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The Question (ID Number 628)...

    I am writing a short story about a small community in present day California that decides to implement your ideas from Ishmael and My Ishmael (ie, not locking up the food, laws that work for the way people are, an education system that lets children follow their noses and learn from thier environment, etc.) into their society as social experiment. I am a fiction writer and I think this will help me to understand your philosophies. This has been a fun and challenging project. I was wondering if you have a vision of what a modern day "leaver" society would look like? I would be interested in comparing your vision with my own. I have searched the Q&As to the best of my ability and did not see a specific answer to this question, if there is one, could you point me to it?

    ...and the response:

    The answer you're looking for is found in my nonfiction work Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure. The members of your community would be living as a tribe or as a collection of tribes. A tribe is nothing more than a small group of people making a living together. Aboriginal tribes make their living as hunter-gatherers or as agriculturalists. Beyond Civilization shows that the specific occupation has nothing to do with tribalism, meaning that you don't have to be hunter-gatherers or agriculturalists in order to have a tribe. My book gives examples of groups in modern American society making their living together (and it works really well).

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