The ‘Robin Hood Mayor’ and the search for a socialist utopia in Spain

The idea of creating ideal communities goes back to before the English civil wars. But current attempts at utopia-building, on both sides of the channel and the Atlantic, take much of their inspiration from the social experiments of the 1960s, which sought to challenge traditional Marxism’s distrust of any attempt to prefigure a post-capitalist future… Many fell prey to the contradiction between the ideals of social autonomy and those of equality and solidarity. In The Village Against the World, journalist Dan Hancox tells the story of Marinaleda, a village living out both of these ideals in a remote corner of Andalusian Spain.

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