I commented on their site:
“Another contrived piece of crap. Garbage in, garbage out. 5000 applicants? How hard would it have been to find a better group?”
and they responded with,
“Utopia If you think you would be better, then submit an application! www.utopiatvcasting.com”
Clearly, they missed my point. The premise is flawed. It is designed to fail. They pretend they are presenting a glimpse at a real attempt at creating Utopia, but the obvious fact is they are just another in a long line of contrived, controversial, reality shows. What all these shows have in common is their lack of reality.
So rather than take their bait, I decided to create a better show (at least on paper). This is the show that someone could do, that would have everyone’s interest… except the advertisers. This is what people want to see, they want it to happen, but media moguls, politicians, and statists will do anything to prevent it from seeing the light of day.
The idea of creating a “Utopia” has been around since the beginning of time. But when one contemplates “creating” a Utopia, they don’t seed the start up group with obvious problems.
Consider the book “Atlas Shrugged”. In the book, a pseudo Utopia is created by recruiting the best and brightest, and making sure that they all share the same philosophy. How many of the original group of 15 in the TV show Utopia do you imagine would be recruited by John Galt? I’d say exactly zero! In fact, many on this show are more believable as a stimulus for others to seek out a new Utopia.
I present these idea freely. If anyone wants to take these ideas and run with them, great. Would I join? Almost certainly. Do I believe it would create Utopia? No, but it would be a damn site better than almost anywhere else in the US. Unfortunately, I fear that it would also become a target for IRS, FBI, and other government trolls intent on stealing the labor of others and destroying anything that potentially challenges the status quo, or government control.
Just for lack of a better name, lets call this proposed project, FUDC, Inc. (lets assume that is an acronym for Freedom Until Destroyed by Criminals)
FUDC would be a non-profit organization established to test the feasibility of bringing together individuals to work together to establish a self-sufficient community. The goal is to create a sustainable environment capable of producing all the food, water, shelter, power, recreation, education, and income required to sustain the members of the organization, while reducing the dependence on sources outside of the organization.
This project would make every effort to recruit individuals with similar belief systems to reduce conflict. Therefore, since this is my idea, I would want to surround myself with anarchists who embrace the zero aggression principal, who distain the idea of central government, who abhor the notion of a monopoly of force by a government, and who believe in natural law. More could be said, but you get the gist, and the founders of the organization would have to outline the core principal beliefs.
Under FUDC, individuality would be encouraged. Individuals would not be required to live together, but encouraged to voluntarily work towards a set of mutually beneficial goals, as agreed to in advance, in the most efficient way. Voluntary association would be the key. Here is how I imagine the initial steps:
1. Gather a core group of like-minded freedom advocates. (say 20 people)
2. Establish FUDC as a non-profit organization.
3. Elect a board of advisors
4. The board would create a “constitution”, bylaws, or rules, and establish consequences for violations. This would be presented to the core group and discussed and polished until there was unanimous consent on the rules and conditions.
5. Find a suitable property to carry out the project. Calculate the cost of securing a lease on the property. This might be 50 – 500 acres or rural land, that has established structures, plumbing, power plant, 2 or 3 water sources, roads, fencing, etc. – Alternatively, this could be a hotel, resort, farm, apartment complex, missile silo, or office building. Whatever the board and members agree would be the best location to achieve their goals.
6. The board should set a minimum and maximum number of initial residents (or participants) for the project, based on what they believe would give the project the greatest opportunity to succeed.
7. Recruit EXPERTS to submit an application to be among the initial core participants. A partial list of the first 50 might include:
c. Doctors – MD, DDS, Chiropractic, Surgeon, Vets, Alternative Healing, etc.
d. General Contractor, especially with expertise in inexpensive alternative building methods. (Cob, earthbag, container, dome, etc.)
e. Solar electricity expert
f. Someone experienced with wood gasification
g. Wind power expert
i. Master Gardeners
j. Nutritionist, raw foodists, chefs
k. Experienced home school educators
l. Experts in primitive skills
m. Hunting guides
o. Organic farmers
q. Brew masters
r. Experts on seed storage, food storage, and cooking from home food storage
t. Experts in TV, Radio, and Internet production
u. Marketing experts
v. Finance managers
w. Coupon Gurus
8. Draw up a business plan, including a budget that would provide 12 months operating expenses. Initial funding could come from the following sources.
a. Auction off the Book Rights, movie rights, TV rights, marketing rights (to sell official logo products).
b. Sell 2 week permits to film. This could go to online journalists who wanted to come to the property as paying guests for 2 weeks to film, interview, and observe.
c. Set up a broadcasting station, which would broadcast a terrestrial radio program as well as podcast and videos for online distribution. The radio station could take on investors as well as sell advertising.
d. Crowdfunding or crowdsourcing which would allow supporters to pledge donations if the target funds were reached. Donors could be awarded visits, clothing, signed pictures, interviews, etc. in exchange for generous donations.
e. Charge a participant fee to some or all of the participants. For example if initial recruiting believed 2 plumbers, doctors, and master gardeners were a requirement to success, they might waive the fee to those who were the most qualified for those positions. However, once they filled their quota of desired medical personnel, if others wanted to join, whose main proficiency was in the medical profession, they might be seen as redundant to the immediate needs of the project. They might be offered an opportunity to enter with an admission fee. This would help defray the startup costs, and confirm the commitment of those applicants. As an example, this fee might be equal to the cost of one years dry food, plus the cost of housing, water, and power, unless the participant was able to provide his own food and housing.
