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“To Revisit Spain,” by Eleanor Finley

In the late 1960’s, social ecologist Murray Bookchin traveled throughout Spain and Catalonia collecting the history of Spanish anarchism. Though the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War was highly-publicized throughout the “democratic” west, few accounts ever dealt seriously with the social revolution that took place within in. Furthermore, no definitive history existed of the Spanish anarchism that fueled these events, a political movement dating back to the mid-19th century. Murray set out to write this history and, in the process, shed light on the development of revolutionary Left theory and practice. Four decades later, I encountered these works as a young woman coming out of Occupy Wall Street (OWS). I’d quit my job, left my apartment, and made the pilgrimage to New York City. During OWS, I had the wonderful fortune to spend time with a group of indignados activists from Valencia, Spain. First hand, I began to see the hazy outlines of a new worldwide conversation was forming around the real meanings of democracy and prosperity.

New collection of Murray Bookchin’s political essays

Just released by Verso Books:
The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy
by Murray Bookchin Edited by Debbie Bookchin and Blair Taylor Preface by Ursula K. Le Guin
 
From Athens to New York, recent mass movements around the world have challenged austerity and authoritarianism [...]

Eyewitnesses to the Kurdish revolution

In December, a delegation of European academics and others, including some social ecologists, participated in a week-long visit to the Kurdish region of Syria – known as Rojava – to witness the experiments in “democratic confederalism” that are underway. Janet Biehl has posted the first report on the delegation [...]

By |December 31st, 2014|Social Ecology Blog|1 Comment|

New book reviews and an interview

Reviews are starting to come in for the recent books by Brian Tokar and Dan Chodorkoff that were profiled here:
• The Swiss Ecologie Sociale website has reviewed both books (in French):
The Anthropology of Utopia: www.ecologiesociale.ch/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76
Toward Climate Justice: www.ecologiesociale.ch/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=77
• PopularResistance.org has reviewed Toward Climate Justice:
www.popularresistance.org/essential-reading-for-clarity-on-climate-action/

By |December 19th, 2014|Social Ecology Blog|0 Comments|

Report and a call to action from Ferguson, MO

ISE board member Negesti Cantave is on the ground in Ferguson and offers this update:

In the past 48 hours here in Ferguson, MO I have personally been affected by tear gas, and been in close vicinity to rubber bullets and pepper spray. I was personally directed by either National [...]

By |November 26th, 2014|Social Ecology Blog|0 Comments|

NY Times letter on Kobane

From the New York Times editorial page, November 25, 2014. Also see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-schumacher-and-debbie-bookchin/the-kurdish-experiment-in-radical-decentralism_b_5996184.html:
To the Editor:

Re: “More Than a Battle, Kobani Is a Publicity War” (front page, Nov. 20):
While the Syrian border town of Kobani may be viewed as a public relations battle by the United States and [...]

Richard Grossman, ¡Presente!

Richard Grossman, activist and thinker ahead of his time
by Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero
Research Associate, Institute for Social Ecology
November 17 2014

This month marks three years since the passing of my good friend, activist and valuable anti-corporate crusader Richard Grossman. What made his work unique was his research and critical [...]

By |November 19th, 2014|Social Ecology Blog|0 Comments|

Kurdish teach-in in NYC: Livestream Tues. 11/18

On Tuesday evening, November 18th, at the City University of New York (160 Convent Avenue in Manhattan, 5-7 pm), will be a panel titled “Kobanê & the Rojava Revolution,” featuring David Phillips, Salih Muslim, Nazan Üstündağ and Mutlu Çiviroğlu.  The event will be livestreamed at http://www.kurdslist.org/kobane_and_the_rojava_revolution_live.

The announcement for this [...]

By |November 18th, 2014|Social Ecology Blog|0 Comments|

Limits to Growth: Are we there yet?

From ISE Associate Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero:

In the last few weeks a public debate has flared up between Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman and environmentalist Richard Heinberg, senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute. Heinberg insists that reverting global warming and overall environmental degradation is impossible without stopping economic growth. Krugman [...]

By |November 14th, 2014|Social Ecology Blog|2 Comments|

Dan Chodorkoff appeals to architects in Denmark (Video)

In September Dan Chodorkoff keynoted a conference on Education for Sustainability at the Aarhus School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark.  He was the only non-architect on the program. Here is a recording of his presentation, Sustainability, Education, and Utopia, accompanied, in part, by a slide show. Dan begins speaking [...]