Abandoned ship in the Aral Sea.

Biotechnology vs. Biodiversity

Driven by commercial considerations, the biotechnology industry has for decades threatened ecosystems and human health. Despite their inherent limitations, genetic engineering and other biotechnologies are powerful tools of manipulation that serve the irrational agenda of dominating nature.
 10.000 people, Trafalgar Sq, supporting the London Citiz campaign. Ph: C Jepson

Strangers into Citizens

We teach people that they can do politics, says Julie Camacho, lead organizer from the London Citizens movement. Although we are non-partisan we do politics every day, and by directly involving citizens we try to give power to our communities.
World Trade Center ablaze

The Hijacking of History

Written one month after the events, Peter Staudenmaier reflects on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and what sense the left could make of the trying situation. It represents a compelling commentary on the need for a continued commitment to the struggle for an emancipatory future.
Photo of Jakob Zethelius, by Sara Andersson

Why Social Ecology, Jakob?

Today, the majority of people do not see any alternatives to prevailing social order. "Our challenge is to present social ecology perspectives in a way that people can understand," says Jakob Zethelius; "If we can do this I think the prospects for a new popular movement are very good."
Palestine calling: Jews are not tolerated in Norway

Anti-Semitism, Israel, and the Left

The ongoing conflict in the Middle East provides fuel for a reinvigorated anti-Semitism, as we have witnessed in the Scandinavian countries recently. How should the libertarian Left respond? To properly meet these challenges, we suggest always keeping some basic principles in mind.
People gardening

Notes on an Ecology of Everyday Life

Chaia Heller probes the unexplored relationship of desire and nature. By placing the idea of nature within society itself, Heller writes, we may transform society into a ground in which we may build, collectively, a new practice of both nature and community.
Illustration by Naidus

Town Meeting Advocacy

Many communities in New England have a tradition of town meeting, dating back to the American Revolution. What have been the strengths and weaknesses of this strategy? And what can communalists worldwide learn from this form of local organizing?
People around a climate change banner

Social Ecology and The Greening of Our Cities

Brian Tokar argues for social ecology as an alternative to the false solutions of global warming such as nuclear power, markets, and biofuels. Through social ecology he highlights the importance of the local level in overcoming the social and political obstacles to a free and ecological society.
Illustration of an immigrant wanting to cross a border

The Case Against Immigration Controls

Activist Teresa Hayter claims: if immigration controls serve no other purpose than to make many thousands of innocent people suffer, build an escalating apparatus of repression, undermine human rights, divide and weaken social struggles, and feed racism, they should go.
Picture of boy with megaphone

Social Ecologists in Local Elections

For social ecologists, participation in municipal political life is essential. To a large extent it defines our political approach. How can we participate in local elections? What are the possibilities? How can we engage in local elections and reclaim democracy in our regions?
Flowers against the Police in Athens

Sparks of Democracy

In December 2008, massive protests, occupations, and violent conflicts paralyzed the Greek government. What was the essence of this radical movement of the students, workers, and immigrants? Here we present a brief outline of the assembly movement that developed during the uprising.
World Trade Organization protestor

The Economics of Race Hatred

Many left critics of globalization and corporate control actually share some of the far right’s ideological premises and rhetorical motifs, Peter Staudenmaier writes. He argues that an examination of our own arguments and assumptions about anti-capitalism is needed.
Police at Climate Camp

Climate Authoritarianism

Climate scientist James Lovelock, the author famous for his Gaia hypothesis, claims that we need a more authoritarian society to solve the climate crisis. This assumption is fundamentally wrong, writes Svante Malmström, who argues that the real problems are inequality and technocracy.
Squat in Greece with banners outside

The Uprising in Greece, December 2008

December 6th, 2008, a young boy named Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot down and killed by the police in Athens. This led immediately to huge protests in all major Greek cities, and for a week the state was next to paralyzed. What was the nature of this uprising, and how was it played out?
Genetically modified grain

Biotechnology, Democracy, and Revolution

Chaia Heller argues that biotechnology is not simply a dangerous “technology,” but in fact constitutes a key part of a broader shift to a new way of producing both nature and society in capitalism. We must go beyond biotechnology in itself to critique and remake the world that produced it.