Monday, September 22, 2008


It's the fall equinox today, and time to move in a slightly different direction. I've mentioned that I'm bisexual and polyamorous. Some people think that means I'm obsessed with sex. Actually, what I'm obsessed with is SECS (pronounced 'sex').

I spent a lot of time a few years ago trying to figure out my own politics. Was I really an anarchist? Maybe I was a socialist? Or an ecofeminist with strong social justice leanings? Finally, I just tried to figure out what kind of society I wanted. What was my vision for the future? I started thinking about what was central to what I believed.

Well, it turns out that SECS is my primary vision of the future. SECS describes the world that I want to see. What SECS means is that I want a society that is Simple, Egalitarian, Communal (and Cooperative!), and Sustainable. I'm going to spend the next bunch of posts explaining what I mean by each of those terms--and will probably include an additional post (or two) on resources for each.

None of this is profound. It's not new stuff and none of it is original with me. But I do think that it describes a direction for the future that is compatible with everything I've written thus far. I think it's flexible enough to allow many alternatives, but clear enough so that we can tell if we are following it. And, yes, I think many small, bottom up systems can be built using it.

I will tell you now that SECS is not my entire political vision--it's just the primary part. Warning--I have a secondary set of terms that either contradicts or enhances SECS. But let me get through SECS first.

(Incidentally, living Simply, Equally, Communally, and Sustainably, isn't a solution--it's a challenge!)

Quote of the day: "We must not be afraid of dreaming the seemingly impossible if we want the seemingly impossible to become a reality." - Vaclav Havel
Word (or phrase) of the day: Sapiosexuality
Hero(es) of the day: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolitionists

1 comment:

SoapBoxTech said...

I love this whole post.