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Arachne. No. 2

[Letter from Lorna Clendon]

In my essay on Anarchism in New Zealand I suggested that a doctrine of non-possession would be well suited to this country. I was not advocating that isolation should be our aim. It is true that among the many events which occur before, during, and after an act of non-possession, withdrawal in a certain sense is present. At the same time, non-possession may increase the sense of conflict and heighten the involvement before the actual release. In a sense withdrawal is only an aspect of conflict and vice versa. The mere idea of withdrawal implies its opposite, and conflict implies what was before it. It seems to me that each is necessary and that a dialectic operates between the two with some fruitfulness.

Lorna Clendon