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The collectives of Calanda 1936/1939 seem to me to be built on a form of direct democracy which turned into a miracle of revolution. Does anyone have any thoughts about this?
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In order to gain freedom the collective consciousness has to evolve in order  to understand and change our habitual behaviours of deference to authority.

Violence is not the answer unless anarchists are being attacked, so to change destructive perceptions to creative ones can only happen through education using models taken from Ferrer, Freire, Godwin, Ilich and many others that don't spring to mind. Cultures if they continue to educate from a position of unconscious programmed input will only further dig our graves. The proof is all around us, we have failed our futures. This is why the State and its tentacles of government must be put in a museum for all to see why we got it so wrong.

People have to see their enslavement as being the cause for allowing the systems in place to dominate us with lies, fraud, murder and contaminated concepts of democracy. Calanda is the model to use.
I would say, people first have to see their enslavement. To many, law and order is the answer not the problem. Our "unconscious programmed input" is well developed.

I am of the belief that total disruption of the present state will only lead to more law & order. Most people do not like change or chaos. The State with its power will have little trouble restoring order in their favor. The little I know of the attempts for change in Egypt seem to prove that point.

Small communities that prove the value & possibility of living an entirely new way of life must be developed. Calanda  might be the seed that grows many other similar communities. I understand their cooperatives are a real model that people can follow. As I am totally unfamiliar w them, I can have no open.

My biggest question is about how they affect the social structure outside the work place. Is there an effective carry over of life style so that the social and economic systems work together? Is the education system a part of the whole?

Looking forward to learning more.

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I agree with what you say.

Everything is a part of the whole so the education system is integral to everything else and as in the work of Calanda there must be the freedom to participate in whatever is of interest and which can help the evolution of the non-system. Whatever is produced for the increased benefit of the association has to be supported but just as in Calanda dissent has to be tolerated otherwise freedom of direct democracy will not exist.
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