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Why We Support the New Municipalist Movement & Why You Should Too
For most English speakers, the word municipality is an awkward, administrative word that usually rings hollow, and it is hard to imagine that it is a much more exciting word to native speakers of other languages. It is defined as ‘a single urban administrative division having corporate status and jurisdictions as granted by national and state laws to which it is subordinate’ – instantly evocative of Kafkaesque bureaucracy.
However, the latin etymology stems from mūnicipium, which means, free town, a town whose people were (Roman) citizens, governed by their own laws, and magistrates and it is
these ancient concepts of freedom, self-organisation and citizen-ownership that are the cornerstones of the New Municipalist Movement.
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In a nutshell, this describes the argument that the 15-M/Occupy/Syntagma/various local movements are alive and well, albeit in distributed and less immediately apparent ways. For those willing to look, their effects are readily identifiable. Remember that not even six years have passed since the occupations; this isn’t a tale of hippies turning into yuppies. This is the story of a movement that refuses to take the news of its own demise as a binding contract.”
This article tells the story of a new way of doing politics distinct from the hierarchical, patriarchal political “options” of the present (your neoliberals, your Trumps or your verticalist left). It is the story of a P2P/Commons politics born out out of street protest movements and solidarity economics which has been able to gain power in a number of cities worldwide. But can this new P2P politics be taken to the next level? We argue that not only it can, but it may one of the most viable options to survive as a species and restore our relation to the planet.
C'est une forme d'organisation totalitaire, voire même sectaire. Dans ces structures, il y a la reproduction d'un même schéma avec un leader charismatique, incarné généralement par le fondateur de la société, autour duquel se crée un culte de la personnalité.