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MST demo in Brazil

Democratization Through Land Occupation

15.02.2015
In Brazil, the MST struggles for general land redistribution through the implementation of a national agrarian reform. To achieve this aim, their primary strategy has been to occupy arable lands for its members, before eventually building permanent settlements.
New Building Bricks

Scaling Up: Ideas about Participatory Democracy

13.02.2015
A common objection against participatory democracy is that it is a beautiful idea, but that it can only work on a small scale. We take a look at some contrary perspectives on how participation can work on the big scale, involving millions of people.

Sortition and Direct Democracy

06.02.2015
Sortition as an organic part of direct democracy is suited for facilitating the administration of larger areas, while preventing the emergence of hierarchies. In combination with the institution of the general assembly it can help build sustainable democratic processes and promote active citizenship.
Photo by Sergio Espin

Let's Win Back Barcelona!

01.02.2015
Guanyem Barcelona is a citizen platform that has embarked on a mission to solve the current Spanish political crises with their own hands. This increasingly popular political movement aims to remove power from elites and bring democracy to the people.
Serekaniyeh

The First Kobanê

01.02.2015
Kobanê deserves all its praise. Yet Kobanê was not the first place where the Rojava’s defense forces beat back fanatical, murderous armed jihadists. In November 2012, Jabhat al Nusra attacked and occupied the city of Serê Kaniyê, but YPG threw off that occupation as well.
Neighborhood meeting, Qamishlo

Rojava's Communes and Councils

31.01.2015
Instead of an independent state, the citizens of Rojava prefer autonomy. The solution, they say, has to be at the grassroots level, and they have built their democracy so that people of different nationalities live and work together, in a free political system that rests profoundly on communes.
Press release by the YPG command of Kobanê

Kobanê Victory Marks the Beginning of the End

28.01.2015
The embattled Kobanê is now liberated from ISIS. “Let ISIS know that just as the homes of Kobanê became their graves our villages too will become their graves," said YPG Kobanê commander Mahmut Berxwedan. "Our victory is the beginning of the end of ISIS in this world.”
Neither conspiracism nor technocracy

Neither Conspiracy Theorist Nor Technocrat

19.01.2015
Conspiratorial movements and technocratic rule are perhaps the greatest threats to freedom in the modern world. Not because they are the worst of all possible outcomes, but because they are the most likely to succeed. How can we avoid the perils of both conspiracism and technocracy?
Academic delegation 2015

Statement from the Academic Delegation to Rojava

15.01.2015
The Syrian civil war is not all about the Islamic State, the al-Nusra Front and the Assad regime; it also hides a bold social experiment. Last December, an international delegation of scholars visited Rojava to learn about the revolution, gender liberation and democratic self-government.
The Library of Alexandria

Enlightenment versus Reactionary Islamism

29.11.2014
We are now at a crucial stage in history, as humanity faces another upsurge of reactionary Islamism in the form of IS and kindred militant groups. Can the traditional Western interventionist approach help us achieve and defend civilization, democracy, and peace?
Women's power

Toward a Communalist Approach

02.11.2014
A new radical approach must adequately address the new economic, ecological, technological, and cultural challenges of contemporary society; it must be one of theory and action, one that goes beyond the historical and theoretical limitations of classical Marxism, socialism, and anarchism.
YPJ fighters

Consensus is Key: New Justice System in Rojava

13.10.2014
In May 2014 TATORT Kurdistan’s delegation to Rojava (North Syria / West Kurdistan) spent almost four weeks in the region of Cizîre to explore the political situation and various aspects of self-management. Ercan Ayboğa gives this account of the postrevolutionary justice system in Rojava.
Picture of women fighters from Rojava

Democratic Autonomy in Rojava

10.10.2014
Starting in 2012 a communalist social system has been in the process of transforming Rojava (West Kurdistan, or Syrian Kurdistan). This firsthand account of the institutions of that transformation was written in the early summer of 2014 and thus before the current war.
Anarchist protestors against the police

Anarchism, Power, and Government

01.10.2014
No society can exist without an orderly way of administering itself: this necessarily implies government and regulation. Still, most left-libertarians dismiss every government as a state. What distinguishes the politics of social ecology from anarchism?
Turn the Tide light protest

Defying Apocalypse

21.09.2014
For some, the prospect of a civilizational collapse is invigorating: the more dire a future we face, the greater the urgency of radical action. But for most people, facing the unthinkable is merely a path to disengagement and despair. If apocalypse is inevitable, why bother with activism at all?

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