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Not If, But Why?

Not If, But Why?

A Reader on Autonomous Space, its Shortcomings and its Glorious Potential

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This zine—subtitled “A Reader on Autonomous Space, its Shortcomings and its Glorious Potential”—compiles three essays that look critically at the tensions that surround squatted and occupied autonomous spaces. The essays come from Europe and while the context is considerably different than what is encountered in North America, the questions raised about the relationship between autonomous spaces and legality are worth considering. The zine was originally compiled when the HotMess/RCA Compound in Oakland was under threat of eviction, with the editor(s) sharing the zine as a way to “…sharpen our practical analysis, to fuel our conversations at the barricades, to galvanize our spirits with the liberatory potentials” around occupied space.