Topic of the Week: Anarchist Utopias
Back in the 19th century visions of a new anarchist society were first articulated, and right before that century ended Peter Kropotkin published 'Fields, Factories and Workshops', a book that was groundbreaking in laying out how an anarchist society could operate.
A few decades after that, during the heady days of the Spanish Revolution, Diego Abad de Santillan published 'After the Revolution', which was similar in it's scope and specificity in outlining how an anarchist society could function. This was followed by Bolo'Bolo roughly 50 years later. Also in the 20th century other authors further elaborated on what anarchist societies could look like, such as the late Murray Bookchin and Colin Ward.
Now we are in the 21st century, and in a number of respects we are in a different era, what with the omnipresent internet, global climate change, and a world population of 7.5 billion humans, and counting. With that in mind, how can a future anarchist society look like now, taking the world as it is and going forth from there?
Yes, a future anarchist society could very well never come to be, but assuming that this is indeed something that we find desirable and want to see exist, what would this society look like and how would it work? How would things be organized in this new world, things like group decision-making, economic relationships and conflict resolution? What would daily life look like, what would families be like (if they exist at all), and what sort of work (or play) would people do to keep this society going? How can the whole thing be practical, sustainable, with everybody happy and healthy (as much as is possible, anyway)?
In other words, beyond mere aphorisms and platitudes, what would a new anarchist society look like to you?