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(en) Freedom 6319 5th Oct. 2002 - Reclaim the future

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Date Thu, 24 Oct 2002 08:32:11 -0400 (EDT)


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With the warmongers banging the drum for revenge
and manipulating the mainstream media to con us into
backing their war, a couple of recent events occurred
to remind us all that an alternative is possible. On
September 20th to 21st, people from Reclaim the
Streets and other progressive groups staged a two-day
'Reclaim the Future' event at a squatted venue in
North London.

This was an opportunity to look back and learn from
the achievements of RTS since the middle 1990s, with
a display of photographs, posters, leaflets and
testimonies. It was also a chance to look at possible
ways of moving forwards, with a series of workshops
based around alternative media, autonomous collective
working, solidarity and resistance.

On the evening of 21st September there was an
excellent and cheap party, with live bands and DJs.
This went ahead despite close attention from cops and
other party poopers. The event showed what can be
achieved in a disused building, in a short time and by a
determined group working together. It provided an
alternative space to the merciless consumerism (and
high prices) of capitalist society.

The following day, Sunday 22nd September, was
European car-free day Ğ or, at least,
In-Town-Without-Your-Car Day. Largely funded and
organised by mainstream reformist pressure groups
and lefty councils, it was unsurprising that this took
place on a Sunday. After all, it couldn't be allowed to
have too much impact on the moneymaking circus
that is capitalism.

But it did give us a glimpse of what would be possible
if society wasn't based around car-culture-capitalism.
Environmentally-friendly forms of transport were
promoted, roads were closed to traffic, the air was
cleaner (briefly) and the pace of life reduced.
If our lives weren't so dominated by car culture,
profit-making, the exploitation of the world's
resources and peoples, we might Ğ just might Ğ not
be fearing another war in the Middle East over control
of oil reserves and untapped markets for capitalist
modes of production.

We mightn't be faced with Iraq threatening its
neighbours and people with horrific forms of chemical
warfare, or with Israel threatening Arab neighbours
with its nuclear weapons, or with the US and UK
threatening just about anyone who won't do as they
say in the name of capitalist profit.  Don't dream about
it.  It's time to reclaim the future.
M.H.



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