Los Geht's 2017

Kommune treffen, finden, gründen

Background

Create communes and/or live in a commune? Why? How could this be done?

We all grow up in a society that is characterized by power relationships
and hierarchies. How hard we are confronted by these in our lives, how
restricted we are or how we profit from them depends on our position within
these hierarchies.

Do I have a degree which is officially recognized in Germany and gives me
access to the employment market? Do I have or did I have the chance to
study? Do I come from a family which can support me financially and can
support me in hard times? Can I look for a job or an apartment without the
fear that I could be neglected because of discriminating ascriptions? Can I
move freely in the city or country I live without being scared of the
hostility of the majority of the people? Do I often experience that
although I am an expert in this or that field, I am not been heard or taken
seriously?

The different social starting points where we all meet, stay sometimes
unquestioned. Often we just reproduce the society-constructed unfairness
because of ignorance, because we miss alternative forms of action, or
because we just accept these social points.

As people living in a leftist commune, we don’t want to accept this
situation. We want a good life for everyone! And we can only approach this,
if we understand that power and hierarchical relationships are connected
and cannot be separated from each other.

The above power relations and hierarchies can be experienced within the
capitalistic working life in which we live in, that is characterized by
performance anxiety, normalized competition and self-exploitation or sexist
norms, according to which women are supposed to take over care-work; they
can also be experienced within the racist circumstances, which restrict our
access to the society, i.e. in work or residential market or through
discrimination in everyday life.

Even if we can live in this context well as individuals, we contradict the
social requirements of a living that is good, fair and in solidarity with
each other.

That’s exactly why we understand communes as a political project:

Knowing that we cannot exclude ourselves from the social context, we decide
for the concept of the commune with communal economy, collective work and
following the concept of living together in solidarity, so that we test
different practices and make alternative living possible.

We want to oppose to the capitalistic structures like economic pressure,
alienated wage labour, varying accesses to the employment market, different
wages for the same occupation, concrete land tenures, the norm of
nuclear-family structures and evaluation hierarchies. For many of us the
commune forms the financial and social support for a future social
commitment.

Most of us haven’t learned to plan our lives in a community, self-
determined and on an equal level in the capitalistic and discriminatory
social structures. For that reason this is a challenging endeavor and it is
essential to question familiar patterns, to rethink, to attempt new forms
of engagement, to negotiate things and to create collective
procedures.

Los Geht’s should be a space where one can deal with these questions. It is
addressed to people who wish exactly this: to live “differently” from the
social designated way, to search for new ways together with other people
and to get involved with social experiments.

How do I want to live? How do I found a commune? Which communes already
exist and how are they structured? Which decisions should a group take in
the beginning in terms of their principals and their economical and social
orientation? Which structures and principals could help to establish
self-determination and freedom from hierarchies? How could group processes
be organized? Which personal challenges do I possibly come across when I
start being part of a commune?

Los Geht’s is on the one hand for people who want to found and build a
political commune, on the other hand for people who want to become a part
of an already existing group. New groups which need advice, ideas or
exchange with other groups are also very welcome. There are not going to be
ready-made instructions in Los Geht’s, but instead a wealth of experience
and ideas from people already living in different communes in
German-speaking countries.