Paths Toward Utopia: Asserting the Commons against Enclosures

Paths Toward Utopia: Asserting the Commons against Enclosures

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As the do-it-ourselves occupations that have swept across the globe from Egypt to United States are proving, direct democracy and cooperation are becoming powerful everyday experiences for millions, with people self-organizing everything from food to general assemblies. This compelling and quirky, beautiful and at times messy experimentation has cracked open a window on history, affording us a rare chance to grow these uprisings into the new landscape of a caring, ecological, and egalitarian society--a world of our own collective making and doing. This workshop will draw out some of the promise as well as dilemmas of the occupy moment in North America, focusing specifically on the implicit and at times explicit anticapitalist and antistatist lived practices of "the commons."

Cindy Milstein, an Institute for Anarchist Studies collective member and Occupy Philly participant, is the author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations (AK Press) and coauthor of the forthcoming Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations in Everyday Anarchism (PM Press).