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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  18 reviews
new edition, w/author's "apology" ten years after
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published June 9th 1984 by Autonomedia (first published 1984)
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Please skip all the introductions to the book if you're going to read this, they severely diminished my respect for the author, as each successive analysis of the merits of the book with the passing of time become increasingly revisionist toward what was anything but alternative and cooperative capitalism. The author describes the state as becoming a tool for easy transition. This is idiotic coming from someone who should know better.

The book otherwise is strikingly similar to 'The Coming Insurr
Oct 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Utopians, revolutionaries
This is an admirable attempt to do something that can't be done--that is, describe a future anarchist society in detail. The ambitious level of specificity is the book's weakness but also what makes it significant. In its thoroughness and complexity, it sets the bar extremely high for any future attempts at such an outline. And as a sort of landmark, I think it might serve well as a standard template for utopian/revolutionary thinkers to modify, critique, or completely refute.

Unfortunately, whil
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, social
Impressive! The book deserves all the five stars I gave. It's a small text that I had heard of many times before actually reading (it turned out it is not an easy book to find in English). I was lucky to get it from a close friend, whose friend gave it to him long time ago, while this friend of my friend had received it from a relative, who found it one god knows where. This probably exaggerated my excitement about reading it a little more than it'd do otherwise. However, I certainly do not thin ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leftist-politics
I found this short book utterly fascinating...

First, its critique of the "Planetary Work Machine" was tremendous, discussing how we essentially sell our life-time in order to receive survival in exchange. The author pushes us to ask, "How would I really like to live?" (p. 50).

Second, it is significant for critiquing not just how capitalism but also communism simply become variations on the Planetary Work Machine. Even many socialist utopias are problematic for their compulsory ideas on governanc
Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay
The first third of this anarchist manifesto is a science fictional reading of the "Planetary Work Machine", or our economic systems, resource and labour distribution on the planet. It attacks capitalism and socialism alike, before presenting the bolo'bolo structure. This is followed by a long attempt to describe in detail the concepts of this quasi-anarchist society that is offered as an alternative and which will come into being through a series of actions that will dismantle the existing setup ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it liked it
I expected an SF-like novel and I started reading relatively dry theory. However, this theory proves to be rather innovating for its age(?) and is still relevant. My main quarrel with it is that, if you're going to theorize, you should substantiate your argument by referencing or own research. Now only those familiar with certain arguments will catch on.

The fun, dreamy, practical bit starts at p.64. This is what will inspire you and is what makes Bolo Bolo stand out. There really isn't enough ut
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
If my friend had written this or a stranger on the bus told me their thoughts and they were this book, that would make sense. It even kind of makes sense that it was turned into a pamphlet/book years ago. But that it's been republished since then is kind of ridiculous to me.

What do I mean by that? While the first third of the is a pretty decent critique of society, the last part is mainly pm's wingnut musings. Not necessarily a bad thing - and definitely thought provoking - but hardly worthy of
Reading this a second time makes me want give it even less stars. Such a disgustingly progressive view on the world that doesn't deal with resource extraction, the repugnance people have towards industrial labor, and the interruption of ecological habitats by ignorant humans. Oh yeah, and an outline of bloody spokes councils. Those who want to say "No" to every institution/apparatus are unfortunately not allowed to do so, since there will inevitably be intervention by neighboring regions. This, ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent anarchist utopia, one that tells a tale a la LeGuin but also skims over the surface of the utopian tradition, pointing their shortcomings. Delightful food for thought.
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Carwil by: Turbulence magazine
Shelves: utopia
P.M., a pseudonym based on the most common initials in Switzerland, sets out a utopian social organization in bolo'bolo. P.M.'s utopia is built around values of non-coercion, community building, craftsmanship, generosity, and diversity. Rather than illustrate its principles with familiar words (which would carry their own history), P.M. has invented a vocabulary of short words for the utopia's basic concepts, designed to be pronounceable in the maximum number of languages. And the writing assume ...more
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I have read the edition with the "apology" and really wish I knew what it said. I loved this book because it makes such a great attempt at imagining something else that works in detail rather than just finding all the problems with what we have. Usually, we only get a glimpse of such things in science fiction books.

Unlike a lot of anarchist models, it accommodates issues of choice and special needs within its model.
Sean A.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
we can dream damn can we dream. whereforto reality?
John Ohno
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bolo'Bolo is a blueprint for a future society along vaguely anarcho-syndicalist lines. I find it more sensible than most such proposals, because it makes an effort to be flexible & account for the various human flaws (and because it presents concrete methods for slowly transitioning to the society it describes, not depending upon revolution but instead by subverting and rerouting existing structures in such a way as to be sustainable).

It is a little less accessible than it could be because of th
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, quirky anarchist manifesto. Its diagnosis of why the world isn't making us happy is as compelling as any I've ever seen. The author emphasizes conflict within classes, and how different socioeconomic tiers stay jealous of each other - the rich want the poor's free time as much as the poor want the rich's goods. The world is divided against itself, not by a scheming bourgeoisie but by chasing relative advantage.

The solution bolo' bolo proposes is much more flexible than most utopias.
Bülent Ö.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Alternatif bir dünya tasarısının sunulduğu zihin açıcı ve müthiş küçük kitap. Merkezi otoriteden, paranın iktidarından kurtulmak adına etkileyici önerilerde bulunuyor. Tabi sunulan dünya tasarısı, var olan tüm sistemlerin yıkımından sonra hayata geçebilir. İşin uzmanları bu tasarının bir çok açık yanını bulabilir ama insanların ve toplumların birbirlerinden yalıtılmışlıklarının, merkezi otoritenin oluşması ve güçlenmesi adına en büyük tehlike olduğunu öne sürmesi, tasarıyı çok değerli ve ha
Jan 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: open minded people lite on theory
Recommended to Db by: erik
A wonderfully imagined post-capitalist world, with practical considerations in a tiny little book...I found the introduction not too helpful and the initial analysis on point if a little slow...I'd jump right to the creative part, its super cool, a friend of mine even thinks we should good tatoos from the symbols it devises...
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