9. Once the required budget has been raised, sign the lease, order in long term food storage, bring in those required to work on the build out. Build the broadcast studio, the common areas, the medical facility, etc.
10. After initial build-out is complete, bring in the remainder of the initial participants.
11. Once all who plan to reside on the property have arrived, operate for two weeks and work out any major bugs.
12. The board should appoint or vote for key officers of the organization.
13. Key personnel should be assigned to their jobs and a form of payment should be devised. A currency (decided previously) should be used to compensate those providing services. Some may agree to work X number of hours a week for FUDC in exchange for inclusion in the project. Others may agree to come with different conditions.
If this project takes place in the United States, it is illegal for individuals to create money. However, if they decide to use silver and gold, as the “official currency” within the project, others would still be free to barter, use bit coin, or trade with anything they wish as long as all parties involved agree to the terms. Assuming silver and gold are the official currency, a “fair day’s wage” might be considered a silver dime. However, a doctor could decide to charge a silver dime for every visit, or two silver dimes for every house call.
Regarding services provided for the project by skilled (recruited experts) professionals, their “wage structure” would be set prior to joining, and their fees would be non-negotiable for the initial duration of the project on work performed at the request of FUDC, Inc. Those experts would be free to set their own prices for other (private) work provided. They could trade eggs, ammo, beef, fence posts, cigarettes, or whatever they choose for services rendered.
Must be voluntary. FUDC would not fund any structures, or support in any way any religious efforts. If some wish to voluntarily gather and practice a religion, they would be free to do so, as long as it did not interfere with the freedoms of others.
Guns, Nudity, Noise, Hunting, Alcohol, Alternative Healing
As long as the practice does not violate the rights and freedom of others, FUDC has no issue with it. However, if state laws are broken, the individual alone will be held responsible, not FUDC. Therefore, FUDC forbids, but does not agree to enforce any illegal activity, except that which violates the bylaws and rules defined by the board and supported by the participants.
Any who wish to experiment with non-government approved healing may do so as long as all parties involved agree to voluntarily participate. FUDC will not do any policing, enforcing, or reporting of experimental or un licensed practicing of healing. If FUDC becomes the new center for medical tourism, it will be without the knowledge or support of FUDC. The individuals involved are personally responsible for any consequences.
A mediation board would settle any conflicts that could not be resolved amicably by the parties involved. This would include 12 individuals selected randomly from the participants. The bylaws would spell out how to deal with difficult situations that require force or damages.
FUDC would not have a police presence. Instead, natural law and the bylaws would serve as the law of the land. In the event that someone was harmed or violated, individuals would be expected to resolve the issue or go before the mediation board. The bylaws would spell out how to deal with those who refuse to deal civilly with others or who refuse to attend a mediation hearing.
While all participation is voluntary, some work would be required, and agreed to prior to acceptance into the project. This might be as a part time or full time capacity in their chosen field, or as an on-call advisor. For instance, a master gardener may be a full time position, while an engineer may only be called on for a few hours a month.
Division of labor
Crops, water systems, electrical systems, roads, fences, and fire control are things that might be shared among large numbers of the participants. However, some may choose to live off-property, or to have their own private water and power systems. Others may choose to take responsibility for growing all their own foods. Those who wish to share in these things can purchase a “share”. For a more in-depth description of this see http://www.localharvest.org/csa/.
Adding New Blood
The board will determine the maximum population of the property. Some participants may choose to live off-property. Others may wish to join the project. The rate that new participants are added will be determined by supply and demand and by vote of current participants. For example, lets assume that the maximum capacity of the property is 2000 and there are only 200 people residing on the property. There may be 100 new applicants in March who would like to join. 100 want to work in the garden, 50 want to pay $10,000, and 50 are families that just want to live here but can’t afford the fee and can’t commit to the physical labor in the garden. The board might approve the first 150, and then the rest of the community might also vote unanimously to approve them. Then out of the remaining 50 in families, some of the existing participants might pledge their support. Maybe they can offer them housing and jobs. Maybe they can put up the money to bring them into the project. If that is the case, the community would then vote to approve them under those conditions.
FUDC will not supervise or fund charity, welfare, or schooling. If this is offered at all, it will be by voluntary agreement among individuals. Medical facilities will be provided, but treatment and cost are between doctor and patient. Group parties, meals, events may be planned, but participation is voluntary. Community meetings may be held, but participation will be voluntary.
This idea is a work in progress. All are invited to contribute ideas on how it can be improved. Who knows? One day, if enough people want to give this a try, maybe the plan can be put into action. I believe this plan is much more realistic, and would create an environment far closer to Utopia than the directors of the TV show “Utopia” are capable of creating. While it might be interesting to keep tabs on progress and struggles, I can’t imagine a Utopia where there is nowhere to escape video and audio surveillance, or proselytizing by religious zealots.
Utopia means something different to everyone. I believe it is impossible to create an environment where everyone believes it is perfect. Despite that, I believe the common desire is for more personal liberty; More time to enjoy, less stress, better health, happier relationships, better air and water quality, and more control over the fruits of your labor.
If this plan resonates with you, share it and contribute your suggestions on how it can be improved.