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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To imagine new worlds then, to appropriate such a view, is an impulse that can only be recognized after the horse is dead, after social relations are organized by communicating and coordinating with each other, after capitalism stops organizing our vision for us. But as journalist Nathan Schneider shows, there is a democratic alternative to the robber-baron economy hiding in plain sight; we just need to know where to look.

Since capitalism delimits the futures we can represent — capitalist realism sells, after all — we are better off writing exposés of such failures through genre.

Everything for Everyone is a window into a possible future and a powerful antidote to our present moment’s ubiquitous moods of anti-utopianism, despair, nostalgia, and capitalist-realism. E. O’Brien and Eman Abdelhadi present in Everything for Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune, 2052-2072 isn’t one free from the blood, trauma, and harsh realities of life. It is a process of making new forms of collective life as the content of revolution, shorn of romance. Real community, however, also emerges as a tendency made possible through cooperation in crisis, a tendency inherent in Marx, further theorized by feminists of social reproduction as a possibility both outside and against capital.

Matt does a great job introducing the topic of coop's but then gets lost in the digital counter culture getting bogged down in the more revolutionary aspects of cooperatives. At a certain point, it might have been better to simply say there was a war, we won, and to make way for discussing the fantastic Alternative Land Projects turning streets into farms, or the biologists designing new animals to help bolster ecological growth in flooded cities. Some fought in and around NYC, but some of the interviewees were also involved in struggles in Palestine, in China, and for indigenous sovereignty and against fascism in the rural parts of what was formerly the United States. Everything for Everyone presents a world in which everyone can become someone else, catch their breath, and then do it again. So, if you have ever wondered to yourself, What will the triumph of indigenous land struggles, the overthrow of colonial occupations, and the fall of capitalism look like?Everything for Everyone reproduces a historical account of various uprisings of that period against the same issues that mark our milieu: crises in healthcare, education, food distribution, mass militarization and brutality, imperialist capture of Indigenous land, forced detentions, overwork, violence, discrimination, unemployment, and ecological collapse. Like much other quasi-utopian SF ( The Dispossessed [1974] , Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom [2003] , the Terra Ignota sequence [2016-2021]), Everything for Everyone solves the first problem with aplomb.

It was as though all the hard things my friends and family were going through became my problems too. You’ve spent the last six months doing the work of an experienced trauma counselor despite being paid like a receptionist. Leftists are often accused of being against everything, but not having a vision of what we're fighting for.Instead, he skates around the contradictions that his work reveals and quickly moves on to the next anecdote. In fact, the book at one point has members of the Latin Kings joining and becoming indispensable in the revolutionary assembly. In Everything, Schneider occasionally recognizes the problem—that cooperative ownership, absent of a politics and culture committed to a transformative vision, doesn’t by itself deliver the desired change. Every year we publish a selection of books and pamphlets that address the key issues facing activists and trade unionists.

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