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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Developing cooperatives, commons and new forms of municipal management are tightly interconnected in social ecology. In this post Korsár and Malmström attempt to elaborate on some basic understandings of the those political and economical alternatives.
We can look to the Kurdish case for inspiration about transforming the matrix of electoral politics by building power on the municipal level, beginning a revolution that would create a society in which citizens are empowered to self-govern rather than passive choosers of options deemed merely less evil.
Faced with a barrage of psychological theories for economic and political ordeals, the Left rightly clings to systemic explanations that assert impersonal forces, not human weaknesses, are responsible for epoch-shaping events. But is this stance always correct?
In the U.S., an emerging movement of local communities has set to dismantle corporate power and assert democratic self-government by passing local laws codifying the rights of citizens and communities and banning corporate activities that violate those rights.
In their third post on social ecology Korsár and Malmstrõm writes about how the current economic crisis not only creates havoc, but also opportunities for a different social system. Their inspiration comes from David Harvey, Gar Alperovitz, Paul Mason and Jeremy Rifkin.
Inventing the Future, currently on radical left reading lists across the UK, offers a strong critique of left organising, defining a ‘folk politics’ the authors believe to be ineffective. But do its proposed solutions throw the baby out with the bathwater?
On April 23 and 24, 2016, the Mesopotamian Ecology Movement (MEM) held its first conference in the city of Wan (Van). One hundred delegates participated, from a variety of Kurdish cities and provinces. We here present their final declaration, which advances a series of social-ecological aims.
It seems like everyone has an opinion on 'the migrant crisis'. In this important book Alice Bloch and Sonia McKay centre the voices so often overlooked: those of the undocumented people forced to live in conditions of imposed illegality and oppression in London.
Crowdfunding is on the rise and many believe it represents an alternative to capitalism, as well as a way to democratize investments and to allow new ideas to emerge. Is it really so? We will see whether it could be, and also the main criticisms it is facing.