On not being ruled by 'the best'

Elections have long been seen as synonymous with democracy but their repetitious use merely reinforces oligarchy while giving the appearance of popular power. There is growing interest in random selection as a way of challenging elite control and making government reflective of society
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An Interview with Dimitri Roussopoulos

Dimitrios I. Roussopoulos, the author of New Compass's latest publication—Political Ecology: Beyond Environmentalism—recently gave a talk in London. We had a conversation with him about the ideas in the book, the audience it appeals to, and the relevance and successes of social ecology.

National Sovereignty Does not Exist Anymore

A new book by Dimitri Roussopoulos, “Political Ecology,” is now available on New Compass Press. In the epilogue to the book, Roussopoulos argues that the Greek crisis shows that the only effective defense against the brutal power of capitalism is if civil society tries to reorganize society.
Cizre freedom march

The Siege of Cizre

As the conflict in Turkey spirals out of control the aggressions against the Kurdish population gets increasingly violent. The latest in a row of belligerent attacks is the siege of Cizre, leaving parts of the town demolished and over twenty civilians dead.

- We Have a Lot to Learn

We have a lot to learn from the PKK’s self-analysis of what they got wrong, states David Graeber. He has written the preface the latest book by Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned PKK leader. Here Graeber talks about the importance of the five volumes to be published by New Compass Press.

Beyond Ideology

Ideology castrates ideas, turning them into sterile, mummified dogmas that cannot exist beyond their initial form. If we are going to challenge the existing order, we need to move beyond ideology. This does not mean abdicating from our ideas and principles, but their constant re-evaluation and development.

Imagining a World Beyond Corporate Control

The commons is a source of hope for those willing to imagine a world beyond capitalism. It represents a space between the private market and the political state in which humanity can control and democratically root our common wealth.
Yazidi resistance, photo by Dilar Dirik

After the Genocide: Yazidi Women Fight Back

Having suffered a traumatic genocide, Yazidi women on Mount Sinjar mobilize their autonomous armed and political resistance with the PKK’s philosophy. The atmosphere of Rojava now animates Shengal, where new councils, protests, meetings, and resistance constitutes a bold social revolution.
Marco Rossi candidate for mayor Olympia for All

My Hope is to Win

“The legacy of electoral absenteeism within the left, particularly within anarchism, is a complete dead end,” says New Compass contributor Marco Rossaire Rossi. In this interview he tells why he run as candidate for mayor in Olympia, Washington (USA), and what his group hopes to achieve.

Olympia for All

New Compass contributor Marco Rossaire Rossi is one of three candidates running for local council in Olympia, Washington (USA) on a platform for a more just, inclusive, ecological and participatory city. Read their full platform here.

Football As A Commons

Football has been turned from a commons shared by everybody who loves and practices it, to big business put in service of profit. In this article, Yavor Tarinski describes alternative practices in which the sport has been run by players and fans through direct democratic self-management.

The Return of Capitalism's Contradictions

20th century social ecology rested on a belief that capitalism had tamed its dangerous contradictions. But the 2008 crash and subsequent turbulence shows their resurgence. To move forward, we need to adapt to a changed social and economic landscape.

Sitting with the Public

- We refused to swear allegiance to King and Constitution, swearing it to the people of Lousame instead, says Iolanda Mato Creo, councilor of the Partido da Terra in Lousame (Spain). The libertarian municipalist party doesn't sit with the other representatives, but on the benches of the public instead.
protest stand in Istanbul

Resistance Against Istanbul's Megaprojects

In 2013, popular resistance succeeded in stopping the demolition of Gezi Park, one of the last public green spaces in the Turkish capital of Istanbul. Yet urban transformation and development projects have continued throughout the city at a dizzying pace.

The strange comfort of symptoms

In mental health, as in other areas of life, we are trapped by pseudo-explanations that try to alleviate symptoms rather than deal with the true origins of the problems that surround us. We should not shy away from a subversive and overly political approach to symptoms of mental distress.