We often lament the dehumanization of our communities, with nobody sitting on the front porch and no conversations around the cracker barrel. Often we blame this on the automobile or the oil lobby or some other interest group and not without some justification. But one of the contributing factors is zoning law, which made the corner store illegal and put a real crimp on home industries. Yes this has tidied up the neighborhood but do we really want it to be so sterile that we only see people on Facebook or at work?
This blog is pointed toward the formation of Fusion Enterprises which have one defining characteristic, they put humanity first, and this often means that they are local. Local people using resources that are in abundance to make things and provide services for local people (and maybe some left over for export to the extended family). We will discuss the other attributes of Fusion Enterprises as we go along, but for today I just want to look at zoning. Zoning is something that can be addressed locally and we don’t have to flail our arms in the air in exasperation because we can’t bring down the Oligarchy that is ruling us, you know MiLords. Not to say that MiLords will not fight us when we take over local zoning, but they will have to wage 10,000 little battles and we will be on home turf (sort of like why we had a big advantage over King George III in the 1770’s).
Frankly fighting this battle is not high on my personal list. I am assuming that if things get really tough and people start making things locally, nobody is going to be enforcing zoning laws. But for those of you who like to duke it out with the County Board of Supervisors or the City Council, I applaud your efforts to get zoning laws ready for the coming era, when Fusion Enterprises will come into their own. A good place to start might be fighting for the right to run chickens in your back yard.