Et politisk manifest

By Andrew P. Kroglund

DIREKTE DEMOKRATI / Vi trenger et nytt samfunnssystem med allmenninger og nedvekst. Og det er mulig å få til det. Vi har nok erfaring og kunnskap fra tidligere tider. Det er bare å sette i gang, skriver Yavor Tarinski i en fersk debattbok.

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BOOKBUSTER REVIEW – Concepts for a Democratic and Ecological Society

by Tim Barton

We live in a culture defined by hierarchy, and by the domination of ‘man’ by ‘man’; of one class by another; by beliefs in inherent superiority of this tribe by that, that race by this, of woman by man… of ‘nature’ by ‘man’, as if we were separable. At times, to those embedded in this machine, it can be difficult to conceive alternatives. Such assumptions are taken as a given, as our ‘nature’. The machine grinds on, with massive inertia: the strange beast slouching towards a cliff edge has various names, for it is a many-headed hydra, yet its dominant driver today is a rapacious and virulent cancer we call ‘capitalism’.

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Concepts for a Democratic and Ecological Society – Book Review

By Brian Tokar

In his past writings, the Bulgarian social activist and political researcher Yavor Tarinski has demonstrated a singular talent for explaining concepts in political and social theory in an engaging and highly accessible manner. Now he has put forward a compelling manifesto for radically transforming society toward a non-statist model of ecological direct democracy.

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Common Futures: Social Transformation and Political Ecology – Book Review

 by Dimitrios Roussopoulos

Man is by nature a political animal.
Aristotle, Politics, Book i, 2

If Liberty and Equality, as is thought, by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will best be attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.
Aristotle, Politics, Book iv, 4

TWO EXCEPTIONAL young public intellectuals and activists, Yavor Tarinski and Alexandros Schismenos, invite us to consider their analyses and insights into our present circumstances and potential options for our common futures. Their contributions are well worth taking very seriously indeed.

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Book Review of “Enlightenment and Ecology: The Legacy of Murray Bookchin in the 21st Century”

by Elvira Wepfer

Murray Bookchin’s (1921-2006) anti-capitalist thinking combined community, direct democracy and ecology into a radical political theory he called social ecology. Throughout the 20th century it stood alongside growing arguments for eco-social change and influenced leftist discourses on citizenship, domination and freedom. In the new millennium, it has formed the basis of the Kurdish feminist-ecological revolution in Rojava and thus been implemented for the first time in practice. The edited volume “Enlightenment and Ecology. The Legacy of Murray Bookchin in the 21st Century” (Black Rose Books, 2021) celebrates Bookchin’s legacy and considers the lived experiences of social ecology. The anthology is a heart-felt endeavour to point out the urgency, potential and possibility for social change that grounds in the collaborative world-making of ecosystems to create free democratic societies that gain their resilience through a unity in diversity. The activists, thinkers and scholars writing place their contributions in political and economic theory, in decades of social engagement and in co-creation and observation of real-life movements. The outcome is a multifaceted anthology whose engaged voices paint a vivid, dialectical picture of the challenges and hopes of creating practice out of theory.

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Book review: “Enlightenment and Ecology: The Legacy of Murray Bookchin in the 21st Century”

by Rafa Grinfeld

It is not an easy task to compile a book in such rapidly changing times. The editor of the collection, Yavor Tarinski, writes: “It took us over a year to prepare—a period in which we faced many difficulties.” Indeed, we are living very troubled times, considering, for instance, the questionable ways different governments act in times of COVID-19 and the institutional racism that has sparked in the context of many protests in the US but also in other countries. According to Tarinski, “It is in such difficult times that you have the time to reflect on the ills of the current state of our societies and see that things can’t return to the way they used to be. Something must radically change.”

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