Is Simple Living Libertarian?
Posted October 9, 2014on:
The Libertarian Simple Liver is basically a hermit. S/he may be married and have a family and socialize, but basically believes that what s/he does and how s/he spends her money is her decision. Everyone for themselves. You get what you earn in life.
The Spiritual Simple Liver spends a lot of time in prayer. These folks resemble the monks of old.
Combine the hermit with the spiritual and you may get a person who has made a lot of money and wants God to justify their selfishness and their greedy work.
We may find it hard to feel empathy for people who go into debt, live beyond their means. But we are not survivalists, not doomsday preppers.
The brand of Simple Living that SLW! promotes is COMMUNITARIAN, that is, the community needs are more important than the individual “rights.” No, it is not Communism.
What does this mean? We are convinced that without significant and rapid changes in attitude and practices toward the Earth, a huge die-off within human civilization and among all living species will accelerate throughout the 21st century. We cannot expect to be rescued by God or by technology.
We discover and promote ways that all may live in joy, peace and enough (abundance) — both big picture and small, both theoretical and practical, both physical and spiritual, using both biblical and scientific models of economics — for individuals, corporations and governments. We promote communitarianism rather than capitalism; cooperation over competition; imitation of nature (biomimicry) rather than control of nature; voluntary simplicity instead of consumerism; wisdom of indigenous people, not constant growth; and many others. We use many forms of communication – from one-to-one to mass.
A Christmas Speculation by John Michel Greer speaks to the Biblical implications of libertarianism.
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