The dominant society and its capitalistic ideology pushes people into an individualistic way of life, which often increases feelings of helplessness and forces people into exploitative relationships. This is one of the reasons why many anarchist theories seek an alternatives in the balance between an alienated society – where the influence of the individual is easily lost; and individuals overly concerned about their own comfort; in communities, which should enable the participation and influence of all involved on the one hand and allow sufficient individual freedom on the other.
Community is a very broad concept, but it narrows down a bit when we talk about radical communities that are able to bring changes in the lives of those involved and broadly. This is why anti-authoritarian movement, among other things, advocates for organizing collectives and the communities around them, as well as further networking based on the principles of anti-authoritarianism, self-organization, autonomy, etc. regardless of the nature of our activity (cooperative, housing commune, comunal farming, interest group, …), as the way of organizing ouselves itself is supposed to create pockets of alternatives to a dominant society and sow the seeds for future radical social change.
At the thematic assembly, we will discuss the politics of “non-political” communities, the relationships between the individual, the community and society; and the importance of stable structures, such as e.g. collectives, to develop resilience to destructive social processes and to build their own political power.