Final

The meta-questions to be answered at the end of the class are:

1. What was the purpose of the group for you? Did you accomplish it?

2. Do you envision an end to capitalism, and if so how? Will people in the developed world voluntarily give up their advantages? Can permanent change come from below or will the US crush it once it became a nuisance. What do you think?

3. If you do envision an end to capitalism, what would that mean for us? If you don’t, is there a way in which that’s self-serving?

4. Did our group practice non-capitalist forms of relationship? Was our structure horizontal in regard to gender and roles of authority?

5. How do you define capitalism? Socialism? Democracy? Sovereignty?

6. What do you think is “the weak link in the chain of colonialism” in the US? How could this weak link be loosened?

7. Can or should we, like the Zapatistas, lead by obeying? Does the role of “coordinator” in the recuperated factories require an equally responsible role of worker? Is the teacher made a teacher by the student? Is the follower more essential than the leader?

8. Do the Zapatistas or other armed resistance groups create conflict or make the conflict explicit? Is there conflict that’s inherent in an unjust distribution of power? Do they bring it to the surface by challenging it? Within group dynamics, does the explicit discussion of power and authority create conflict or bring it to the surface? Which is perceived as “disturbing the peace” – in societies or groups?

9. Is individual sovereignty or anarchy, in which each person does what they want, a step in the direction of community sovereignty or capitalism?

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