The Rojava Embassy: Freedom and Form

In November 2016 the New World Embassy for Rojava was hold in Oslo, Norway. As opposed to conventional state diplomacy, this embassy was guided by principles such as decentralization, stateless and grassroots democracy, municipalism, democratic confederalism, feminism, and ecology.

Commoning and Factory Recuperation

The recuperation of factories does not in itself necessarily indicate steps towards liberation and deepening democratization. To avoid their incorporation into the statist economy or the capitalist market, the recuperated factories should be managed democratically by the communities in which they operate.
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America's Fascist Moment

Though the media did not take him seriously, Donald Trump is a bona fide Fascist. He capitalised on a Fascist moment in America, and widespread confusion about social and political identity. Trump’s defeat can only come through a fortified Left that is both radical and pragmatic

200 Kurdish NGOs closed down by decree

The Turkish ministry of interior have now declared that 370 NGOs and associations in Turkey will be closed down by decree; 199 of these are Kurdish associations. There is no legal way to response against this unlawful, arbitrary, antidemocratic attacks of the Turkish AKP government.

Revolution in Rojava

“Visiting Rojava was like a dream come true. It was what we had been fighting for all those years — a free society that administers itself.” Janet Biehl interviews the three authors of a new book — “Revolution in Rojava” — about their experiences and observations witnessing the birth of a new society.

Must we be slaves to GDP?

Since the Second World War, a country’s Gross Domestic Product has been seen as the ultimate arbiter of economic health. But GDP actively thrives on human misery and hastens environmental devastation. How can we depose GDP from its statistical throne?

The Fallacy of Economic Growth

Economic growth, either Right or Left-wing, cannot solve the present social problems. Instead it strengthens capitalism and statist hierarchies, which only deepen the roots of the present crisis. A completely different paradigm is needed that will deal with the real causes of our problems.

The UK's EU Referendum: Never Again

Britain’s EU membership referendum was an argument among the elite that inflamed deep class divisions in the country while resolving nothing. What are the alternatives to plebiscite democracy that enable the public to attain trustworthy information and taste genuine power?

Movement, Mobilization and Participation

If we are to achieve a democratic transition to an ecological society, we have to engage in protest, local politics, already existing participatory processes and in building economic alternatives. Korsár and Malmström describe a four step program to do this.

Beyond Economism: The Prospect of the Commons

The phrase “time is money” is held as a common truth. This signifies the hegemonic role the economy has in our collective and individual lives. But with economic and ecological crises deepening, we need to think beyond economism.
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21 Theses for a People's Ecology

The Social Ecology Cooperative in Paris has presented 21 theses for a people’s ecology. This is an to formulate an “ecology of liberation” for the 21st century, by advancing a movement of the popular classes, those dispossessed by capitalist modernity on a global scale.
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Bookchin on the New Left

In these video interviews presented publicly for the first time, Murray Bookchin lively discusses his encounters with, views about and history of the New Left. He also talks about his experiences in France around the May-June events of 1968.

The Sharing Economy: An Anti-Capitalist Model?

Over the last years, the sharing economy has arisen as a new economic paradigm. It is often presented as an anti-capitalist model, based on access rather than ownership. However, the main sharing websites are making huge profits off of their users’ sharing activities. What does this mean?

Democratic and Ecological Cities

Overcoming the conflicts between cities and their hinterlands has been a longstanding goal for communalist radicals. In this post Korsár and Malmström describe how new jobs and forms of governance can contribute to achieve these goals, and point to some very tangible ways of doing so.

Community Through Urban Design

To achieve social change in a more participatory and collaborative direction, modern cities need to be radically transformed. This can be done through altering urban design and establishing direct democratic institutions which will encourage citizenship and strengthen communitarian relationships.