Social Ecology Blog

Tikkun Magazine symposium: Does America Need a Left?

This special feature in Tikkun’s Spring 2014 issue contains many prominent voices, including three people with long histories with the Institute for Social Ecology: Chaia Heller, Blair Taylor and Janet Biehl.  They join other well-known writers, including Barbara Ehrenreich, Stanley Aronowitz and Michael Lerner, in addressing this important question. [...]

New book: Between Occultism and Nazism

From long-time ISE faculty member, Peter Staudenmeier, now a professor at Marquette University:

Between Occultism and Nazism:
Anthroposophy and the Politics of Race in the Fascist Era

The relationship between Nazism and occultism has been an object of fascination and speculation for decades. Peter Staudenmaier’s Between Occultism and Nazism provides a [...]

Bookchin pages on

A colleague at the University of Vermont has drawn our attention to a series of about 20 posts on of articles, pamphlets, book excerpts, and commentaries by and about Murray Bookchin.  It includes some fairly rare materials, and is definitely worth a look.  See

New social ecology book from Barcelona

We have received an email informing us of a new book in Spanish, titled Bookchin y la Ecología Social, published by Libélula Verde in Barcelona.  Their description, roughly translated says:
The publication brings us Social Ecology, from the hand of the US thinker, Murray Bookchin. Given the many challenges [...]

Peter Staudenmeier: What is Capitalism?

From long-time ISE faculty member, Peter Staudenmeier, written for the Lexicon pamphlet series sponsored by the Institute for Anarchist Studies:
In ancient myths of paradise, people lived in boundless plenty without work or want. The fruits of the earth were freely available to all and no labor was necessary. [...]

On Wall St. and Organizing Nature

A provocative interview published in 2011 in the Toronto-based journal Upping the Anti offers a fresh outlook on key questions of society and nature, and offers important resonances with Murray Bookchin’s writings. The piece addresses how societies define ecological relationships, and touches on issues of technology, productivity, commodification, and [...]

Brian Tokar: Myths of Green Capitalism

An article from the Winter 2014 issue of the journal New Politics, based on a presentation at the 2013 Left Forum in New York City. Tokar examines the political and ideological origins of “market-oriented” approaches that aim to substitute permit-trading regimes for environmental regulation:
The theoretical origins of carbon trading [...]

By |February 27th, 2014|Social Ecology Blog|1 Comment|

Direct democracy in Ukraine?

From a recent blog post by our colleague Adrian Ivakhiv, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Vermont. His blog on the ongoing events in Ukraine is called UKR-TAZ: A Ukrainian Temporary Autonomous Zone: Analyzing the Maidan & Its Aftermath:
[T]he Maidan [Arabic for a public square] [...]

By |February 24th, 2014|Social Ecology Blog|3 Comments|

Brian Tokar on Dave Van Ronk vs. “Llewyn Davis”

For a change of pace from our usual entries, here’s a commentary just posted on Counterpunch by Brian Tokar. The original title was “Dave Van Ronk’s story is much better than Llewyn Davis’ – and a lot more fun,” and Counterpunch shortened it to “The Real Van Ronk.” Tokar [...]

New international handbook of the climate change movement

Several contributions by ISE faculty member Brian Tokar are featured in the brand new Routledge Handbook of the Climate Change Movement. Tokar’s chapters include an in-depth review of the emergence of climate justice as a movement-building paradigm, along with several organizational profiles.

Edited by 2 professors from the University of [...]

By |February 6th, 2014|Social Ecology Blog|1 Comment|