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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #287 - Book: Building too (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 5 Nov 2018 08:48:26 +0200

Because the glorious fresco of the coming tomorrows arouses more distrust than enthusiasm - and rightly so - it is to literature that the task of giving flesh to the specter of communism has fallen. ---- The science-fiction of Ursula K. The Guin, by its power and sensitivity, had already allowed us to project ourselves into the hopes, the difficulties and the contradictions of an anarchist society ; it is to her that Bicic is also dedicated. ---- In 2011, the Arab Spring found its extension in France: from one barricade to another, the Haraka (the " Revolt ") takes so much strength that the state falters ; Sarkozy fled to Panama after a failed coup, and the insurgency bogged down in a painful civil war.
In 2021, the time has come for the reconstruction, common to each commune, of an egalitarian and stateless society. From the forest district of Toulouse, which grew on the banks of the Garonne, to the free commune of La Guillotière in Lyon, through a canteen popular Geneva and rural communities of Vercors, it is each character that we follow in his hesitations, as to problems that we feel are real: when police and military desert and call to join the barricades under the banner of a radical nationalism, an opportunistic alliance is it possible ?

How to contain the violence released by the collapse of the state ? Should we arm the communes, or disarm everyone ? Should we put in place a general and binding system of division of tasks overhanging a mosaic of autonomous communities ? Or more prosaically, how to repair the washing machines if we can no longer manufacture them ? How to cover 300 km when the oil reserves of the region are exhausted ? What Internet revive to break the isolation without nuclear power plants ?

The prowess of this romantic exploration is to make us live this future and the questions it poses in all their thickness. Rarely has a novel made the idea of a revolution in the present, in all its contradictions, so tangible.

Admittedly, we can blame him on the one hand unequal writing (remember that it is a collective project !), And on the other hand the homogeneity of the points of view exposed.

The imaginary of the barricade is frankly predominant and the main characters are all convinced and experienced libertarian activists, where we would have liked to see how the insurrection has jostled social groups less likely to throw themselves at the first lights .

But let us rather see within these limits an invitation to oneself to take the pen to put pictures on this revolution to come.

Marco (36)

Build too . Workshops of the Antémonde, Paris, Editions Cambourakis, 2018, 18 euros.

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