Another fortnight, another reading. With the recent passing of Howard Zinn, we thought it would be appropriate to read an interview conducted by Ziga Vodovnik with Zinn in 2008. From the text:
ZV: Pierre‑Joseph Proudhon once wrote that: “Freedom is the mother, not the daughter of order.” Where do you see life after or beyond (nation) states?
HZ: Beyond the nation states? (laughter) I think what lies beyond the nation states is a world without national boundaries, but also with people organized. But not organized as nations, but people organized as groups, as collectives, without national and any kind of boundaries. Without any kind of borders, passports, visas. None of that! Of collectives of different sizes, depending on the function of the collective, having contacts with one another. You cannot have self‑sufficient little collectives, because these collectives have different resources available to them. This is something anarchist theory has not worked out and maybe cannot possibly work out in advance, because it would have to work itself out in practice.
We would be really interested to hear what you think of this and the other readings so far. Give us suggestions for further texts (this can include movies and music!) in the comments.