Magazine article New Internationalist

Utopian Hurdle #1: The Real Anarchist

Magazine article New Internationalist

Utopian Hurdle #1: The Real Anarchist

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We have now visited Our' 16 acres twice. The place never loses its gentle charm. However, it is not 'ours' yet, and Isa thinks it is bad luck to call it that until the sale is signed off. But things are moving: we have sold our London flat and our offer on the land has been accepted. Its rolling fields and semi-ruined farmhouse emanate abandonment, overflowing with brambles and building materials that are gradually pillaged by local youth. But the site itself is only one part of the story. Just as important are the networks we hope to resonate with locally: we definitely don't want to retreat to the countryside, but rather open up another front against capital and for life.

One of the most valuable aspects of the project is that three deeply rooted locals are on board. Together, we want to build a place where our abilities to explore post-capitalist ways of living will be nourished, and where tools of resilience and autonomy can be constructed and shared. …

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