Alley Valkyrie breaks down the current situation in Notre-Dame-des-Landes at the ZAD (French: zone à défendre; English: zone to defend) in rural western France. What originally began as the defense and occupation of a large patch of relatively undisturbed land from a state-sanctioned developmental project to build a massive international airport, has over time become become a place, by its occupants, to experiment with living communally, non-hierarchically, and outside the socio-economic logic of capitalism (to a degree) that pervades the dominate culture and society.
While the decision to build the airport has been recently rescinded by the French State under President Emmanuel Macron, the ZAD has, in recent weeks, been under daily assault by thousands of riot police, in an attempt of force the occupants off the land, and ultimately demolish what has been built there. Alley Valkyrie brings us all up to speed on the details of what is happening there objectively, as well in her subjective experience visiting and volunteering at the ZAD.
Alley Valkyrie is an activist, political theorist, and co-founder and contributor at godsandradicals.org
This is a segment of episode #116 of Last Born In The Wilderness “A Zone To Defend: The Historical/Cultural Context & Purpose Of The ZAD w/ Alley Valkyrie.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/2HVEQB8