Autonomy and Social Ecology: contrasting the visions of Cornelius Castoriadis and Murray Bookchin

In this episode of the podcast “Castoriadis and Autonomy in the 21st Century” author Yavor Tarinski joins the hosts to discuss the projects of Autonomy and Social Ecology, contrasting the visions of Cornelius Castoriadis and Murray Bookchin.

Castoriadis and the Political Question Today

Political activist Yavor Tarinski, author of “Short Introduction to the Political Legacy of Castoriadis” (Aftoleksi, 2020) answers to questions posed by the Greek political journal Aftoleksi on the topicality of Castoriadis’ thought today, during a public event.

What are the perspectives for the project of autonomy that Castoriadis’ thought offer?

Yavor Tarinski: Castoriadis offers an inclusive and holistic understanding of autonomy. He advocates for something quite different from what other autonomists support. Castoriadis challenges narrower understandings of autonomy:

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Political Organizing in the 21st Century

By Yavor Tarinski

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« Concern with the problem of organization has meaning only for people convinced that they can and must struggle together (hence, by organizing) and who do not, from the very beginning, assume their own defeat is inevitable. »

Cornelius Castoriadis Continue reading “Political Organizing in the 21st Century”

Nation-State, Nationalism and the Need for Roots

By Yavor Tarinski

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André_Devambez – La Barricade ou l’Attente 1911

The State is a cold concern which cannot inspire love, but itself kills, suppresses everything that might be loved; so one is forced to love it, because there is nothing else. That is the moral torment to which all of us today are exposed.

Simone Weil[1] Continue reading “Nation-State, Nationalism and the Need for Roots”

Climate Change and the Need for a New Paradigm

By Yavor Tarinski

World_Climate_Refugee_Camp_in_HannoverDespite many international meetings, dealing with every subject from biodiversity to climate change, the national political elites have found it impossible to come to meaningful agreements to deal with the environmental crisis. […] There is no avoiding imagining new and different scenarios than the status quo. Surely another world is possible.
– Dimitrios Roussopoulos[1] Continue reading “Climate Change and the Need for a New Paradigm”

Pirates and Hobos: Radical Politics on the Margins of Society

By Yavor Tarinski

hobos-pirates-2-babyloniaThough you are a sneaking puppy, and so are all those who will submit to be governed by laws which rich men have made for their own security; for the cowardly whelps have not the courage otherwise to defend what they get by knavery; but damn ye altogether: damn them for a pack of crafty rascals, and you, who serve them, for a parcel of hen-hearted numbskulls.

Captain Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy[1]

Long-haired preachers come out every night, Try to tell you what’s wrong and what’s right; But when asked how ’bout something to eat they will answer with voices so sweet: You will eat, bye and bye, in that glorious land above the sky; Work and pray, live on hay, you’ll get pie in the sky when you die.

Joe Hill[2]

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The Project of Autonomy in the 21st Century

By Yavor Tarinski

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During the fifth edition of the international anti-authoritarian festival ‘B-Fest’ (2016) was held a panel, entitled ‘The Project of Autonomy in the 21st Century’. Speakers were David Ames Curtis, Alexandros Sxismenos and Yavor Tarinski. Here is transcribed version of Tarinski’s speech.

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Towards Autonomy: The Social Experiment in Rojava

By Yavor Tarinski and Michalis Koulouthros 

The autonomous region of Rojava, as it exists today, is one of few bright spots – albeit a very bright one – to emerge from the tragedy of the Syrian revolution.

David Graeber[1] 

rojavaIn the last decades the Kurdish struggle for freedom was not only a firm voice of resistance against the dominant social and political order, but also managed to formulate and initiate practical steps towards the realization of a liberated society. After many years of oppression, the Kurdish forces began to regroup, forming armed units of self-defense. During the period in which the leftist Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) was quickly turning into a regional political power, a new antagonistic example appeared in the midst of the Kurdish liberation movement, based on the values of democratic confederalism and autonomy. Continue reading “Towards Autonomy: The Social Experiment in Rojava”