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QuestionHow come we are so many people but still feel alone? Nadja Holtz Calderón
Anthony Arnove: I think the question of aloneness doesn’t need to be linked to the question of the fact that there are so many people in the world that you can only understand isolation today in terms of social circumstances that produce isolation, that produce feelings of alienation. We have a society that deliberately tries to atomize people, deliberately tries to isolate people, and deliberately tries to make people feel that they are alone. That does so as a means of social control; that does so as a means of limiting the kinds of collectivities, the kinds of organization that could bring about social change, that could bring about social transformation and the alienation is very much linked to the conditions of labor, to the conditions of the reproduction of labor in our society. So, really, if we want to feel part of a collectivity, part of a greater global community, the first step we can take is to challenge the ideologies that encourage that feeling of atomization, isolation. But, more importantly practically to find ways of connecting even small collectivities that can become a part of challenging that process of atomization, challenging those conditions of alienation, challenging the ideologies of our society that lead us to believe we are crazy for thinking that this world is unjust, for thinking that there must be a better way of organizing our societies, thinking that there must be a better way of being in this world.