Current Movements

Beverly Naidus’ installations in Plymouth, NH

Long time ISE faculty member Beverly Naidus reports that she has two art installations showing through October at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. One interactive installation is about extinction, “Curtain Call: Portable Altars for Grief and Gratitude” and the other is about the perils and rewards of activism, “AND NOW Behind Curtain #2.”

Beverly’s artist’s statement for the first of the two states in part:

I knew that I wanted to make a series of altars about extinction that would roll up and be easy to carry from place to place… At some point I realized that [...]

Scarcity, post-scarcity and community after the Italian earthquake

Our good friend and past ISE intensive participant Federico Venturini writes from the University of Leeds in England, where he’s finishing his dissertation on revolutionary social movements in Rio de Janeiro.  You can follow Fede’s blog at; which also features some photos from the recent Ecological Challenges conference in Oslo:
I am very pleased to inform that the paper Scarcity, post-scarcity and local community: L’Aquila as a case study that I co-authored with Ersilia Verlinghieri has been published on Planum, the Journal of Urbanism in a special issue in collaboration with SCIBE, titled WITHIN THE LIMITS [...]

New Murray Bookchin collection in French

From our colleague Vincent Gerber in Geneva:
October 16th will be the publication date for our book “Murray Bookchin, une écologie sociale et radicale,” in the series titled Precursors of Degrowth, produced by Serge Latouche. For more information, see my posting here.
This project comes up after the publication of my earlier book on Bookchin and social ecology, and Floreal Romero and I worked together on this. The aim of this small book is to present how ideas of social ecology influence (or are similar to) the recent Degrowth movement, and also how they differ. Half [...]

Call to support Kurds under attack in Syria

Urgent Call
International People’s coalition against ISIS – for Kobanê – and for humanity!
On the 15 September 2014 the ISIS launched a major multi-front military campaign against the Kurdish region of Kobanê (Arabic: Ayn Al-Arab) in Rojava/Northern Syria. This is the third ISIS onslaught on Kobanê since March 2014. As the ISIS was unsuccessful on the two previous occasions, they are attacking with larger forces and want to conquer Kobanê.

In January this year, the Rojava Kurds established local administrations in the form of three cantons. One of the three cantons formed is Kobanê. The Turkish [...]

Brian Tokar: Defying Apocalypse

This commentary appears on the occasion of the forthcoming “Apocalypse Now?” issue of the Occupied Times of London, as well as the People’s Climate March in New York City and events before and after, and also the publication of the newly revised and expanded edition of my book, Toward Climate Justice.  It also appears on Counterpunch, ZNet and Toward Freedom:

Today it often feels as though we are hopelessly mired in apocalyptic thinking, both in our social movements and in popular culture. From Hollywood blockbusters to art house dystopias, and from hip-hop lyrics to “serious” literature, images [...]

More links on Kurdish communalism

I originally added a series of updated links as a comment to our earlier post on this topic, but there are now enough of them to easily justify a new post:

 •  Surprising coverage of this story on (commercial) British TV this week:!

•  Also a current on-the-scene report:

•  An earlier account, albeit written in a more typically jaded American journalese, can be found in an Atlantic article from 2007:

•  A more in-depth, richly detailed account, tracing many specific dimensions of Bookchin’s ideas in the Kurds’ democratic praxis, can be found at Unfortunately a [...]

The organic imperative held hostage

This commentary by ISE faculty and board member Grace Gershuny originally appeared on her author’s blog for Chelsea Green Publishers:

“We no longer have the luxury of prevention. Now we are in the dire situation of needing a cure, a reversal. We know that correcting agriculture is an answer to climate chaos, and that it hinges on human behavior. ….The future is underfoot. It’s all about healthy soil.” This statement from ‘Coach’ Mark Smallwood, Executive Director of the Rodale Institute, epitomizes the urgency of the need to convert as much farmland as possible, as quickly as possible, [...]

Left Green Perspectives [Complete back issue list]

[Note: Left Green Perspectives was published regularly between 1986 and early 1999, with an additional issue in January 2000. The prices listed with each issue represent the cover price at the time of publication; print editions are no longer available.]

Issue #1 (January 1986) $.50: “The Greening of Politics: Toward a New Kind of Political Practice,” by Murray Bookchin; “Radical Ecologist Fundis vs. Reformist Realos in the German Green Party,” by Howard HawkinsIssue #2 (February 1986) $.50:”Municipalization: Community Ownership of the Economy,” by Murray Bookchin Issue #3 (June 1986) $.75: “Ecofeminism and Deep Ecology: Unresolvable Conflict?” by [...]

Green Perspectives: Missing Issues

Thanks to Vincent Gerber in Geneva, we now have copies of several of the issues of Green Perspectives and Left Green Perspectives that were previously missing from this site as well as from other online sources. Click on Read More for live download links to issues # 9, 11, 12, 13, and 39, as well as links to issues available at and other websites.

On confederalism in North Kurdistan

Revolutionaries in the northern Kurdish region, now part of Turkey, have by several accounts taken up social ecology’s call for a confederation of directly-democratic assemblies.  Their project and its accomplishments are described in a recent book from the New Compass Press, Democratic Autonomy in North Kurdistan, containing Janet Biehl’s English translation of a recent account by German activists.

A recent article in ROAR Magazine offers a similar perspective, tracing the journey of the imprisoned separatist PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan:
Öcalan embarked, in his prison writings, on a thorough re-examination and self-criticism of the terrible violence, dogmatism, personality [...]