Everything for Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune, 2052–2072

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Everything for Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune, 2052–2072

Everything for Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune, 2052–2072

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Faced with a multiplicity of cooperative economic institutions that happily coexist with each other and our existing economic system, and that lack a shared commitment to socioeconomic transformation, Schneider himself comments that “portions of the commonwealth have trouble noticing each other. Production is what happens at the factory or the warehouse, where most of us probably imagine "worker’s struggles" to take place. Barcelona is in the process of establishing a democratized economy, with a politics that’s more than just a collective act of refusal and exodus. It also could serve quite well as a dazzling introduction for newly politicizing folks who would benefit from a clear end-goal and would want to know what could be accomplished by the movements for human liberation. The book doesn’t shy away from dealing with the fact that New Yorkers are unlikely to get the worst brunt of the military blowback, especially compared to the periphery of the US’s internal empire.

Believers, with their eschatological politics, stake claims on land, and communities then sing of jingoistic nationalisms and policed cults.

Instead, it’s a shot across the bow for contemporary fiction, raising the bar on how to crystallize utopian longings in literary form.

You are always sending texts, rushing to someone’s bedside or to get them out of a difficult situation. Additionally, Kelley discusses the safe and healthy path forward for sex work (or skin work as the folks of 2067 might say), taken in a world without money. This kind of internationalism inflects all the interviews; the further you get into the book the more already referenced struggles reappear as people learn from one another’s tragedies and successes. In its antiwork future, wage labor is abolished and new forms of working together to abolish capital and maintain communities emerge simultaneously.This is the core of the book’s project: to weave the sociological, the speculative, and the personal, and to do so with thrilling imagination and endlessly tender empathy. Indeed, nostalgia is a posture the book pointedly refuses, for the ways that it makes rigid a single version of revolutionary change. In Schneider’s compelling take on the origins and future of cooperativism, working together isn’t just something we do in hard times, but the key to a future characterized by abundance and distributed prosperity. Humanizing The Economy has a richer description of coops and the their post www history and I would recommend Humanizing The Economy first and Everything for Everyone if you have a fascination with the digital side of cooperatives (open source software, blockchain, digital management tools).

This is a magisterial coverage of the cooperative commonwealth - its practicalities, its failings, and its promise. By the middle of the twenty-first century, war, famine, economic collapse, and climate catastrophe had toppled the world’s governments. The style of the interlocutors is academic, and it offers all that such a style confers: a purposiveness, a concrete set of intentions and demands, a sense of historicization, and necessary self-reflexivity.

Many, but not all, of the interviewees in the book played pivotal roles in the decades of insurrections that led to the fall of capitalism.

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