What is Mesh Mode?
Mesh Mode is a catalyst to transform cultures and institutions of domination into a new zeitgeist of cooperation, autonomy, and voluntary association. Mesh Mode uses avante-garde praxis to inspire imagination and creativity in culture, in a revolutionary vision of human potentiality and liberated life. In tandem with cultural metamorphosis, Mesh Mode organizes to replace hierarchical institutions with a decentralized, community-based direct democracy of neighborhood assemblies and worker cooperatives.
Present-day "politics" is not democracy, but statecraft, where the interests of investor classes are managed by politicians, who make decisions for an alienated constituency, with the "debate" limited to what civil rights the state will strip and how it will manage the crises created by undemocratic economic systems.
Direct democracy is simply democracy. Communities make their own decisions and individuals directly participate in the decision-making process. Instead of communities being ruled by centralized states, communities self-govern, in neighborhood assemblies, organized in a decentralized confederation.
Centralized, undemocratic economic systems exploit all but the investor classes, destroy ecological systems, and form the backbone of other systems of domination and oppression. From the Marxist-Leninist, totalitarian states that called themselves "Communist" and "Socialist," to late-stage capitalist economies, dominated by corporations, these systems are obsolete and catastrophic.
Democratic control of production replaces current dictatorships of the workplace with companies owned and operated, in direct democracy, by all the employees of the company. Policies are set by all employees, administrators are elected, and while market economics remain, the surplus-value of every employee's labor is returned to them.
Ecological destruction is neither caused by humanity, as misanthropic environmentalist narratives proclaim, nor is it caused by a simple mismanagement of policies to be corrected by states or the hidden fist of capitalism, in order to sustainably exploit natural resources. The current ecological crises arise from the domination and exploitation of nature, which originates in the domination and exploitation of human beings in hierarchical social systems.
Decentralized, democratic control of both production and communities provides the cure to the voracious appetite of capitalism, while community control provides the cooperative, horizontal basis needed to break free from domination.
Revolutionary political movements of the past and present have focused on seizing states by electoral statecraft or violent revolutions, or on destroying them before constructing future institutions. These praxes have only resulted in ineffectual political parties, watered-down capitalist states, totalitarian regimes, or nothing from the start.
Instead of statecraft or violent overthrow, neither of which build democratic institutions, the dual power model creates the future institutions today, in the shell of the old. The movement is organized around neighborhood assemblies and cooperative networks, that also form the basis of democratic institutions that will replace the state and corporatocracy.
Modern political and social movements are plagued by dogmatism, anachronistic fantasies of 20th Century narratives, or a suffocating resignation for a supposed "pragmatism."
"The assumption that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking." -Murray Bookchin
The basis of a free society is not only democracy, but freedom from domination. Hierarchical structures seek to create a social unity through homogeneity. Hierarchy is based on domination with a social strata that can only make differences between individuals and groups antagonistic in a competition for supremacy. Diversity and autonomy are viewed as threats in such systems.
Autonomy and pluralism are inextricable principles of a free society. This means the embrace of diversity at every level, from the individual to community to culture. Without a system organized on the basis of respect for individual liberty, autonomy, and self-rule, a system of majority-rule is just as tyrannical as rule by a few.