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Larks!: Introducing An Anarchy

July 1, 2015

I’ve been threatening (here and here) to unleash a healthy, happy, nonviolent, democratic community on the world, and here it is! Larks! WA.

Meanwhile, these good people’s naming has been stolen by those dastardly Bush campaign people, who will stoop as low as they believe is necessary; but the Bush history will not support the human spirit the way Larks!’s does:

Larks! (as you might already know) was founded in Iowa by Czech-speaking immigrants who had recently settled in that state. They renamed their farming community, in the summer of 1893, feeling a rush of inspiration when Antonin Dvořák came to live and compose nearby. The meadowlarks that were plentiful in Iowa at that time gave wing to their feeling that they could live together in such a healthy way that each morning (even in the winter as they revived their hearth fires and drank fresh, ice-cold water) would be a new world. They set themselves to figuring out how they could do that.

Over the years the descendants of those founding families sought their livelihoods in many states, and abroad; but during the greatest of America’s depressions (so far), in the 1930s, and then after the war, they began to gather and resettle, in the valleys of the Cascades, east of Seattle but West of the rest (and yes, young Larks!ians were active in the nonviolent protest against WTO, but not wearing black—they were dressed as turtles and such, and as workers and homeless people).

Larks! is a small city now, much like Everett. In future episodes, as I’m thinking out loud about anarchy, as a viable option for advancing our democracy, I’ll describe life in this community, and I’ll explore how it contributes to our understanding of the psychopathology of American democracy (and btw, anarchy is a psychopathology too, a pathos of the soul).

These are an imagined, and most important, imaginative people, in some ways like the imaginary friends who enlivened my childhood with imagination, and who prepared my way for others, like them but touchable, family and dear friends who have enlivened my life and my imagination even more.

An example of life in Larks!

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