Continuing the dialogue

Some background, to help contextualize this piece for those who might be new to this discussion. This past January, I published a short essay “Social ecology needs development, dissent, dynamism” on the Social Ecology Blog hosted on the Institute for Social Ecology’s website. My intention was not to specifically articulate my own evolving perspective but to try and […]

Reply to Eirik Eiglad

For background please see the brief post “Making public a proposal for public debate” including the comments made on that post. Greetings to Eirik and my thanks for his reply. First, to clarify for accuracy, at no time have I posted on the New Compass website ( — there is a typo in Eirik’s reply). […]

Making a public proposal for a public “debate”

The article “Social ecology needs development, dissent, dynamism” published January 17, 2011 has, as of this writing, received 48 comments and, according to Google Analytics, 871 page views (609 unique views). [from a comment left in response to the “Social ecology needs…” article] Marcus Melder said: I want to suggest a formal debate between a […]

Social ecology needs development, dissent, dynamism

If you’re reading this post on the ISE blog then chances are I don’t need to spend much time reviewing the seriousness of the contemporary situation. Suffice to say, we are experiencing numerous social and ecological crises and the ongoing consequences of climate change foretell a bleak future. And if you are familiar with social […]

Greenwashing War: Burlington, Vermont Mayor Signs Deal With Lockheed Martin

Current ISE Director Brian Tokar is quoted in an article posted to progressive news outlet Toward Freedom; here’s the lead paragraph: When it leaked in Seven Days, a local alternative weekly, that Mayor Bob Kiss of liberal mecca Burlington, Vermont had inked a deal with the world’s largest war profiteer all hell broke loose inside […]

Announcing the New ISE Blog!

I’m writing on behalf of the Board of the Institute for Social Ecology (ISE) to 
announce the launch of our new blog, hosted on the ISE’s website [
i.e. here]. This blog will serve as a platform to regularly publish 
articles and announcements on any and all topics related to the theory and 
practice of social […]

Review: Social Ecology and Communalism

Social Ecology and Communalism by Murray Bookchin. Edited by Eirik Eiglad. Oakland, AK Press: 118 pages. ISBN 978-1-904859-49-9 [Available to purchase from AK Press] The American presidential election season has pundits and pollsters proclaiming “change” a primary factor in the minds of many voters. It’s little wonder that this stark period – marked by the […]

2008 Presidential Prospects for Progressives: Nader, the Greens, and Building a Movement

While the presidential primary season lurches onward with Obama and Hillary struggling to secure the Democrat nomination, progressives are finding themselves in predicament similar to both 2000 and 2004. Al Gore and John Kerry left a lot to be desired, though Bill Bradley, Dennis Kucinich, and Al Sharpton never gained much traction with their “inside […]