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Kurdish revolution hits the mainstream press

2 relatively mainstream press accounts in recent weeks highlight the contributions of Murray Bookchin’s social ecology to the continuing revolution in the Kurdish regions of Syria and beyond. Most widely noted was a first-hand account of visits to the Kurdish militias by New York Times reporter Wes Enzinna, published in the paper’s Sunday magazine on November 29th.  It’s an engaged and inviting account, despite the reporter’s snarky comments (directly to Kursish militants!) about how Bookchin’s work has been forgotten in the US.

Less flashy [...]

By |December 21st, 2015|Social Ecology Blog|0 Comments|

Article: How to be an anti-capitalist today

Erik Olin Wright, co-author of Alternatives to Capitalism: Proposals for a democratic economy, has a new article in Jacobin that asks some important questions about the nature and limits of different kinds of anti-capitalist politics today. His argument that “Anticapitalism isn’t simply a moral stance against injustice — it’s about building an alternative” resonates with the reconstructive perspective of social ecology.

Short excerpt:
… It is not an illusion that capitalism has transformed the material conditions of life in the world and enormously [...]

By |December 7th, 2015|Social Ecology Blog|0 Comments|

Carmelo Ruiz: Is food really becoming scarce?

To celebrate the publication of the brand new edition of Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins’ classic book, World Hunger: 10 Myths, we offer a new article by our Puerto Rico-based colleague, Carmelo Ruiz:

That food is becoming scarce because demand and population growth are outstripping supply is an article of faith that is rarely ever examined let alone questioned in mainstream environmental policy circles, or in major news media. The latest incarnation of this unquestioned conventional wisdom comes from commentators and popular [...]

Is the Paris climate conference designed to fail?

... by ISE director Brian Tokar. Addressing common myths about the upcoming Paris conference, how events since the 2009 Copenhagen conference have set the stage for what could be a fatally flawed agreement, and how activists in Europe and the US are responding. available at CommonDreams, Counterpunch, ZNet, New Compass, Toward Freedom, and a terrific new website, Paris Climate Justice.

New books of interest

Several new books of interest to social ecologists are out this month:
Ecology or Catastrophe: The Life of Murray Bookchin
by Janet Biehl, from Oxford University Press

The first-ever biography of Murray Bookchin, written by his personal collaborator and copy-editor from 1987-2006. The book discusses the variety of philosophies and movements that Bookchin helped shape, including social ecology, eco-decentralism, eco-anarchism and municipal democracy.

We will feature more information about this book in the coming weeks.
Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization
by Abdullah Öcalan, from New Compass Press

This [...]

By |October 10th, 2015|Social Ecology Blog|0 Comments|

On Marx, Bakunin and revolutionary internationalism

ISE supporter Richard Greeman is a retired professor, was a colleague of Cornelius Castoriadis, Raya Dunayevskaya and Immanuel Wallerstein, and is a prolific translator of the anti-authoritarian Russian revolutionary Victor Serge. Richard is a founder of the Praxis Research and Education Center, based in Moscow, and director of the Victor Serge Foundation. This essay is part of an ongoing study, and is posted here in its entirety to encourage ongoing discussion:
Socialist Internationals in History
by Richard Greeman

This study is based on the [...]

Turkish Army burning Kurdish forests: Call for a delegation

From the Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, August 18, 2015

With the restart of the war in North-Kurdistan by Turkish state in end of July 2015 the Turkish Army has started to burn down forests. After 2,5 years of negotiations about the start of a peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurdish Freedom Movement, the Turkish side decided to attack the PKK Guerrilla HPG (Peoples Defense Forces) and legal political activists.

In a planned and systematic manner the Turkish Army shoots with [...]

On Bookchin & the Kurds + New solidarity project

An excellent overview of the Kurdish movement and its influences from social ecology has just been posted on ROARMagazine.  Also the New Compass, based in Norway, has just posted a link to a new Kurdish solidarity project, based in Greece.

Here’s an excerpt from the ROAR article:

In his 2005 pamphlet, Declaration of Democratic Confederalism, Abdullah Öcalan formally and definitively broke with the PKK’s earlier aspirations of founding an independent Kurdish nation state. “The system of nation states,” he argues in the [...]

VT/NY Day of Action vs. extreme energy transport

From our good friends at Rising Tide VT and Green Mountain Earth First! Photos are courtesy of Popular Resistance and the Earth First! Newswire. More details on the Williston action vs. pipeline construction and the trans & women’s action on the Champlain Bridge can be found here:

Nine arrested while hundreds rally in day of action to stop extreme energy transport in the Northeast.
Champlain Valley, July 7 – Hundreds of people participated Tuesday in a coordinated series of actions across the [...]

On the Necessity of Dialectical Naturalism

A recent article in the journal Antipode situates Murray Bookchin's theory of dialectical naturalism within the broader dialectical tradition, and contrasts his approach with Herbert Marcuse's technological pessimism.