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    2016 ISE Summer Gathering: August 19-21 – Marshfield, Vermont

2016 ISE Summer Gathering: August 19-21 – Marshfield, Vermont

Join the ISE for our annual summer gathering in Vermont. This year's theme: Social Ecology, Socialism, and the State. How can we move from protest to social transformation?

New Online Course – Ecology, Democracy, Utopia

Our first online course on the foundations of social ecology. Offered again soon!

Save the Date! 2016 Summer Intensive Program

Join us in the Hudson Valley in August for a week-long program on Democracy, Ecology & Social Movements, also featuring an advanced track on the politics and philosophy of social ecology.

New articles about politics, power and movements

ROAR Magazine, a website frequently featured here for its up-to-the-minute, incisive accounts of the global uprisings that have emerged since 2011, has posted the first edition of a print magazine, available for free download (at least for now).  The magazine features exceptional interviews and articles addressing core questions about politics, power, future left strategies, and the evolution of various social movements by renowned independent left thinkers including David Harvey, Michael Hardt, John Holloway, Oscar Olivera, Marina Sitrin, and many others. Janet Biehl [...]

By |December 28th, 2015|Social Ecology Blog|0 Comments|

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 [...]