Image of women defending Kobane

Kobanê, 1 May 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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Worker at a cooperative mill in Tirbespiye

Municipalization of the Economy

As the Rojava revolution continues, the nature of its economy has been much discussed. Rojava aspires to a social economy based on cooperatives. What are Murray Bookchin’s ideas about the economy: what are the economic aspects of libertarian municipalism?
Image: people signing the Guanyem manifesto (via Guerrilla Translation).

The City as Horizon for Radical Democracy

While the focus of attention among the left these days is the possibility to reclaim democracy at the state and the supranational level, there is at the same time, somewhat less visibly, a new cycle of struggles for democratic governance unfolding at the level of the city.
Protests against the Ilisu dam

Let us Communalize Land, Water, and Energy

The Ilisu dam in Turkey threatens the livelihoods of up to 80.000 people, as well as rich cultural heritage sites, and the still living river ecosystem of the Tigris River. March 29th, 2015, more than 500 people protested against the destructive Ilisu Dam project in the town of Dargecit.
Better world poster image for Social Ecology and Social Change book promotion

Social Ecology and Social Change – Out Now!

Our latest book is one of the most comprehensive anthologies on social ecology ever published. With contributors from both Europe and North-America, it covers a broad range of topics from utopianism and radical theory, to urban activism, energy generation and even the Italian mafia…
Image from the fire in AK Press warehouse

Fire Relief for AK Press and Friends

In the early morning of March 21, the building behind AK Press caught fire. Two people lost their lives. There was extensive water and smoke damage to other units, including the ones occupied by AK Press and 1984 Printing. Now they need your help to recover.
Cap on Debt: image from David Graeber's cover

Cap on Debt

Many radicals assume that capitalism simply means financial speculation, obscure bank dealings, monopolies, or interest as a way to garner income without work, in contrast to a market economy, which can be based on “honest” labor and fair exchange. But is this distinction valid?