Article Archive

Z.A.D. and the Revenge Against the Commons, by John Jordan

ISE affiliate and longtime activist John Jordan has written an account of the Z.A.D. autonomous territory in Western France that is now under attack by the French state.

“As you may well know, Isa and I and our collective the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination moved to the autonomous territory of the zad in western France a few years back. As you may also know these 4000 acres of liberated land against an airport and its world is being evicted by the french state as I write, with 2500 gendarmes, armoured cars, drones and helicopters, because an example of life despite […]

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    The ZAD Becomes Compost: LONG LIVE THE ZAD (Zone a Defendre)!

The ZAD Becomes Compost: LONG LIVE THE ZAD (Zone a Defendre)!

By Beverly Naidus

When something you have witnessed, loved and cared for is destroyed and uprooted, whether it is a forest, a species, a community or a culture, it can wreck the spirit. The trauma of these violent actions, informed by greed and ignorance, can ripple out widely, encouraging resistance, but it requires attention. In order for the suffering to become compost from which we can plant our visions again, it needs amplification. Writing in the wee hours, on the Pacific coast of North America, I am hoping that these words will be heard, knowing that our peaceful warrior friends […]

2018 ISE Annual Gathering: Aug. 17-19 Marshfield, VT

The Institute for Social Ecology cordially invites you to our 2018 Annual Gathering for a weekend of engaging political discussion, great food, and socializing in the beautiful Vermont countryside. The gathering is a unique opportunity to renew the Social Ecology community in person, renew old friendships and make new ones, and connect with like-minded people from around the world.

This year’s theme is Building Muncipalist Movements, inspired by the exciting surge in explicitly muncipalist organizing worldwide. We will feature talks and panel discussions on topics like:

What is Communalism?
Urbanization, Right to the City, and the “Commons”
Social Eco-Feminism Revisited
Lessons […]

ISE Winter Newsletter 2018

Winter Newsletter for the Institute for Social Ecology - recent and upcoming events!

Social Ecology Summer Intensive: June 8-13, Poulsbo, WA.

We are pleased to announce the next Social Ecology Summer Intensive will take place June 8-13 at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington!
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    New Online Course: Social Transformation Beyond Pragmatism or Utopia

New Online Course: Social Transformation Beyond Pragmatism or Utopia

Enroll today for Social Transformation Beyond Pragmatism and Utopia, a three-session seminar that will explore theoretical and practical dilemmas posed by the tension between utopia and pragmatism in communalism’s political vision. Taught by long-time ISE affiliate Robert Ogman, the course will meet Thursdays at 1 pm EST on April 26, May 3, and May 17.

“Murray Bookchin Has a Posse” Pin Fundraiser!

Our friends from Demand Utopia in Portland have made some very cool "Murray Bookchin Has a Posse" pins! Proceeds will go towards funding the first translation of Murray Bookchin's work into Arabic.
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    Enroll Now for Spring Online Seminar: Mondays, March 12 – April 30

Enroll Now for Spring Online Seminar: Mondays, March 12 – April 30

Enroll today for our Spring online seminar: Ecology, Democracy, Utopia. Starts March 12 and will meet weekly at 1 pm EST until April 30th.

The Growth Paradigm: Measuring Nothing

The following essay is an excerpt from America’s Addiction to Automobiles by Chad Frederick. The book argues that contrary to the ethos of much contemporary urban planning, simply increasing the multimodal infrastructure of our cities is not enough to free them from automobile dependency. This task requires that we change the underlying logic of city governance, away from the growth paradigm to the sustainable development paradigm, with equity at its center.
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    The New Reactionaries: Amir Taaki, Alt-Right Entryism, and Rojava Solidarity

The New Reactionaries: Amir Taaki, Alt-Right Entryism, and Rojava Solidarity

This article outlines what I believe to be a case of alt-right entryism into Rojava Plan and Rojava solidarity efforts more generally through the actions of an individual named Amir Taaki. Although focused on the Rojava Solidarity movement, it illustrates a problem that has surfaced in other movements as well.