Everyday Movement Against Capitalism : Prospects for a Prefigurative Strategy toward Open Utopia Public Deposited

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  • Across the U.S. social activism is on the upsurge, offering possibilities for a revolution against capitalism. However, these possibilities are potentially undermined by entrenched factionalism amongst the left. At root, such in-fighting is fostered by the creation of false dualistic frameworks on the transition out of capitalism and into the next social system. These frameworks are categorized into two typologies labelled the “strategic” and “prefigurative” camps. Blasting open these dualisms can bridge the left and allow for fresher views on revolution and the role of the state, leadership and vanguardism, the significance of democracy, and the value of utopian dreaming. Replacing these frameworks is a methodology called the radical imagination, which poses that within everyday life exist creative opportunities for rebellion. The radical imagination enables the process of seizing spaces for revolutionary (re)production. By viewing daily life as the struggle against alienation, possibilities abound in capturing previously mundane spaces and injecting them with revolutionary activity.
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