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Everything for Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune, 2052–2072

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He holds an HBA from The University of Toronto, and a Master’s degree in English Lit from Ryerson University. This is not a book of theory, though it touches on theory regularly, but a matter of fact account of a number of real world, present day experiments in cooperatives.

The interviewees discuss the effects of climate catastrophe and mass species extinction, the liberation of Palestine, the communization of space, as well as personal stories of revolt, class war, trauma, healing, and politicization. In twelve fictional interviews, O’Brien and Abdelhadi discuss the slow communization of New York City — and the world — with sex workers, freedom fighters, teenagers, healthcare workers, and scientists.

It is a book for everyone and a book for our times: read it, share it, but don’t just talk about it. Everything for Everyone is influenced by a concatenation of communal forms — some historical, like protests and riots, and others that have been part of the infrastructural planning of existing communes. By the middle of the twenty-first century, war, famine, economic collapse, and climate catastrophe had toppled the world’s governments. Food has become more and more scarce throughout the 2040s, with those few left in the middle class relying on private security and the NYPD just an unusually cruel and well-armed gang. And it’s the long-term work of bearing and raising the next generation of workers, which, with the way our society is currently set up, is only really feasible to do within family units—ideally nuclear family units, which can be repressive to queer and trans people and which can be isolating or abusive when they are the only available refuge or source of material support.

Abdelhadi and O’Brien have created a vivid image of the possibility that we will one day make a home of the world.I mostly enjoyed the book, but the message is more one of creating a potential revolution as opposed to a cooperative. But as Nathan Schneider shows through years of in-depth reporting, there is an alternative to the robber-baron economy hiding in plain sight; we just need to know where to look.

You are always sending texts, rushing to someone’s bedside or to get them out of a difficult situation. The world is not perfect, but it’s pretty close in a lot of ways, making it more important than ever that new generations not repeat the mistakes of the past – and understand how their present was made. Climate refugees are welcomed freely into communes across North America and elsewhere; systems of community self-defense and preservation are in place and organized collectively; accountability functions to protect victims and mitigate violence.Charts dizzying, delightful new futures for science fiction, urban planning, and engaged social practice. Mierle Laderman Ukeles asked: “after the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?

Histories locate our antagonisms in the past, leaving the people of today behind as destitute shells.

But rather than a tidy solution, pain and anger at the destruction is felt more than anything else, and the reader does not get a clear, straightforward narration. O’Brien and Eman Abdelhadi’s Everything For Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune, 2052–2072 i s published by Common Notions.

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