bolo'bolo (30th Anniversary Edition)

bolo'bolo (30th Anniversary Edition)

The pseudonym P.M. (taken from the most common initials in the Swiss telephone directory, mostly spelled in lowercase, p.m.) is used by an otherwise anonymous Swiss author (born 1946), best known for his 1983 anarchist / anti-capitalist social utopian book bolo'bolo, published with the paranoia city verlag of Zürich. The title of this book refers to the bolo, or an autonomous community corresponding to the anthropological unit of a tribe (a few hundred individuals). This would be the basic social unit in an envisioned utopian-ecological future; its name is an example of a word from the constructed language (or rather, a basic vocabulary of about thirty words) called asa'pili.

p.m. himself speaks of his motivation for creating a new language, “The original idea for creating this weird secret language came up because the European left-wing terminology was no longer viable. Nowadays when people talk about communism, that’s gulag, no one wants to hear about it. Or if people talk about socialism, then they are speaking of Schröder’s politics - retirement cuts - and no one wants that, either. And all of the other standard left-wing expressions such as ’solidarity,’ ‘community,’ they’re all contaminated and no longer useful. But the things that they stand for are actually quite good. I don’t want to suffer because of terminology for which I am not to blame; instead, I’d rather create my own. It would probably take longer to explain that the communism that I am talking about is not the one that I saw. It is easier to simply say I am for bolo’bolo, and then everyone starts to think of the things all over again, to re-think them. […] I want to emphasize that there is not one single idea in this book that is new. Everything in it is something that I found.”

bolo`bolo is a book about an anarchist utopia, the name of the utopia itself and the plural of that utopia's organizational unit - the bolo. ... bolo`bolo is also a plan for a transformation from our current state, the planetary work-machine, to another social organization mode based on local organization and a microclimate of cultures that form the unit of social cohesion.

Contents:
Introduction to the Third English Edition: bolo'bolo 30 Years Later
Introduction to the Second English Edition: "Apology," A Decade Later
A Big Hang-over
The Planetary Work Machine
The End of Realpolitik
All or Nothing at All
Provisional Schedule
IBU
BOLO
SILA
TAKU
KANA
NIMA
KODU
YALU
SIBI
PALI
SUVU
GANO
BETE
NUGO
PILI
KENE
TEGA
DALA
DUDI
VUDO
SUMI
ASA
BUNI
MAFA
FENO
SADI
FASI
YAKA

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