The Village Against the World

by Dan Hancox


A journalists experience in Marinaleda, a small hamlet on the Andolusian plain that transformed itself from being a victim of the vicissitudes of the wealthy and the state, to being a self realized commune. Instead of working land for others, and starving, they seized land from the Spanish royalty and created a farm, that created employment, and built community. In a decade where Spain is suffering from a self inflicted crisis and unemployment rates of 30 to 50 %, Marinaleda sees only 5% of its citizens without labor. It’s the first book in a long time that has actually given me hope. It is as though they understood what the 99% protests were all about. Self determination, manual labour, community