Articles

The YPJ: Why We Exist

31.10.2017
The YPJ (Women’s Defence Units), the all-female Kurdish resistance force involved in the liberation of Raqqa from ISIS, boasts Democratic Confederalism as its guiding doctrine. The YPJ sent a message to a recent meeting on Democratic Confederalism in the Middle East held in London

O Robot Where Art Thou?

18.07.2017
Thinkers going back to Karl Marx have stressed capitalism’s revolutionary transformation of the forces of production. Some now think incessant automation will be the system’s undoing. But can technology lose its menace? Can technology liberate, not enslave, humanity?
Fire at Full Moon, 1933

The Value of Self-limitation

02.07.2017
Real democracy does not mean that “it is forbidden to forbid”, but that the norms and the laws which regulate our lives are made by the members of the community not by some extra-societal entity. In this article Yannis Ktenas highlights the importance of self-limitation in a direct democracy.
People's Global Climate Action

Climate Diplomacy and Climate Action: What Now?

03.05.2017
Just over a year ago, diplomats from around the world were celebrating the final ratification of the December 2016 Paris Agreement, proclaimed to be the first globally inclusive step toward a meaningful climate solution. But far more questions than answers surround this agreement.

Democratizing Education

23.04.2017
Achieving comprehensive social change requires radical alteration of everything, including education. But most attempts to reform the educational system are limited. Education needs to be democratized through the introduction of alternative egalitarian and participatory institutional forms.
Women working at the Amarge textile Cooperative, Kobane

A Glimpse into Rojava’s Economic Model

05.04.2017
In Rojava, women's cooperatives continue to spread, challenging the structures of capitalism and patriarchy. The cooperatives are efforts to radically democratize all sectors of society and to promote an alternative social and economic model.

Eight lessons from Barcelona en Comú

20.03.2017
On 24 May 2015, the citizen platform Barcelona en Comú was elected as the minority government of the city of Barcelona. Here are some of the lessons that can help inspire and inform a radical new municipal politics that moves us beyond borders and nations, and towards a post-capitalist world.

Grassroots Democracy: The Communalist Model

15.03.2017
Humanity stands at a crossroads. Only grassroots democracy at a global scale can successfully oppose the dystopian future ahead. If we look carefully, all the tools are at hand, writes Eleanor Finley.

Popular Assemblies Are Sweeping Across America

08.03.2017
Large popular assemblies are forming and gaining steam across the United States. From Raleigh to Los Angeles, communities on the frontlines are building an independent social movement infrastructure for a coordinated fightback against Trumpism.

The Rojava Embassy: Freedom and Form

23.12.2016
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

07.12.2016
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.
Donald Trump

America's Fascist Moment

21.11.2016
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
Turkey

200 Kurdish NGOs closed down by decree

12.11.2016
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

04.11.2016
“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?

15.10.2016
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?

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