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Response to True Blue Door (Original post)

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 08:16 PM

51. Take over an abandoned military base.



Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania (Danish: Fristaden Christiania) is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of about 850 residents, covering 34 hectares (84 acres) in the borough of Christianshavn in the Danish capital Copenhagen. Civic authorities in Copenhagen regard Christiania as a large commune, but the area has a unique status in that it is regulated by a special law, the Christiania Law of 1989, which transfers parts of the supervision of the area from the municipality of Copenhagen to the state. It was closed by residents in April 2011, whilst discussions continued with the Danish government as to its future, but is now open again.

Christiania has been a source of controversy since its creation in a squatted military area in 1971. Its cannabis trade was tolerated by authorities until 2004. Since then, measures for normalising the legal status of the community have led to conflicts, police raids and negotiations which are ongoing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freetown_Christiania


I've never been there, but apparently the city I live in is a multi-cultural wilderness compared to other cities in the U.S.A.. Good luck here complaining to the "authorities" about the state of a neighbor's front lawn unless there's a gunshot victim bleeding out on it. If you don't like a neighbor's weeds you talk to you neighbor, and maybe ask them if they'd like you mow down the weeds yourself.

For many reasons I've never felt terribly invested in this current manifestation of civilization. I'm rather disconnected from "consumer culture."

In a typical day I only see a few advertisements for specialized technical products. I don't watch satellite, cable, or broadcast television. I have no idea what's "on television." Our household television plays older movies without commercials. That's all it does.

I simply don't care, I've never been able to care, I'm diagnosed as somewhere on the autistic spectrum, and my parents are both artists who worked to feed, clothe, and house their children. Anything beyond that supported their art. My real life "serious persona" is an act.

My dad's dad was an artist too. He was an aerospace engineer. He didn't work for the social prestige, even for the money, rather he was obsessed by exotic metals. Some of the parts for the Apollo moon project are his. He was also talented at interfacing between ordinary society and eccentric people, people much more eccentric than he was, the sort who run down the street naked yelling "EUREKA!". That's why the Army Air Force made him an officer in World War II.

One of my brothers used to enjoy Burning Man, before it got so big. He was also an executive for a major corporation. But he threw it all away before he was forty and "retired."

So we were sitting on the beach shooting the breeze and came to the conclusion that every day was Burning Man.

I may die in a cardboard hovel, or as the stinky guy using the library computer or wifi connection, but in my own universe I've always been a free man, even when I've been entirely dysfunctional as an ordinary human being.

If you start living your personal utopia today maybe people will join you.

In the mid 'eighties my wife and I met as Los Angeles commuters. We soon moved away and we've avoided that commuter lifestyle ever since, part good fortune, part deciding "non-commuter" would be an opportunity we would seize. All that money and time we "saved" not commuting, not caring for cars, went to our kids and our arts.

I build my personal utopias every day, two steps forward, one step back.

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