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(en) Freedom 6316 10th August - a community worker Philosophy

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 21 Aug 2002 03:54:04 -0400 (EDT)

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Having been a community worker for over twenty years, I
need to have a grounding in a philosophy that combats the
day-to-day drip of government-inspired Ōflavours of the
monthÕ measures Š such as social inclusion or the
targeting of lone parents or the current threats to cut the
child benefit of parent/s of naughty children.
My solutions as an anarchist involve trying to create an
egalitarian, ecological society consisting of self-governing
communes here and now. Growing some of my own food,
riding and repairing my bike and enjoying the good
company of friends when out walking in Derbyshire with
Red Rambles.
Philosophically speaking, my major influences are Colin
Ward and Prince Kropotkin. Both embody a pragmatic
approach to problem-solving that encompasses
participatory politics, with egalitarian results. Colin has
not only written a magnificent ŌhandbookÕ on
community involvement in possible solutions (Anarchy
in Action), but has been involved himself in many
community struggles. These have included housing
cooperatives and helping to fight local authorities.
Kropotkin can now be viewed as an early pioneer of
ecological awareness. He argues for an appreciation of and
a working with the natural ecology instead of the raping
and pillaging of global capital we now experience. His
book Fields, Factories and Workshops outlined his ideas
for ending the split between urban and rural districts.
Cooperative workshops would be placed alongside fields.
This would create Ōgreen settlementsÕ with
self-governance and federalist networks Š something we
should be actively promoting today.
So instead of talking about food poverty, for example, I
work with others in the community to help set up a
community allotment and help distribute any spare
vegetables through community centres around the town.
Better to light a candle than rage against the dark!
As anarchists, we have both the vision and practical skills
to engage on the everyday level of social intercourse.
DonÕt let the men in suits fill our urban and rural
landscapes with their nightmares. Our dreams can come
true Š just do it.
Mike Hamilton

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