Our Ecological Order

Within my book, “Cosmopoly,” the foundation of Cooperativism is that we fundamentally exist within a biological existence. We share our biosphere and natural environment with all that are the result of the physical existence of life and the foundation upon which everything else begins.  Therefore, the way that we human beings treat our biosphere will determine how we define it, which is directly linked to how we treat each other as well.

Our traditional way of defining things according to ourselves makes them all different form us. By defining our biosphere as being different from us, we have separated it from us as well. This has resulted in determining ourselves the same way that we think about the natural world.

The result historically has been that many people defined the biosphere as they did each other, which was always as though it were a separate entity from them and, therefore, ripe for exploitation. Therefore, only when we change our relationship with each other and see ourselves cooperatively will we also see the biosphere and our relationship with it differently than we do now.

If we are to see ourselves as a single human entity, then we need to see our bio-sphere cooperatively as our partner and the one from whom we obtain our natural existence and, therefore, the one to whom we owe our primary allegiance, because it can exist without us but we can not exist without it. When the biosphere is seen as the source of all life and we an extension of it, then we will also come to realize that it was never naturally an extension of us politically but instead we where an extension of it naturally.

When we come to see ourselves as an extension of the biosphere, we will also come to see that our political borders were never natural and only politically self-serving to those that controlled those borders, which resulted in controlling the personal capabilities of the people within them. Life’s natural resources must be seen as intended for all of us to enjoy and not just the few that politically or economically dominate them for their own purposes by politically trying to limit the access of the people and their capabilities to the political limits imposed upon them.

Entrusted Natural and Private Property

One of the tenants of Cooperativism is that the earth belongs to all the things on it and must be shared by all. Natural property can only be used but never owned. Instead of owning property of the natural environment, the people and their institutions would instead hold any property of the natural environment entrust. This entrusted property could be bought and sold like any other commodity.

Cooperativism is ecologically based, which means that it sees all private property as being ecological property that has been leased to the public for private utilization and must provide a positive result for society and not adversely affect the natural environment in order to achieve it.

Within Cooperativism private land property, because it would exist as natural territory, would be seen to be natural property in the long run which would essentially make it a part of the natural resources state trust and ecological state, and be under its ultimate stewardship. Therefore, private property, while privately owned would be seen to be ultimately an extension of the natural world of which all natural resources would in the end be a part of.

All entrusted property would be given an expiration date when the entrustment would have to be reissued. Entrusted property could have stipulations placed upon it that would specify its use. The property entrusted to a civil or personal trust would be the entrusted resources that would be made available to the members of the trust for exploitation and development.