In its conception, The Cabbage School has looked to the various disparate but resonating traditions of alternative education, experimental communities, radical politics and philosophy, with the careful hope of walking the narrow line of a dynamic and open institution in an age when institutions have lost our confidence and are collapsing all around us.
“It is certainly true that if the problem of the group’s functioning is not posed to begin with, it will be too late afterwards.”
Gilles Deleuze, Three Group-Related Problems
How does a group…
How do we pose the problem of an institution that avoids the trap of repeating “a structure of subjugation, complete with leadership, a mechanism of transmission, and a core membership, aimlessly reproducing the errors and perversions they are trying to oppose”?
Art As Experimentation
"There is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of generations into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the 'practice of freedom', the means by which men and women deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."
Richard Schaull, drawing on Paolo Fiere
"democratic living" - a philosophy to enable every human being to have agency over their lives in order to create, together, a better community
Helen and Scott Nearing
"Each moment, hour, day, week, and year should be treated as an occaision- another opportunity to live as well as possible...with body in health, emotions in balance, mind in tune and vision focused on a better life and a better world; life, individually and collectively, is already better"
Radical Homesteading, and the search for utopia
"THE RESPECTABLE ANARCHISTS"
Anarchist Pedagogies book
The figure of the “public intellectual”, while it has always been less recognized in the US than their celebrity counterparts, has become increasingly marginalized in recent years. Despite their many flaws, these figures have often been the final hold-out of any kind of anti-authoritarian position in public society. For this reason, it is valuable to look at what might be termed the “respectable anarchists", once common from the 1960s-90s, including the numerous outspoken professionals of many fields ranging from architecture to psychiatry, professing a libertarian to anti-capitalist viewpoint. Most notable among them--
The American Pragmatists and Freethinkers and the Classical Anarchists
Anti-Bureaucracy, The Commune and Communitarianism