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The 1% own half the World: Property is theft: here’s why…

1444959513104Squatting & the property question – Personal Possessions & Communal Property v Private Property
After an illegal eviction on Phibsborough Rd. in June much debate arose surrounding the legitimacy of the squatters and their rights to take over empty and unused properties and put them to use. This piece looking at the issue of squatting and property rights was written by a WSM member and an An Spreach member who were evicted on that day from the property.


—Personal Possessions & Communal Property v Private Property—

While one’s immediate reaction to using and living in an empty home or putting workplaces/land to use that is legally owned by another individual or company may immediately be that it is illegitimate or morally wrong, this article aims to deconstruct the argument that individuals, legal or real should be able to dominate and/or control property for their exclusive use, or to leave it rot at the expense of others.

see also: Richest one per cent owns more than half the world’s wealth ..

The ideas and justifications for private property go to the heart of the capitalist/statist system and its ability to control resources and the means to life to the exclusion, exploitation and detriment of the majority of the planet’s population.

What is private property?—’property is theft!’

Within the capitalist world, capitalist ideologues use the word ‘property’ to mean anything from a toothbrush to a workplace, this understanding of the word property has filtered into everyday use—however this is a false use of the word property. Its use in this context convinces people to associate their personal possessions with the monopolization of the means of life (private property). Wealthy-YachtEssentially, private property is the domination and control of resources (land/workplaces/food ect .) by individuals, which is backed up overwhelming by force (the state). Take, for example, Irish water. Denis O’brien and his cohorts control (dominate) the company to their own ends and profits and the state uses the gardai to back it up when their operations are disrupted by legitimate protestors fighting for their rights and livelihoods. This the how the relationship between private property and the state

The quote above, ‘property is theft’, which is taken from the French anarchist Proudhon forms the basis of the anti-capitalist attack on private property. The reasoning behind the statement that property is theft is that the Earth and all of the things produced by humans are the cumulative products of thousands of years and generations of work, science, innovation and production. Continue reading The 1% own half the World: Property is theft: here’s why…

Transition Movement explodes into Life: watch film here

in transition 2.0

In Transition 2.0: A Story of Resilience & Hope in Extraordinary Times

Transition is an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world of increasing uncertainty, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places. Continue reading Transition Movement explodes into Life: watch film here

Adventures in the New Economies of Catalonia: Film Project

Making Utopia: building the Commons in Iberia. part 2


Image of a popular party.  Zaharraz Harro Vitoria. en castellano abajo

Neighborhood movement in Vitoria / Gasteiz“We want to make the neighbors themselves decide and build the neighborhood”

 READ OR FREE DOWNLOAD THE BOOK HERE.. leer o copiar el libro gratis aquÍ Las Vecindades vitorianas. Una experiencia histórica de comunidad popular preñada de futuro Continue reading Making Utopia: building the Commons in Iberia. part 2

No land..No House……. NO VOTE..! Abahlali squatters fight back

Abahlali no vote

Abahlali baseMjondolo (Zulu[aɓaˈɬaːli ɓasɛmdʒɔnˈdɔːlo], Shack Dwellers), also known as AbM or the red shirts is a shack-dwellers’ movement in South Africa which is well known for its campaigning against evictions and for public housing.

The movement grew out of a road blockade organized from the Kennedy Road shack settlement in the city of Durban in early 2005 and now also operates in the cities of Pietermaritzburg and in Cape Town.

Continue reading No land..No House……. NO VOTE..! Abahlali squatters fight back

Anarchist Center ‘The Gatonera’: our eviction communiqué

Madrid: Anarchist squat La Gatonera evicted

In the early morning of October 27th, 2014, the squatted social centre La Gatonera in Madrid was evicted. We send strength to the comrades; nothing is finished.

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Which Way to Utopia?: Anarchist Spatial Theory

 by jessecohn


This is a fascinating Slide Essay which applies anarchist ideas to urban planning of all sorts.

How would the world appear if the rule of thge capitalist market were to end?

How would your barrio change if people’s power were to replace top down exploitation?

This Slide Show gives us a glimpse into a less insane world.

Continue reading Which Way to Utopia?: Anarchist Spatial Theory