“But how can we change the world without taking power?”
The above is a pertinent question that we should be asking ourselves in 2013 and beyond. Precisely because we should be thinking of change beyond the confines of state power, whose failure at facilitating a space where individuals can live creative and dignified lives can be deduced from the growing and harrowing levels of global inequality.
Holloway insists that the “state is not the locus of power that it appears to be…it is just one element in the shattering of social relations”. The limitations of state power must therefore help us understand that “power cannot be taken, for the simple reason that power is not possessed by any particular person or institution [because]…power lies rather in the fragmentation of social relations”.
In the first quarter of this year we, at BLF, hope to engage with this question and many other related questions. Questions like beyond the state itself, is it possible to imagine a world that is not centered on any other kind of power? In the spaces we occupy, the academy, industry and elsewhere are we afforded a space in which we can think of a world that is based on dignity, “a world of humanity, but without taking power”? What are the limitations that we face in our thinking? Is anti-power a possibility?
Best regards and we look forward to working and collaborating with all of you in the coming months. If you are interested in joining the BLF team or contributing as a guest author, please contact us at email@example.com.
BLF editorial team