I'm a recent convert to anarchism, thanks to Howard Zinn. Took me until 39 years of age to finally discover there are already a lot of folks who feel like I've felt ever since I graduated from too many years of formal miseducation and entered the workforce. Which is: that I'm viewed and treated as a commodity, no more and no less, and that the entire political & economic system that dominates us is totally unnatural, insanely unhealthy, and completely fucked up.
But, what to do about it? I'm not optimistic about the chances of changing or defeating the system. I see far more potential success in a movement that informs and empowers people to drop out of the system by going off the grid and living together in anarchist communities. With a few dozen such communities serving as examples to those still chained to their jobs and mortgages, people will wake up and realize there's another, better way.
I know I can't be the first person to have these thoughts, but I'm not aware of any such communes/collectives. Communities where anarchism is not just an idea or an insurrection, but rather, something that is actually lived.
Building such communities seems to offer far more hope than banners or bombs ever could. But it would take hard work. We'd need to learn skills and trades to support our community: agriculture, medicine, Eco-friendly construction, hydrology, etc., etc., so that we could be a self-sufficient community that doesn't need or depend on the system.
I guess what I envision is something like the Amish communities, but without any of the religious bullshit. Communities that are an example to the world that we don't need Washington, Wall Street, or wages to live happy, truly productive lives.
If there are already any such communities, would you kindly point me to them?