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The Communalist Project

19.02.2011
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.
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Heaven on Earth?

15.02.2011
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

10.02.2011
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

04.02.2011
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

04.02.2011
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

04.02.2011
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.
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What is Our Purpose?

02.02.2011
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.

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