Category: anarchism

Consensus is a decision making process designed to bring together the views of all of the members of the group.Consensus does not require everyone to agree on everything, but it does require a common goal and a willingness to work together !

According to wikipedia majority rules works better for larger groups and consensus works better for smaller groups.  Maybe wikipedia is saying this because majority rules might leave some people slighted or out of out of the loop. Consensus isdesigned to involve everyone in the group playing a role in the decision making.

coolest consensus fact: the popularity of consensus decision-making in U.S. culture dates from the women’s liberation movement!!!!!

Also, Quakers are the oldest practitioners of western consensus.

A group of female AIDS activists hold a banner reading “WHAM! Women’s Health Care is Political” at a United For AIDS Action demonstration in Times Square in New York City, circa 1992. 50,000 people turned out for the event.




Hey everyone!  This is Jenny, posting from my new collective house in West Philly.  I wanted to share with you a crappy NYTimes article that was written about collective living and features my house.  Several of my housemates participated in a long and thoughtful interview with a reporter to explain why we wanted to live in a space that was actively anti-oppression, the most important reason being our physical safety (we are two POC, two trans people, lots o’ queers and ladies, etc).  Unfortunately the reporter took a very condescending attitude towards our politics in the article.  You can read the original here, a response about anti-abelism here, and my housemate Emili’s experience at the end of this Philebrity post.  In response to the article, Emili is planning a book about collective living and why/how we resist oppression in our environment.   When the call for submissions goes out, I’ll make sure to send a copy to Batten– I know you all would have a lot of awesome things to say.

Hope everyone is well! I miss Batten like crazy.  All  my best ❤

Here’s some pictures from the Batten Library!  About half of the house-owned material has been cataloged on-line ( with even more on the way!



“Anarchists in the Aisles? Stores Provide a Stage” by Ian Urbina

“This is the season of frenetic shopping, but for a devious few people it’s also the season of spirited shopdropping. Otherwise known as reverse shoplifting, shopdropping involves surreptitiously putting things in stores, rather than illegally taking them out, and the motivations vary. Anti-consumerist artists slip replica products packaged with political messages onto shelves while religious proselytizers insert pamphlets between the pages of gay-and-lesbian readings at book stores.”

NY Times by Kike Arnal

Learn more here:

Culture Jamming video


Update: 01/15/08, Shopdropping video.