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Reed said...

Dear Irv Mills,
In regard to your perception of real community being the natural environment of our species, I agree entirely.

That kind of society, real community, is the natural environment of our species when the culture is determined to maintain its permanence. That requires two things; a democratized production based economic organization, and attention to the safety of the natural environment.

It has required over a decade to complete the book, Decentralized Civilization, Prelude to the Subsequent Civilization - Revised, which I only now registered with the U. S. Copyright Office, July 2018. I was fortunate to have had the support of kind critics over the course of its writing.

This is an excerpt from that book.


Each sovereign DESO Community is designed to duplicate itself. In order for two or more Communities to form their Community Confederation, and ultimately Confederated Confederations, a written Constitution is indispensable and essential for the permanence of each sovereign Community, and essential for the creation of Decentralized Civilization. Such a Constitution must contain the Principles that protect the permanent, independent sovereignty of each Community of their Confederation.

Decentralized Civilization provides its people with “… the sustained dignity of a life well lived, a life that has a place in a sequence of generations, a life based on duty to others… [with] … devotion to a cause…” (12)

Community in Decentralized Civilization is populated with, “… individuals under a single ideal of mutual striving… [with]… inter-responsibility, [which creates a] … dependable and broad reservoir of meaning for each individual…” (13)

The Constitution of the Iroquois Six Nations is the Constitutional model that instructs the burgeoning, autonomous Communities of DESO in the permanent way of life, wherein, civic power is shared equally among all members. “Authentic Democracy” is proved to be the most effective and the most permanent form of humane human organization.

Note: Some Native American cultural/traditional practices (for example, the torture of captives) were psychopathological. Nonetheless, for our purposes, this version of the Constitution of the Iroquois Confederation, as presented in this text, is essential and pragmatic.” (Page 138)

Including the references and notes the book is 520 pages. The lines are double spaced.

Decentralized Civilization, Prelude to the Subsequent Civilization - Revised, demonstrates how people by their concerted effort can emancipate themselves from the private powers concentrated beyond their control. And, it establishes a societal means for at least mitigating the unraveling of our planet’s life support systems.

Decentralized Civilization, Prelude to the Subsequent Civilization - Revised, is among the methods we need to actualize for fighting for our survival as a humane species.

A little about myself; I graduated from Kenyon College and from Sul Ross State University. I am not a scholar, but my manner of writing is good enough to convey the philosophy of independence, as well as the civil, civic, and civic-economic organization of sovereign communities, and the civil, civic, and civic-economic organization of constitutionally confederated sovereign communities. The content area is more than I have room for in this letter.

Would you be kind enough to refer me to an e-mail address in order to establish contact with you? I would be honored if you would ask to receive a free electronic copy of this book. After you become familiarized with it, and if you think it is useful, then, please share it with your family and friends.

I think, Decentralized Civilization, Prelude to the Subsequent Civilization – Revised makes an important contribution to our evolution as a humane species.

If you would be so kind, please contact me at:

Irv Mills, thank you so much for your good work!

You be well.

Sincerely yours, Reed C. Kinney

Bill said...

Thank you for your insightful thoughts. You seem to be one of the most level headed people 'out there'. I have looked and have not found an easy to understand explanation of how to restore regular car batteries or similar to 'full health' after they die. If there is no way to do so, all the alternative energy generation sources like solar and wind will be shot after a few years. In addition, how easy is it to reverse engineer AC motors to actually generate power?
Please keep up the good work,

Irv Mills said...

@ Bill

The care and feeding on lead acid batteries is part of my trade, and I can tell you there is no magic way of resurrecting them once they have died. The materials they are made of can be recycled using fairly simple techniques and turned into new batteries.

Single phase AC motors are difficult to turn into generators, but three phase AC motors are very easy to turn into "induction generators" by connecting them electrically to an AC power source and mechanical to a prime mover (turbine or whatever) that spins the motors at a speed higher than they would normally run. Power is fed back into the system. Of course, you have to have a system to work with in the first place.

More practical for small scale generation are the alternators found in vehicles, which can be used to generator 12V DC. Again, you need a 12 volt battery to get things started.

When we are working with "village" level technology, I think batteries will still be doable, but more expensive and much less common--only used where nothing else will do. And we'll get good at using intermittent renewable energy sources in intermittent ways, and without converting them to electricity first, for the most part.

I think we'll be able to keep some of the more durable equipment produced by "BAU" working for decades, and we'll be salvaging materials let behind by BAU (like refined metals) for centuries.

You raise some questions and that allows me to make some good points. But most people aren't going to find comments at this location. In future, it would be great if you could comment on the current post.