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ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY & SUSTAINABLE NATIONAL-ANARCHIST COMMUNITIES. BETTER PRINCIPLES MAKE BETTER COMMUNITIES by PIERCARLO BORMIDA (N-AM Italy/Piedmont) Delivered at the first N-AM International Conference, Madrid, Sunday 18th June, 2017 I think that personal experience, however small, is always a good start to change the world around us. I was born in Southern Europe, in the Piedmont that was once part of Savoy, and which was still the land of Celts and Ligurians. The Romans managed to subdue the populations that lived in this region, but they could not completely change their character and attitude. The strong bond with the earth remained, although many centuries later they tried to destroy it with factories and industrialization. And above all with television and its surrogate model of man: a consumer slave of progress and economic well-being, faithful to globalization. But this vision has begun to take a downturn, it is in the eyes of everyone, otherwise we would not be here to talk about it. The tribal spirit that keeps pulsing in our veins has arisen in some of us, perhaps still few, but the fact is important in itself. After spending several years around the world first and then in the city, I felt the need to change direction. Or rather, to go home. Meanwhile, that house that once belonged to my ancestors had been sold, so we, me and my partner, had to look for another one that would suit us. We found it in the Piedmont Langhe, rooted in the history of the place and the surrounding nature. The primary factor that made us decide in this sense was a slow but inexorable detachment from contemporary society: the way I have been living until then was not that of a real man, the real man is the one who was asleep somewhere in the depths of consciousness. That is why the return to nature and its rhythms marked by the elements, from the cold of winter that tempers the soul to the summer heat that grows the fruits of our garden becomes a "rule." In the manner of ancient monastic orders, land and spirit, a social model that does not need anything else. Over the next 10 years the world will have to face a number of overwhelming problems: overpopulation, lack of oil and raw materials, climate change, reduced food production, drainage of drinking water sources, unbridled globalization, colossal debt. the system is most likely destined to collapse. So, we have to find solutions to survive. The media, the blind dogmatism of economists, an incompetent and destructive political class focused on defending its privileges, a world based on capitalism, serve only and exclusively to distract the public. But societies change because new ideas appear. The two main trends of the Left (Social Democracy and Communism) and the two main trends of the Right (the one that excludes any state intervention in the economy and the one that sees it as necessary to overcome the crisis) are culturally united by a positive assessment of the system of industrial production. Yet, if we think of our ancestors there was a time when a different lifestyle was possible, a time when man was part of nature: in the center was the earth. But how did we get to this point?The war on farmers started in England in the 1700s with the emancipation of enclosure laws, which obliged to encircle open fields and common lands to allow the adoption of agricultural techniques aimed at increasing the agricultural yields, in a word to "grow". Being good at nothing perceived as an anthropological impoverishment, along with the identification of the concepts of "new" and "best", are the distinctive features of the perfect compulsive consumer that the growth economy needs. "Our country just buys... It's just a big market of neurotic people all the same, poor and rich, who buy, buy, know nothing, and then they throw away and then buy again. Money is something abstract and religious at the same time, an end, an investment: “I have money, to buy stuff, how good I am, how my life has been successful, this money must increase "(Goffredo Parise, 1974). All this has to change: a system based on this kind of principle cannot last, and above all it cannot guarantee any prosperity or peace. We need to rethink a model integrated with the environment, a model that can meet the needs of the community.