All for one and one for all.
Ludd: mythical leader of the Luddites, aka Ned Ludd or Captain Ludd
Ludda: a person whom one knows, likes, and trusts; a comrade in a cause
We are a tight-knit community of people reclaiming our lives from machines.
We are a community of folks who have walked away from modern society and given our hearts to an old-fashioned way of living. We are luddites — people who are choosing to radically diminish the role of machines in our lives. We live on small cottage farms a short distance from one another. Most of us are former urbanites. We are all dedicated to a way of living based on local economy, subsistence skills, part-time agrarianism, and mutual aid.
We are learning from Plain neighbors, whose successful communities go back nearly 500 years, and look to them in many ways as models and teachers. We differ from our Plain neighbors in one important way: we systematically look for ways to lessen the workload of our homesteads so that we have plenty of time for non-agrarian, artisanal, and intellectual pursuits, outdoor adventures, hanging in hammocks, and savoring the delights of our rural world.
A tight-knit community:
Ludda is a society of good neighbors and friends. We consider the quality of our relationships the most essential part of our vision and practice. We put human-community building above house building or gadgetry. It is out of the easy interweaving of our everyday lives that our community grows. True community is about standing by one another, this day and everyday. We put a lot of energy into cultivating our bonds, and we embody our loyalty in practical habits of mutual aid.
In a sense, Ludda is like a guild: we are bound together by the love of a unique lifestyle, and by commitment to safeguarding our culture, livelihood, and the web of life that makes it all possible.
Reclaiming our lives from machines:
If you would have liked a tweaked 18th century, you’ll like Ludda. Our bias is against power machines, noise makers, glaring lights that steal the night, TVs, electricity and phones (to some extent), and institutionalized, bureaucratized, technocratized everything.
Of course, all this opens up a big can or worms, and it is impossible to go into details in a paragraph or two. Suffice it to say that we share deep wariness of modern gadgetry and various “inappropriate” technologies, and are in the process of developing a gauntlet to run all technics through before acceptance.
Voilà: a gauntlet. Instead of a scientist with a paper, picture an electric can opener on legs. In the world at large, it is the human being who must run the gauntlet while the machines hold the clubs!
Ludda FAQ #1
- Are you, um… a cult? Um, no. We expect our members to think! We do have shared values and norms, but people who join have gone through an apprenticeship, so they face no surprises regarding the group’s functioning. Any member can leave at any time.
- Do you follow a charismatic leader? No.
- Do you govern yourself by the method known as ‘consensus’? No. We have something better!
- Are you, like the Plain Old Orders, a church? No. Our members are free to worship where ever they please, or to remain unaffiliated.
- What do you mean by “cottage farms”? We mean small-scale gardens, orchards, free-ranging pastured animals, and other practices of diversified subsistence cultivation supplemented by foraging.
- Do you all follow a particular diet? Our community gatherings are omnivorous. Each household is of course free to follow its preferences, and share their favorite dishes. We care a great deal about having fresh foods, locally grown under known conditions.
- What kind of people are you looking for as members? We seek people with a common outlook, drawn to a commitment to a very particular vision and practice. Anyone who resonates with the vision as outlined above is welcome to learn more. We do not require a unity of belief.
- What do you mean by a “tweaked 18th century”? We mean by it access to antibiotics, to good reading lamps, bicycles, and other goodies provided by later times, judiciously incorporated into a way of life that treasures its community, old-fashioned beauty, and slow pace of life and cares for the land that cradles it.