Recent years have witnessed a renaissance of radical planning in both theory and practice, but often with a persistent disconnect between the two. This article sets out from Harney and Moten’s concept of fugitive planning, adjusting it to speak to the still-colonial reality of the global South, before turning to overlooked experiments taking place in Venezuela’s communes. I argue that while grassroots planning in Venezuela mirrors all of the inherent and deepening contradictions of the Bolivarian Revolution, the self-managed socialism of the communes represents the only alternative to the perversions of oil development and the economic, social, and political crisis racking Venezuela today.
The Commune Is the Plan
George Ciccariello-Maher is a visiting scholar at New York University’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and author of three books: We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution (2013), Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela (2016), and, most recently, Decolonizing Dialectics (2017).
George Ciccariello-Maher; The Commune Is the Plan. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 January 2020; 119 (1): 113–132. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-8007689
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