Sunday, February 27, 2005

Autonomy, personal view

There are a lot of ideas floating around, a lot of creative things, but people might question, with some of the stuff associated with the broad category of autonomist oriented writings what in the world does this have to do with real life?

Yes, one could conceivably go off and do something like establish a squat, find one and live in it, or organize on the job autonomously....actually that last one sounds pretty reasonable, but let's keep focussed...however with a lot of the really exotic stuff it sometimes seems distant from life.

Like studying utopian communities, or drop out communities, or people living on the margins, or things from history which were uprisings or insurrections where people temporarily established some sort of free state.

While all of these things undoubtedly have their value I think that the value of some of this stuff also comes from taking the insights and ideas, attitudes and opinions, about how current society is, how we could live, what's wrong, what's right, and trying to apply it to do to day life here and now.

You don't have to live in a utopian community to be able to read about why they established themselves, what they thought was wrong with society, what they aimed to do differently, and say "Yeah, I can see their point, that is messed up, society is a little bad in that way, maybe I should try to live differently".

One of the values of the utopians and the general insights of those associated with autonomy is how they can inform how life is like now.

You don't have to do something wild and crazy to do that. Although organizing on the job would be nice.

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