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The Village Against the World [Hardcover]

Dan Hancox
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8 Oct 2013
The land belongs to those who work it--""La tierra es de quien la trabaja."" One hundred kilometers from Seville, there is a small village, Marinaleda, that for the last thirty years has been at the center of a long struggle to create a communist utopia. In a story reminiscent of the Asterix books, Dan Hancox explores the reality behind the community where no one has a mortgage, sport is played in a stadium emblazoned with a huge mural of Che Guevara, and there are monthly "Red Sundays" where everyone works together to clean up the neighbourhood. In particular he tells the story of the village mayor, Sanchez Gordillo, who in 2012 became a household name in Spain after leading raids on local supermarkets to feed the Andalucian unemployed.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (8 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781681309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781681305
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hancox captures the optimism necessary for alternative ways of doing politics, economics and living together. As the borderline between dream and reality shimmers in the heat of Andalucia, we begin to wonder if living as if change were indeed possible is the very key to making actual change happen. Do we really have any other choice?"—Suzanne Moore, The Guardian

"It sounds like science fiction: a small rural town led by a charismatic mayor tries to turn itself into a communist utopia. But it’s fact—it’s happening right now in Andalucia, and colliding with the region’s real-world history of violent rebellion and radicalism. Hancox’s book could not be more timely—with Spain on the brink of social crisis and the shadows of the past emerging."—Paul Mason, author of Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere

"Dan Hancox’s The Village Against the World is, for lack of a better word, awesome. ... Hancox’s book reads like something one might find on the New York Times best-seller list if it weren’t for its subject matter: the anti-authoritarian shenanigans of a Communist village and it’s Robin Hood mayor. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in radical movements like Occupy Wall Street or the Zapatistas."—Critical-theory.com

“full of lively and genuinely inspiring detail”—David Edgar, The Guardian

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The land belongs to those who work it- "La tierra es de quien la trabaja."

One hundred kilometers from Seville, there is a small village, Marinaleda, that for the last thirty years has been at the center of a long struggle to create a communist utopia. In a story reminiscent of the Asterix books, Dan Hancox explores the reality behind the community where no one has a mortgage, sport is played in a stadium emblazoned with a huge mural of Che Guevara, and there are monthly "Red Sundays" where everyone works together to clean up the neighbourhood. In particular he tells the story of the village mayor, Sanchez Gordillo, who in 2012 became a household name in Spain after leading raids on local supermarkets to feed the Andalucian unemployed.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing. 1 Nov 2013
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This is a thought making book, it makes you realize that there are nicer and more human way's for people to exist in our harsh money driven economy.

Read it and think, at least you will smile and dream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story, beautiful book 17 Dec 2013
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I bought this book virtually to everyone I needed a gift for and everybody loved it. The story is interesting, amusing and moving and the whole book is beautifully presented. Two thumbs up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bandiera rosa 21 Nov 2013
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Anyone who wants to know that capitalism is not the only
answer should read this book. It arrived on time and at a good price
but the story is inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They said it couldn't be done. 25 April 2014
By camac
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Here is an example of anarchism in action. It is not about every man, woman and child for themselves, but the total opposite. It is about a community, a very poor community of agricultural workers, making a life for themselves instead of having to depend on the owners of huge latifundias and the State. An inspiring tale in a world where so much of the wealth is held by so few. In Spain, there are still huge landed estates who only employ labour as it is needed. This may mean that, for six months of the year or more, there is no work, and when there is work, it will be for only a few days per week. In Andalucía, these estates are mainly planted out to olives which are one of the least labour intensive crops possible, and even that labour is carried out with machinery now. This results in a large redundant labour force in a country with the highest unemployment rate in Europe. So, The Village Against the World gives us all hope that there is another way. There is enough for everyone if we act together. A quiet and profound revolution.
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