My Resoc Interview
By Caragh Iles at Nov 19, 2009
1. At a public talk someone asks you, "okay, I understand what you
reject, but I wonder what you are for? What institutions do you want
that you think will be better than what we have, for the economy,
polity, gender, race, ecology, or whatever you think is central to
have vision for?
I am not comfortable prescribing my own vision of the world, I am not Haldane. There are however traditions and knowledge which encapsulate many consistencies in human value systems and I would encourage the implementation of these instead of values according to 'commodies' and 'market forces' , ideas we are unfortunately increasingly defined by. I would suggest inclusive and egalitarian structures in the Parecon mould, advised by Prout and other ecologically sensitive streams of thought. These systems incorporate strategies and vision for all the above.
2. Next, someone at the same event asks, "Why do you do what you do? That
is, you are speaking to us, and I know you write, and maybe you
organize, but why do you do it? What do you think it accomplishes?
What is your goal for your coming year, or for your next ten years?
The world is such that all of us need to be able to live in a way which is more respectful to ourselves and the planet. Urbanization, food security and isolation are not issues which are unrelated to every individual on the planet. If I am involved, it is because I cannot really think of anything better to spend my time on. Everything is tainted by the inequalities and 'deadness' of current society, and whilst my contribution is marginal, collectively we can achieve much. I do not expect to see a world organized in a positive way before I die, however until that point, I would like to dedicate as much time as possible to reminding people of what is possible and that we have a beautiful world and species to fight for.Hopefully one day the legacy of what is done now will inspire and support work others will do,and that is enough.
3. You are at home and you get an email that says a new organization is
trying to form, internationally, federating national chapters, etc. It
asks you to join the effort. Can you imagine plausible conditions
under which you would say, yes, I will give my energies to making it
happen along with the rest of you who are already involved? If so,
what are those conditions? Or - do you think instead that regardless
of the content of the agenda and make up of the participants, the idea
can't be worthy, now,or perhaps ever. If so, why?
Resoc fills my prerequisites.
4. Do you think efforts to organize movements, projects, and our own
organizations should embody the seeds of the future in the present? If
not, why? If yes, can you say what, very roughly, you think some of
the implications would be for an organization you would favor?
Yes , I agree. By imagining how things can be, we allow for movements to not only be relevant to more than one forcibly isolated issue, but move beyond limits and facilitate real change. It also allows for reflexivity in both theory and response, something which is necessary in a world which is increasingly unequal. Virilio reminds us that ‘The world of green ecology is unhealthy, and the world of grey ecology is becoming uninhabitable’.For us to respond to these challenges demands resourcefulness, humility, ingenuity and autonomy of as many human beings as possible. A 'seeds' approach is the most efficient way to ensure this.
5. Why did you answer this interview? Why do you think others did not
I was asked too, and thought it was probably important. Perhaps time constrains or not being sure what its purpose was exactly .