The Hologram

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The Hologram

Feminist, Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future

Cassie Thornton

July 2020

IN AN ERA when capitalism leaves so many to suffer and to die, with neoliberal self-care offering little more than a bandaid, how can we take health and care back into our hands? In The Hologram, Cassie Thornton puts forward a bold vision for revolutionary care: a viral, peer-to-peer feminist health network.

The premise is simple: three people – a triangle – meet on a regular basis, digitally or in person, to focus on the physical, mental and social health of a fourth – the hologram. The hologram, in turn, teaches their caregivers how to give and also receive care; each member of their triangle becomes a hologram for another, different triangle, and so the system expands.

Drawing on radical models developed in the Greek solidarity clinics during a decade of crisis, and directly engaging with discussions around mutual aid and the coronavirus pandemic, The Hologram develops the skills and relationships we desperately need for the anti-capitalist struggles of the present, and the post-capitalist society of the future. One part art, one part activism, one part science fiction, this book offers the reader a guide to establishing a Hologram network as well as reflections on this cooperative work in progress.

Table of Contents

Editors' preface (Max Haiven)

Introduction

Contextualizing The Hologram (Magdalena Jadwiga Härtelova)

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Feminist Economics and the People’s Apocalypse

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Art, Debt, Health, and Care (interview with Marc Garrett)

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A Different Medicine is Possible: A visit to Greece’s Solidarity Clinics

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Trust, Wishes, Time and Patterns: A Four-Part Course

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How to Form and Sustain a Hologram

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Reflections from Hologram participants

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The Future of the Hologram, a post-Wikipedia Entry

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