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“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.

Urgent news from Afrin, Rojava

Update from Hawzhin Azeez of the Kobane Reconstruction Board in Rojava:

In the last hour Erdogan’s air force attacked and bombarded Afrin. Hevals noted over 72 planes flying over Afrin and bombing indiscriminately. Hevals also confirm that direct conflict with Turkish backed terrorist groups have occurred. Two tanks have been captured by the SDF/YPG/YPJ and many killed and captured from the terrorist groups; but there are a number of injured and martyred on our side too.

For well over two years Erdogan’s planes have bombarded Afrin provinces, dozens of villages have been destroyed with even more innocent civilian massacred. For weeks […]

By | January 20th, 2018 | Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comment |
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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.

Social Ecology: Communalism against Climate Chaos

An article by ISE board member Brian Tokar, featured in the Winter 2018 issue of ROAR Magazine with an overall theme of System Change: "To address the full magnitude of the climate crisis and maintain a habitable planet for future generations we need to shatter the myths of capitalist growth once and for all."

Recent Social Ecology media links

As reported by Debbie Bookchin:

In case you haven’t seen it, here are some recent media items featuring social ecology that may be of interest:
 
The internationalist commune of Rojava sent this beautiful greeting (in Spanish with English subtitles) to the Second International Social Ecology Conference in Bilbao in October. It mentions Social Ecology and Murray a number of times and talks about how they are inspired to put these ideas into practice in Rojava:

 

 
Also, this is an excellent report on the event. It’s in Spanish but easy to read, for those who may not know Spanish, with Google Translate:

 
http://www.alasbarricadas.org/noticias/node/39192

 
For those […]

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    Report: 2nd International Meeting on Social Ecology, Bilbao (Oct. 2017)

Report: 2nd International Meeting on Social Ecology, Bilbao (Oct. 2017)

The meeting aimed to open up a space for debate among political and social critics, to give visibility to local struggles and alternative forms of political organization, and to make links between all these currents via the frameworks of social ecology and libertarian municipalism.
By | November 19th, 2017 | Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comment |

New review of “Ecology or Catastrophe”

Published in Anarchist Studies 25:1, pp.103-105.

By Eleanor Finley, University of Massachusetts Amherst, PhD student & ISE Board member,
and Dr. Federico Venturini, Independent Researcher and Activist, Transnational Institute for Social Ecology

A review of Janet Biehl, Ecology or Catastrophe: The Life of Murray Bookchin, Oxford University Press, 2015

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the work of leftist political philosopher Murray Bookchin. Given these events, now seems like a perfect time for the release of a biography about this thinker who dedicated his life to bringing about a coherent vision of a truly democratic and ecological society. […]

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    Enroll now for fall online seminar – Mondays Oct. 30-Dec. 18

Enroll now for fall online seminar – Mondays Oct. 30-Dec. 18

Please stay tuned for several new courses in the works for 2018, along with our next in-person intensive seminar.