New from Argentina: “Anti-Capitalism for Beginners”

Just out in English from Seven Stories Press. The author, Ezequiel Adamovsky, was interviewed this week on ZNet. Here’s an excerpt:

“Initially, the idea came to my mind in 2002. At that time, after the rebellion of December 2001 in Argentina, I was very much involved in the Neighbors’ Assemblies movement. We had all sorts of amazing political debates there. Most people had the feeling that the old Left had little to offer. And yet, they were craving for radical ideas and actions. There was the sense that we were building a new kind of movement, but there were no ideas, concepts or doctrines to name it […]

By ISE | June 24th, 2011 | Current Movements, Economics & Capitalism, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

New review of “Remaking Society”

From U. of Toronto information & library science graduate student Ian Reddy. Interestingly, he describes first discovering Murray Bookchin’s writings after reading some of his 1990s critics. The review offers a fresh look at a classic work in social ecology: http://contratexts.blogspot.com/2011/06/book-murray-bookchin-1989-remaking.html.

Vincent Gerber: 3 Facets of Social Ecology

So far only in French, at http://www.monde-libertaire.fr/ecologie/14178-les-trois-facettes-de-lecologie-sociale. Vincent also manages the French language social ecology web portal, www.ecologiesociale.ch. The site has an RSS feed that aims to inform subscribers of

200th Anniversary of the Luddite Uprisings

November 2011 – January 2013 are the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprisings: a great opportunity to celebrate their struggle and to redress the wrongs done to them and their name. Today science and technology raises many more critical social, environmental and ethical issues, but from GM food and eugenics to plans for engineering the planets climate, from surveillance to nuclear power, these issues are rarely addressed properly, partly because anyone who raises criticism is denigrated as a ‘luddite’. History has been written by the victors and the Luddites are portrayed as opposed to all technology and progress: it is ironic that while the ideology of technology as progress has hardened into a rigid dogma, which must condemn all critics as ‘anti-science’, in fact the Luddites opposed only technology ‘hurtful to commonality’, (i.e. the common good). They destroyed some machines whilst leaving others, and earnt their living using a complex piece of technology, the hand loom. In their spirit, we make no apology for calling for real democratic control over science and technology. Public meeting in London, Weds. June 8th.

By ISE | May 29th, 2011 | Economics & Capitalism, Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comments |

North & South, Ecology and Justice, Part 1

by Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero (First of 3 parts) The movements for ecology and justice face a particular set of opportunities and perils at the start of the second decade of the

“The half-life of disaster” by Brian Massumi

ISE Director Brian Tokar recommends this article from Brian Massumi, who translated Deleuze & Guattari’s 1000 Plateaus and several later writings of theirs into English. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

Audio: Capitalism, Climate Change, and Social Conflicts

Now Available: audio from a 2011 Left Forum panel discussion entitled “Capitalism, Climate Change, and Social Conflicts.” The panelists include ISE Director Brian Tokar, Chris Williams (Pace University), and Younes Abouyoub (Columbia

Invitation: 5th Annual Institute for Social Ecology Summer Colloquium

INVITATION & CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: “Social Ecology and the Future of Resistance” Fifth Annual Summer Colloquium – Institute for Social Ecology Marshfield, VT USA August 19-21 Application/Registration Deadline: June 1, 2011 (please

New Pamphlet: “Mumford Gutkind Bookchin” by Janet Biehl

Janet Biehl has published an excerpt of her forthcoming biography of ISE co-founder Murray Bookchin. The new work, entitled Mumford Gutkind Bookchin: The Emergence of Eco-Decentralism, is published as a