New Compass Press
We publish new books and pamphlets on social ecology and radical activism. We hope you will read our material and help us spread the ideas. Contact us for bulk orders.
Dimitrios I. Roussopoulos
Political Ecology: Beyond Environmentalism explains the history of environmental politics and its prospects for the future. This classic work is now available in a new, greatly expanded edition, which explores how we can channel the aspirations of environmentalism into political alternatives.
This is the first volume of the definitive work of Abdullah Öcalan, crucial for understanding the Kurdish revolution. These reflections represent the essence of his ideas on society, knowledge, and power. In this work Öcalan outlines a democratic alternative for the Middle East.
The ecological crisis demands a new politics. We must change society to reverse the damage human societies make on the environment. This anthology brings together a broad range of scholars and activists to address how we can develop a new ecological politics.
What defines Communalism? What distinguishes it from other radical ideologies? What social and political alternatives does it offer? This pamphlet answers these questions: it presents a broad overview of this political ideology and suggests ways it can be translated into practical politics.
Marco Rosaire Rossi
Occupy Wall Street captured the public imagination and identified the need for a new kind of politics. But why did it flounder? What kind of political theory do we need to advance a genuinely new politics today? How can we challenge the power of the 1%?
The call for Climate Justice promises a renewed grassroots response to the climate crisis. This fully revised and expanded edition shows how Climate Justice and the perspective of social ecology can point the way toward an ecological reconstruction of society.
The Anthropology of Utopia surveys alternative ways of life that can help us create an ecological society. It offers a wealth of stimulating practical examples, from both urban and rural communities, and also offers sober reflections on their lessons and significance for future ecological activism.
Janet Biehl, TATORT Kurdistan
In the fall of 2011, a group of TATORT activists journeyed into the Kurdish areas of Turkey to learn how the theory of Democratic Autonomy was being put into practice. They discovered a remarkable experiment in face-to-face democracy—all the more notable for being carried out in wartime.
In his pamphlet, "The Revolution Will Be Hilarious," Adam Krause takes a look at comedy and social change, and shows that humor, democracy, and creativity are all closely related. However funny it may sound, he argues, comedy can help us create a kinder, gentler, and far more rational future.
The collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 spurred a new anti-national movement in Germany. In this book, Robert Ogman covers the background and development of this political tendency, and its urge to organize society around other principles than nationality.
Murray Bookchin elucidated one of the first intellectual responses to the ecological crisis, but the end of his life was mired in controversies. This book offers a fresh look at the debates of the 1980s and 1990s, and discusses how social ecology is relevant today.
Janet Biehl, Peter Staudenmaier
This republication of Janet Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier's classic book—Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience—has been greatly expanded. This new edition comes with a new epilogue that provides an updated assessment of this historical legacy.
Art has become disconnected from life. Today artistic activities are reduced to commodities rather than integral elements in the fabric of our everyday life. What are the ways in which we can reverse this process? How can we make the arts a powerful force in healthy and vibrant communities?
This pamphlet traces the early development of the ideas of radical thinker Murray Bookchin; how his increasingly social-ecological outlook evolved from the decentralist perspectives developed in the work of earlier thinkers, particularly Mumford and Gutkind.
On a weekend in January 2009, Oslo was shaken: Massive protests against the war in Gaza degenerated into the most violent riots Norway had seen for three decades. Despite massive media attention, few seem to have grasped the real significance of the events. What were their political messages?