The dream seems to describe a community where individuals have a certain degree of control over their water supply, while also relying on a shared main canal and interconnected locks to prevent contamination. The mix of independence and interdependence in this system is similar to the idea of the Dutch Poldermodel, which emphasizes cooperation between various stakeholders in decision-making processes and the balancing of individual interests with the common good. The dream also touches on the concept of self-regulation, as each group is responsible for maintaining the quality of their own water supply, and the idea of a trusting system, as the colored chemicals needed to customize the water are readily available for all to use. However, the dream also highlights the tension between economic interests (fishing) and environmental concerns (contaminated water). This aspect is not specifically a part of the Dutch Poldermodel, which focuses on reaching consensus and balancing different interests, rather than resolving conflicts.
The dream reflects some aspects of the Dutch Polders, such as the idea of a system of locks and pumps to control and regulate water supplies, with each group being responsible for the upkeep of their own water supply and having the ability to customize it to their needs. However, the dream also includes elements such as the contamination of the water supply and the idea of fishing as a source of income, which are not specific to the Dutch Polders. Additionally, the dream seems to suggest a certain level of trust between the different groups, which may not always be the case in real life.
In terms of the Dutch Poldermodel, the dream reflects the idea of collective decision making and self-governance, as seen in the meetings where the people decide their own laws. However, the dream also includes elements such as the contamination of the water supply, which could be seen as a failure of the decision-making process and not in line with the principles of the Dutch Poldermodel. Overall, while the dream includes some elements that reflect the Dutch Polders and the Dutch Poldermodel, it is not a perfect representation of either.
“This system of decentralized water management can be seen as a form of voluntarist-protectionist state, as it allows for the protection of individual rights and resources while also giving individuals the freedom to pursue their interests.”
I was dreaming about the Dutch Polder! How weird. It exists.
I mean, it’s a distorted subconscious limited view – I can’t recall ever learning about the Dutch Polder – yet it seems to hold up as similar. I ended up finding this when looking at Voluntarism, then looking at hybrid Voluntarist-State models of government, then ones that guaranteed more protections — and this is where YouChat reigned over chatGPT as I did them side-by-side: it recommended the Dutch Poldermodel as a real world example very specifically. chatGPT agreed when I mentioned it.
So I looked up the Dutch Poldermodel , its pluses and minuses, and then saw the Polder — it was that dream – and even the poldermodel seems to be in that dream too. Weird. No idea where all that came from.