The organizers of the bus tour think so and quote Abdullah Öcalan, who writes in the "Plea for Free Men": "Contrary to popular belief, strength does not come from armies [...] but from the ability of democracies to perceive and understand problems."
In his standard work, Sociology of Freedom, the mastermind of the Kurdish freedom movement elaborates on his conviction of the need for analysis and (self-)reflection when he states, "The basis of our resistance is education."
The German state has decided to make Öcalan forgotten. It criminalizes the display of his likeness and censors his writings. The Mobile Library is now an attempt to bring the message of the representative of the ideology of freedom to the public, despite all repression, and to encourage people to engage with the proposed concept beyond the state, power and violence. What better time could be chosen to deal with the history of democratic resistance of societies?
The success proves the persistence of the freedom movement right. Interest in Öcalan's philosophy is growing worldwide. More and more democracy movements are invoking the paradigm of the "democratic nation" because they have recognized the aberration of the etatist concept of nation-states.
Thus, the "Ocalan Library" invites us to engage with an explanation of the world that offers alternatives to the hegemony of imperial patterns of thought. More than ever, there is a need for intervention in the current discourse that calls for ever more militarization as a panacea against wars....
The Democratic Community Center in Nuremberg Medya Volkshaus welcomed the Mobile Öcalan Library with music and dance in downtown Nuremberg. A large selection of Öcalan's writings was available to the visitors on the book table.