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    Accelerationism… and Degrowth? The Left’s Strange Bedfellows

Accelerationism… and Degrowth? The Left’s Strange Bedfellows

ISE affiliate Aaron Vansintjan has written an engaging article that analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of two of the most widely discussed political tendencies on the left today - Accelerationism and Degrowth. By exploring their political priorities, vision, and blind spots, Vansintjan helps clarify two important sets of ideas that are animating political work today.
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    Defend the zad – a call for international solidarity October 8th & 9th, 2016

Defend the zad – a call for international solidarity October 8th & 9th, 2016

A call for international solidarity from ISE affiliate and Reclaim the Streets co-founder John Jordan and The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, who are on the front lines of one of the most pressing social-ecological movements in France - the zad, or zone a défendre, the airport occupation that became an autonomous zone and prefigurative community of struggle.
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    “Bookchin and Marx;” Reid Kotlas from the 2016 Annual Gathering

“Bookchin and Marx;” Reid Kotlas from the 2016 Annual Gathering

We are happy to present “Bookchin and Marx,” a paper delivered at this year’s ISE annual gathering by Reid Kotlas, a member of the Platypus Affiliated Society. Platypus is an international project “for the self-criticism, self-education, and, ultimately, the practical reconstitution of a Marxian Left” which hosts reading groups and publishes the journal The Platypus Review.  In recent years Platypus has initiated a critical engagement with the ideas of Social Ecology, and have invited ISE faculty members to participate in their annual gathering on multiple occasions. Kotlas’ [...]

Enroll Now – New ISE Online Seminar Begins October 17th!

We are happy to announce that we will again be offering our online course Ecology, Democracy, Utopia: An Introduction to Social Ecology as an interactive weekly seminar that will begin on October 17th.

¡Carmelo Ruiz, Presente!

All of us at the ISE were terribly saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our friend, comrade and former student Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero during the afternoon of Tuesday, September 6th. Carmelo apparently had a sudden, fatal heart attack while at work in his home city of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Carmelo was one of the most articulate and accomplished of our many social ecology M.A. graduates during the years we were based at Goddard College in Vermont. While at the ISE, he studied the growth of [...]

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Carmelo Ruiz: A different perspective on organic standards

Book Review: Organic Revolutionary: A memoir of the movement for real food, planetary healing, and human liberation. By Grace Gershuny, 2016.

by Carmelo Ruiz

It has been taken as an article of faith by not few American environmentalists and food activists that organic agriculture was originally a concept filled with revolutionary promise, that was poised to replace the corporate-dominated toxic US food system with a decentralized, ecologically sound, healthy, and socially just, network of eco-farms and eco-villages producing food using the latest eco-technologies. [...]

Program for ISE 2016 Annual Gathering, Aug. 19-21

Full schedule for our 2016 Annual Gathering, August 19-21, Marshfield Vermont. It was one of our best – special thanks to all the new folks who came from throughout the US and beyond!

Social ecology gathering in Lyons, France

From our colleague Vincent Gerber in Geneva:

The French « Rencontres internationales d’écologie sociale » recently discussed ways to overcome capitalism. At the center of the discussions: libertarian municipalism as an alternative to the nation-state and the need to renew militancy.

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On May 27-29, 2016, radical ecologists, supporters of degrowth, and anarchists gathered in Lyons for the first Rencontres internationales d’écologie sociale (International Social Ecology Gathering). Organized by an international board, it brought together nearly 120 activists, mostly from France, Belgium, Spain, and Switzerland but [...]

Enroll Now – New Flexible Online Course!

Our first online course Ecology, Democracy, Utopia was a great success! In response to high demand we are now offering a self-directed course featuring the same video lectures, readings, and discussion forums but without the fixed time commitment of a weekly seminar. This allows for more flexible participation; you can start the course at any time, at your own speed, and according to your own schedule.

Social Ecologists at the Left Forum in NYC 5/21-22

ISE faculty and board members are on 4 panels at the annual Left Forum this year:

Also Debbie Bookchin will be speaking on the Saturday evening plenary on “Black Liberation and the Sanders Groundswell: Prospects for Left Unity,” with Kshama Sawant and others, and Ynestra King is on a panel on “Revolution and Nonviolence: From Deming, Fanon, and Pan-Africanism to Today’s Global Movements” on Saturday morning (10 am) as well.

Here are the scheduled times for the panels featured here:

Climate Justice and [...]