Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

Anarchist(ic) Co-Housing, Anyone?


In a big land-trusted building in a big to midsize North American city with mix of individual, social, and political/education spaces and people?! On a piece of land-trusted urban land, with tiny/small houses gathered around common buildings, also as politico-educational hub for caring community? Something affordable, doable, and friendly that intentionally relates to neighborhood and place as well as the world? Something that collectively holds space for multigenerations of radicals, misfits, and troublemakers, and indeed encourages a lifelong dedication to social transformation of many varieties?

My landlords are intent on “transitioning” us out of our current collective home-life-politics space — a prettified term for “eviction” — and I’m tired. Tired of losing chosen family, friends, and acquaintances, and all the social fabric of life around me. Tired of losing space and projects, and now, it seems, whole cities. Tired of watching the humanity be kicked out of people, including and, too often, within antiauthoritarian circles.

Tired of losing.

Little victories with (other) big hearts would be home sweet home.

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(Photo by Cindy Milstein, mural and graffiti, Clarion Alley, San Francisco, September 2014.)


2 comments on “Anarchist(ic) Co-Housing, Anyone?

  1. Duff
    October 24, 2014

    Thanks for mention of pressure on your living community. Just a bit ago I was wondering if, sooner or later, many of us will *of necessity* have to build new collective housing arrangements, for ourselves and others, in order to live, on a much larger scale. That rent strikes, property expropriations, re-claimings, may appear in order to face a sinking economy and more repressive govt. Your being tired can hard, a sort of defeat. Being tired can also carry power, as important as theory or strategy, if anger is still alive.

  2. cbmilstein
    October 27, 2014

    Thanks for the reminder, Duff, about the power in “being tired” and anger. And yes, I agree, of necessity, many people are living in new arrangements, though it still seems striking as well as perplexing to me that private property relations are still somehow sacred. Hopefully more re-claimings and expropriations will also happen — of necessity and out of desire for a different social arrangement.

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