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Consumed by ethics

Denied any power politically and harnessed to an economic system that demands ever greater flexibility and marketability, Britons are turning to the idea that they can change the world through their wallets. Mat Little investigates the western need for consuming, only with a good conscience.
Fair trade products.

Consumers or Citizens?

“Can we buy our way to a better world?”, Brian Tokar asks. It may be gratifying to assist people in a distant, impoverished community, but their future may be tragically limited if we do not fundamentally reshape our own way of life and our society.
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Rebuilding our cities

Rebuilding our cities implies something of a municipal revolution. Environmental activist Jonathan Korsár stresses that so many changes in everyday life and the ways cities are managed, demands a radically expanded participatory democracy in order to succeed.
Picture of houses in a city. By Anita Hillestad

Neighbourhood Government

The late 1960s saw an upsurge of popular democracy amid violent conflicts and anti-war protests. Milton Kotler brought to light a movement for local control across America, and believed that community self-rule could provide a democratic alternative to national representative government.
Lasse Wilhelmson speaks to Stockholm rally

New Alliances of Hate?

What are the prospects for anti-Semitic revival today in countries like Sweden and Norway? How is it possible for activists from the Left and the Right to unite with Islamists with a common cause? Will anti-Zionism bring about new political constellations so that anti-Semites can regain popular influence?
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Theses on Social Ecology and Deep Ecology

The debate between social ecology and deep ecology broke out in the summer of 1987, and created a lasting split in the ecology movement in the US and elsewhere. Why are the ideas of social ecology and deep ecology incommensurable? What are the basic areas of disagreement?
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The Communalist Project

In this essay Murray Bookchin sums up a lifetime of political thinking. In what could very well be called his political testament, Bookchin spells out the main elements of Communalism: its ecological philosophy, its revolutionary critique of capitalism and hierarchy and its libertarian politics.
Cartoons causing controversy

Heaven on Earth?

The traditional Left triumphed human self-consciousness and fought hard to remove clerical powers, archaic traditions, and irrationality from social affairs. This seem forgotten by the Left of today. To maintain a socially progressive stance, however, the Left must retain some basic values of the enlightenment.
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Solving the Energy Crisis

David Morris is a fierce critic of centralized energy models. Since 1974 his Institute for Local Self-Reliance has explored the prospects for a decentralized, renewable energy system. We have asked Morris to present his arguments for why the energy crisis will have to be solved at the local level.
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The Ecology of Freedom in the Democratic City

How can we face the urban future? How can we remake our cities? How can we recreate a balance between town and country? In this brief comment, Janet Biehl presents the vision of a participatory, urban future where people, as active citizens can manage themselves through face-to-face democracy.
Mao is the Sun

There is No Progressive Nationalism

Many on the Left advance nationalism and the nation-state as a bulwark against imperialism. This is a dangerous fallacy. Maoism, Leninism, and "anti-imperialism" is destructive for the Left today—like it was in the 1970s—as it bars the development of a truly internationalist and humanist Left.
Demonstration for "System Change not Climate Change"

9 Arguments for Democracy

Global warming has made many environmentalists believe that democracy is too slow and complicated to solve the climate crisis. Some argue that what we need is wartime mobilization and a strong global leadership with excessive powers. This belief is deeply flawed and dangerous.

What is Our Purpose?

As we have entered a new century we face great crises both in society and in the natural world. Today we are not only still witnessing poverty, hunger and devastating wars: enormous environmental dislocations even threaten the stability of the planetary climate and vital ecological processes.