Are Collectives Liberatory? Debating the Value and Future Role of Collectives
Renewing the Anarchist Tradition Conference A Scholarly Conference November 2-4, 2007 in Montpelier, Vermont Participants: Zach Blue (AK Press), Suzanne Shaffer (AK Press), Alana Lopez (Rock Dove), and Mallory Knodel (Bluestockings) Anarchists often build collective bodies to function as alternatives to hierarchal society, with the idea that collective institutions, lessons, and experiences will prepare us for life after the state. But how well do we fare? Is it possible to build viable alternatives within the constraints of capitalism? Where problems persist in our projects, can we pinpoint the sources, and critically engage with our obstacles and shortcomings? Do our projects offer inspiring and replicable examples capable of enchanting the broader public? Where do collectives fit into revolutionary anarchist traditions? Looking at practical issues facing collective organizations--specifically including organizational strengths and weaknesses, issues of gender, and relationships to capitalism--panelists will discuss the current status and limitations, and envision the future, of collective work. We hope others with experience in collectives will attend and participate in the conversation.