I often wonder what may have happened in Tlingit Aani and elsewhere in the region if our decentralized clan system had staved off disease and successfully resisted colonization by the United States. Would the Natives of the Pacific Northwest Coast have continued on as a network of autonomous clans, tribes, bands and villages? I think it would have been possible if disease hadn’t significantly decreased our population.
This article at Attack the System shows that Europe has historical examples of societies that lacked centralized states but still managed to prosper.
By Spencer Pearson
One of the major objections to the idea of pan secessionism deployed by critics is that it is “unrealistic”. Which is to suggest that there is no way such a society could be brought about and that further if it could it would be hopelessly unstable. It is some considerable testament to the power of the idea of the state, and particularly nation-state, that for most people any other political arrangement is literally inconceivable. Yet the fact is that the history books are full of examples of societies which if not explicitly “pan secessionist” bear a good deal of resemblance to what is proposed by pan secessionism. That such societies have existed in the past in strong evidence that extreme political decentralisation is a viable societal arrangement.
Perhaps the most obvious historical example of something akin to a “pan secessionist” society is that of…
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