Afterword (Closing Down and Opening Up)
“Freedom to Choose” and the Decolonial Option
Notes toward Communal Futures
the ideas, Many of which will unfold through years of engaged
political work, need not be perfect, for in the end, it will be the
hard, creative work of the communities that take them on. That
work is the concrete manifestation of political imagination. Fanon
described this goal as setting afoot a new humanity. He knew how
terrifying such an effort is; for we do live in times for which such
a radical break appears as no less than the end of the world. In the
meantime, the task of building infrastructures for something new
must be planned, and where there is some room, attempted. As
we all no doubt already know, given the sociogenic dimension of
the problem, we have no other option than to build the options on
which the future of our species rest.1
Take, for instance, the Plan of the Millennium. The UN appoints
committees to work with other committees that are appointed by
the ten or so industrialized countries; they involve prestigious uni-
versities and include distinguished scholars; they all produce re-
ports that are used to raise funds to fight poverty; ironically, they
solicit this money from the same people whose wealth is founded
on the system that produces poverty, and whose policies keep it in
place. The same vicious circle informs the fight against pollution
and global warming—commissions spend money on committees;
they host summits and hold conferences in luxurious places; then
they write reports that they use, likewise, to solicit support (in this
case for environmental protection) from those who make money
polluting the environment.2
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