Aristocratic communalism (Kartvelian: არისტოკრატული კომუნალურიზმის aristokratuli komunalurizmis; sometimes abbreviated as AriCom) is a form of meritocratic communalist welfare state socio-economic and political system that originates in Varkana. It is combining more typically left-wing positions with elements of right-wing politics, such as forms of socialism and social conservatism, thus making it the opposite of the Third Way system. Aristocratic communalism is pursuing an economically rational society, where all goods are designed and manufactured to have the highest durability and quality, a society where needs are guided by rational and ecological standards, set by an aristocratic elite, and where the ancient notions of limit and balance replace the capitalist imperative of "grow or die".
Aristocratic communalism, as developped in Varkana, holds deep roots with Dedamitism. It is sometimes even called "Dedamitist socialism", just like exists Christian democracies or Sharia states. Most of the social conservative aspects of aristocratic communalism comes from dedamitism, while many also come from classical antiquity values such as the cardinal virtues, as expressed in the official motto of Varkana.
Aristocratic communalism advocates a post-scarcity economy system that will be reached through a transitional phase to autarky or limited-autarky. It advocates self-sufficiency, sustainability, and local economies, managed by a central democratic and aristocratic government.
Aristocratic communalist economics support a state-controlled economy that accept a mix of private and public ownership over the means of production. Economic planning is applied to both the public and private sector, and the prosperity of private enterprise depended on its acceptance of synchronizing itself with the economic goals of the state. Communalist economic ideology supports the profit motive, but emphasizes that industries must uphold the common interest as superior to private profit.
While aristocratic communalism accepts the importance of material wealth and power, it condemns materialism, which it identifies as being present in both communism and capitalism, and criticizes materialism for lacking acknowledgement of the principles of Dedamitism. In particular, aristocratic communalists criticizes capitalism not because of its competitive nature nor its support of private property which communalists support; but due to its materialism, corrupt individualism, alleged bourgeois decadence, and alleged indifference to the population and the religion. Aristocratic communalism denounces Marxism for its advocacy of materialist internationalist class identity, which aristocratic communalists regard as a form of ochlocracy and against healthy individualism as described by Nietzsche.
Economic self-sufficiency, known as autarky, is a major goal of aristocratic communalism. Aristocratic communalists hold the belief that difficulties (e.g. postwar devastation, lack of natural resources) can be overcome through willpower and ingenuity. For instance, following the ???? energy crisis, the saying "In Varkana we don't have oil, but we have ideas" was coined. It emphasizes modernization, resulting in a variety of ambitious state plans. Examples of this trend include the extensive use of renewable energy (close to 100% of Varkan electrical consumption), the Varkan intranet, and the Varkan monorail, a high-speed monorail network.
Social and Political theory
Role of the state
Reform versus revolution
Like other socialist variants, aristocratic communalism hold revolutionary and reformist views. Revolutionary aristocratic communalists believe that a revolution is necessary to effect structural changes to the socio-economic structure of society. Reformism is the belief that aristocratic communalists should stand in parliamentary elections within capitalist or other societies, and if elected, utilize the machinery of government to pass political and social reforms for the purposes of ameliorating the instabilities and inequities of capitalism or other systems.
Criticism of conventional democracies
A main point of aristocratic communalism is its criticism of fully established democracies like Varkana used to be before the ??? revolution. Such kinds of democracies, still existing and prevailing at this time, are considered by aristocratic communalism as mere ochlocracies ("rule of the general populace") which are democracies ("rule of the people") spoiled by demagoguery, "tyranny of the majority", and the rule of passion over reason, just as oligarchy ("rule of a few") is aristocracy ("rule of the best") spoiled by corruption, and tyranny is monarchy spoiled by lack of virtue.
One best example of such phenomena was the period of Varkan history from ???? to ????. During that time, Varkana was filled with corruption, demagoguery and populistic politics, where economic difficulties due to the capitalistic socioeconomic system led to general desperation and deprivation, causing an important income cleavage. These difficult times, lacking important and improved education systems and social services for the populations, disinformation and mass media manipulation, created an anti-immigration sentiment and the rise of right-wing ideologies in Varkana. A moral panic was created in Varkana, mainly against the non-Dedamitist populations. Pogroms happened quite regularly while the government tried in vain to stop them, occupied with the Adonian economic crisis and political crisis which led to the major war and ended in ???? with the Varkan revolution.