not conforming to a societal construct created through propaganda, illusion, and the desire for control. Our jails are overflowing, and drug use is higher than ever before.
The most common question I’ve experienced regarding decentralization is as follows:
“If we didn’t have our government, how would [insert issue here] be dealt with?”
The beauty of this question, whatever the specific question may be, is that it can and should be answered in a variety of different ways. That is the very heart and soul of decentralization. The way one group or individual deals with an issue will differ from the way others deal with an issue, and that leads to true intellectual and societal diversity. Many issues brought up as arguments against decentralization are often products of mass centralization to begin with. It’s also important to realize that many societal or world issues are often inaccurately or over-reported to create fear. Although one would be hard-pressed to find a mainstream outlet reporting on false flag events created by our very own intelligence agencies, these events happen frequently. The reasoning is simple: those in power want you to fear each other more than you fear them. Because if we don’t feel that we need constant protection from other citizens, then we may realize that centralized government is not particularly necessary at all.
Part of understanding decentralization is recognizing that most of us who subscribe to this ideology do not buy into the belief that human beings are the evil, violent creatures that we’re told they are on the news. But when those individuals are constantly publicized, it’s difficult to have much faith that a functional society could exist without a large controlling force. Human beings are undoubtedly capable of committing evil acts, but they will do so no matter what laws are written. The goal is to understand why such acts are committed, and create an environment where those acts are not carried out. Who could understand a particular environment enough to correct it better than those within that particular environment? Who could determine the consequence for an individual’s actions with a more conscious understanding than those whose very community was affected?
We are more than capable as a species of determining our own reality. It may take time for the majority of individuals to finally come to this realization, but it is the truth behind not only the ideology of decentralization, but human life in general. We can easily take steps towards taking control of our own lives. All it takes is the realization that human beings are more intelligent when they are free from the constraints and expectations of a society which wishes to control, rather than understand them. It takes us realizing that we all have the same potential as the greatest inventors, philosophers, businessmen, engineers, artists, scientists, and musicians in history, and we can create diverse and thriving communities based on this belief alone. Our true potential is not just hiding right in front of our eyes, it’s hiding right behind them.
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