Political Theory: Anarchism, Communalism & Libertarian Municipalism

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 academia.edu 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 cult and authoritarianism he […]

New books from Dan Chodorkoff & Brian Tokar

From New Compass Press in Norway, a new collection of Dan Chodorkoff’s essays, The Anthropology of Utopia, plus a revised and expanded edition of Brian Tokar’s Toward Climate Justice.  Both available in September; review copies now available from New Compass:
THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF UTOPIA
Essays on Social Ecology and Community Development
By Dan Chodorkoff

How can we avert ecological catastrophe? How can we build community? What is the practical relevance of utopia? These are some of the questions anthropologist Dan Chodorkoff explores in his essays on social ecology and community development.

The Anthropology of Utopia surveys alternative ways of life that can help us […]

40th anniversary greetings from Australia!

"And what a journey it has been over those 40 years – with great successes, numerous challenges and some ‘failures’, all of which we can learn from in going forwards."

Latin Americans debate ‘extractivism’

In a comprehensive review article in the Fall 2014 issue of Green Social Thought, long-time Left Green activist Don Fitz offers an insightful analysis of the current debates over ‘extractivism’ in Latin America.  While most environmental and indigenous activists are highly critical of the elevated levels of resource extraction that are occurring under nominally leftist governments in South America, proponents argue that it is unrealistic to reverse this trend, now that countries like Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru are aiming to use the proceeds from oil and mineral extraction to benefit their majority populations. Fitz’s article also serves as […]

“Ecological Challenges” conference in Oslo

The weekend immediately following the gigantic People’s Climate March in New York City, social ecologists and others will be gathering in Oslo for this important event:

Ecological Challenges: Oslo 2014 Conference
25-27 September 2014

The ecology movement deals with the greatest social and political challenge of our time: climate change. How should we meet this challenge? Some claim that democracy is to slow to solve the climate crisis, and that authoritarian measures are necessary to create a greener future. At the conference we will explore the idea of participatory democracy as a counter argument to this claim. How do differences in scale […]

Don’t Mourn, Organize! A Social Ecology Panel at the 2014 Left Forum

This year, the annual Left Forum was held on May 30st through June 1st at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The conference and its theme, Reform and/or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice, attracted scholars and activists from across many social, environmental and labor movements including Occupy Wall Street, Idle No More, and Turkey’s Gezi Park.  Social ecologists collaborated to produce a panel discussion on the legacy and contributions of Murray Bookchin and his vision of communalist politics. Don’t Mourn, Organize! The Radical Decentralist Politics of Social Ecologist Murray Bookchin was attended […]

The return of “scientific” racism

Alan Goodman, a professor at Hampshire College, co-director of the American Anthropological Association’s Understanding Race project, and long-time friend of the ISE, has posted a review on Counterpunch.org of a disturbing new book by New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade, which aims to revive long-discredited theories proposing a biological basis for racial divisions among peoples.  Here’s an excerpt:
Nicholas Wade’s book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History, is what the title suggests: a troubling view of human history.   A Troublesome Inheritance is troublesome, but not for the reason he proposes: his “courageous” telling of hard truths about […]

Dan Chodorkoff on the origins of the ISE

Video of Dan Chodorkoff discussing the origins of the ISE, focusing on early renewable energy experiments at Cate Farm in central Vermont.

Social ecologists at the Left Forum in NY City

Once again, faculty and associates of the ISE will be participating in several panels at the annual Left Forum, scheduled for May 30th – June 1st in New York City.  Following huge turnouts that stretched the limits of available spaces at Pace University, the Forum has been moved uptown to the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, just west of Central Park and Columbus Circle. The theme is “Reform and/or Revolution: Imagine a World of Transformative Justice.”  Featured speakers this year include Harry Belafonte, Angela Davis, Cornel West, David Harvey, and over 1,000 more. Registration information is available here. […]