BOOK LIGHTS: from “Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age”, edited by Daniel Pinchbeck, in the chapter, ‘Mutual Aid Revisited’ by Anya Kamenetz

Mutual aid societies prefigure most functions of the modern state. They’re at least as old as armies, but their mission is life, not death. For millennia, people have banded together to provide one another with health care, pensions, unemployment aid, investment capital, buying power, aid to the poor, disaster relief, old age care, child care, culture, entertainment, political efficacy, education, food, shelter, and livelihoods. They have also leveraged their numbers to elicit some of these same benefits from those other two institutions, business and the government. Mutual aid extends the bonds of kinship and makes individuals into citizens.

Anya Kamenetz

The way of The Divine Feminine is to engage in ‘mutual aid’ without giving up our individualism. Each of us joining with the others creates a powerful force in the world of the 21st Century!

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