Articles

Assembly during the participatory budget process under the Genro administration in RS, Brazil

Scaling Up Participatory Budgeting

27.11.2015
Is it possible to scale up participatory democracy? In this long article we take a look at the attempt to install participatory budgeting at the state level in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It tells the story of what happened under two different governments and asks what can be learned from their experiences.
The PKK Ban is Hypocrtical

The Social Impacts of the PKK Ban

21.11.2015
In Europe today, Kurdish people constitute one of the most organized and political communities. The terror-listing of the PKK by Western states criminalizes ordinary Kurds. However, this hypocrisy also contributes to the increased growth of a conscious, mobilized, activist community.

Reclaiming the Urban Space

15.11.2015
In cities across the world different forms of popular resistance are appearing at the grassroots level that aim to reclaim and recreate the urban public space. There is a direct link between these uprisings and movements and the broader project of direct democracy, writes Yavor Tarinski.
Barcode jail

Expanding the Floor of the Cage?

15.11.2015
The magic word “revolution” has a big importance in left images and language. But what is attractive about it? Why is it necessary? We certainly don‘t want a revolution because it is cool, but because fundamental social change is necessary. But what is then the role of smaller reforms?
Paris mobilizations 350.org

Is the Paris Climate Conference Designed to Fail?

11.11.2015
From the end of this month through early December, much of the world’s attention will be focused on Paris, the site of the upcoming round of UN climate negotiations. This is the twenty-first time diplomats and heads of state gather to discuss climate change. Are these negotiations designed to fail?
protests in the streets

Why Internationalist Antinationalism?

04.11.2015
Presently, people are divided as “nations” and “peoples.” But our goal is to make all people see that these separations distract them from uniting with each other. In this article, the antinational group Routes Sucrées explain what they mean by international solidarity.
Marching revolutionary workers in Petrograd 1917

On Murray Bookchin's "Third Revolution"

24.10.2015
Murray Bookchin’s four-volume "Third Revolution" rescues from historical amnesia the men and women who fought for revolutions that fleetingly spawned radical practices of freedom and democracy. This is a review of volume three, which covers the Russian Revolution from 1917 to 1921.
Under the pavement, the beach!

Searching for Streets of Sugar

16.10.2015
Routes Sucrées is a magazine published by a Berlin-based collective. Starting today, Routes Sucrées will contribute regularly to New Compass. We had a talk with activist Leia about Routes Sucrées, radical organizing, and the German Left.
Women's defense in refugee camps

Forget the UN! Meet the Self-Determining Refugees

07.10.2015
Rejecting the victim narrative, PKK-supported refugee camps in Kurdistan have taken control of their fates by creating their own autonomous system. Refugees, who have had everything taken away from them, are now creating a life in dignity and power.

Beyond the Growth Doctrine

05.10.2015
In order to be able to imagine and to create a society that is not based on constant economic growth, we have to move beyond narrow mechanistic and consumerist thinking. This means to oppose the dominance that the economy has in all spheres of modern life and subordinate it to the political.
Future sculpture

Ecological Modernity versus Capitalist Modernity

29.09.2015
An ecological future will not be founded on de-growth nor a rejection of material prosperity. The progress of the Industrial Revolution needs to be accelerated, not halted. Growth is not our enemy. Marco Rosaire Rossi thinks we’re looking at it all wrong.

On not being ruled by 'the best'

24.09.2015
Elections have long been seen as synonymous with democracy but their repetitious use merely reinforces oligarchy while giving the appearance of popular power. There is growing interest in random selection as a way of challenging elite control and making government reflective of society
Photo of Dimitri Roussopoulos

An Interview with Dimitri Roussopoulos

22.09.2015
Dimitrios I. Roussopoulos, the author of New Compass's latest publication—Political Ecology: Beyond Environmentalism—recently gave a talk in London. We had a conversation with him about the ideas in the book, the audience it appeals to, and the relevance and successes of social ecology.

National Sovereignty Does not Exist Anymore

19.09.2015
A new book by Dimitri Roussopoulos, “Political Ecology,” is now available on New Compass Press. In the epilogue to the book, Roussopoulos argues that the Greek crisis shows that the only effective defense against the brutal power of capitalism is if civil society tries to reorganize society.
Cizre freedom march

The Siege of Cizre

18.09.2015
As the conflict in Turkey spirals out of control the aggressions against the Kurdish population gets increasingly violent. The latest in a row of belligerent attacks is the siege of Cizre, leaving parts of the town demolished and over twenty civilians dead.

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