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Communalism: A Liberatory Alternative

26.05.2015
The ideas of social ecology, along with the history of the concepts it attempts to grapple with, can be daunting for a reader unfamiliar with the history of radicalism. Luckily, an ambitious pamphlet has recently been published for people newly curious about this body of ideas.
Adam Krause made a collage about the Civil War in American memory

The Secret History of Memorial Day

15.05.2015
Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day set aside to remember the many who have died serving in the U.S. Military’s many wars. It may seem like a harmless U.S. holiday, but it is intimately tied to that nation’s history of racism. Let us have a closer look at its historical background.

The Crisis of Democracy in the UK

13.05.2015
With government so close to business interests, representative democracy in the UK is losing its legitimacy and ability to explain the world. New Compass spoke a group that organised assemblies across Britain in the run-up to May’s General Election in an attempt to transcend party politics.
Suburban street from the US showing car dependence

Suburbia as an Ecological Challenge

11.05.2015
Far too many Americans are dependent on the car, writes Janet Biehl in her contribution to Social Ecology and Social Change. Since the autodependent surburban infrastructure was conciously built, however, it can be conciously unbuilt and replaced by dense, walkable, and humanly scaled cities.
The protest movement demand justice for the 43 students

The 43 Students Demand Change

09.05.2015
Between April 17 and May 19, 2015, a delegation from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, visits European cities. Their aim is to raise consciousness about the ongoing struggles in Mexico, and to demand the return of the 43 students that were abducted in September last year.
Norman Rockwell on New England town meeting

Citizens’ Assemblies: From New England to Rojava

05.05.2015
Janet Biehl compares the centuries old town meetings of New England and the brand new communes and confederations of Rojava. Both are face-to-face democratic assemblies that take place at the most local level. However, they also differ in important aspects.
Image of women defending Kobane

Kobanê, 1 May 2015

01.05.2015
May 1st is the international day to celebrate and struggle for the rights and freedoms of working people. The administration of the Kobanê Canton has issued a statement calling for solidarity and common struggle against oppression, exploitation and terror.
Illustration image from Earth Day 2015

45 Years of Earth Days—A Critical View

25.04.2015
April 22nd, 1970, was the first celebration of Earth Day. What is the status of these mobilizations of protest and hope today? In order to renew its promises, Brian Tokar argues, we should look at what really made ecology such a compelling alternative worldview since the 1970s.
Ada Colau runs for Mayor in Barcelona

Is Barcelona on the Verge of a Feminist Revolution?

23.04.2015
Something special is happening in Barcelona. At the local elections in May, the citizen platform Barcelona en Comú could snatch control of the city council. If it succeeds, the consequences for the women in cities all over the world could be radical.
Adam Krause made a collage about conflicts over municipal freedoms

The Battle Against Municipal Freedom

18.04.2015
Both increased municipal power and increased citizen control of municipalities, are essential for a more democratic and ecological future. Attempts to increase these are often met with resistance. Two recent examples from Texas are particularly illustrative.

Mind Control or Social Control

17.04.2015
Politicians are waking up to the prevalence of mental illness in society. But can the talking therapies they espouse ever hope to address the real causes of mental distress? Is a relentless focus on introspection and personal change the way to achieve a sane and healthy society?
Farmers and trade unions protesting against the EU India free trade agreement

International Day of Peasant Struggle

16.04.2015
Peasants, landless people and family farmers have organized themselves in the international movement La Via Campesina to reclaim their rights, to defend small-scale agriculture and to have their voices heard at international level. Since 1996 April 17 is their annual global day of action.
Robotic arm as illustration to Zero Marginal Cost Municipality article

The Zero Marginal Cost Municipality

13.04.2015
The extreme productivity of modern capitalism is often seen as the opposite of ecological sustainability. In his essay in Social Ecology and Social Change, however, Jonathan Korsár argues that democratic municipalities can use productive technologies in an ecologically and socially beneficial way.
Graffitti from Rio de Janeiro protesting the world cup

Social Ecology and Contemporary Urban Struggles

09.04.2015
Social ecology has to enter into a dialogue with urban social movements, argues Federico Venturini in his contribution to New Compass' latest book Social Ecology and Social Change. Here is a short interview with Venturini and an extract from his essay in the book.
Hannah Arendt

To Think What We are Doing

08.04.2015
The environmental problems are political concerns that cannot be left to the rule of experts. Hannah Arendt's political ideas provide insight into why participatory democracy is the form of government that best will enable us to collectively address the ecological crisis.

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