The collective fixes up the free store and prepares to open it to the public. Read More
Activists conducted actions to clean and refurbish the space with a sense of humor, ironically modeling them on socialist work brigades, complete with socialist classics like “We Work in Harmony.”
The Free Store is premised on the idea of mutual aid, an idea explored in Peter Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution. Kropotkin concludes that mutual aid and cooperation are the most important factors in the evolution of species and the ability to survive. For more on mutual aid, check out Food Not Bombs, another example that prefigures an alternative to market tendencies.