Asking questions with the Zapatistas: Reflections from Greece on our Civilizational Impasse

Title: Asking questions with the Zapatistas. Reflections from Greece on our Civilizational Impasse

Authors: Theodoros Karyotis, Ioanna-Maria Maravelidi, Yavor Tarinski

Editor: Matthew Little

Cover: Apollon Petropoulos

Design: George Chelebiev

Publisher: Transnational Institute of Social Ecology

Year: 2022

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Democracy and Ecology as Forces of Change: Interview With Yavor Tarinski

Interview with author and activist Yavor Tarinski, whose latest book “Concepts for a Democratic and Ecological Society” (Zer0 books, 2022) has just came out. He participates in social movements around the Balkans, as well as in transnational organizations, dedicated to the production of grassroots knowledge. Among his previous works are “Common Futures: Social Transformation and Political Ecology” [co-authored with Alexandros Schismenos] (Black Rose Books, 2021) and “Direct Democracy: Context, Society, Individuality” (Durty Books, 2019). Questions: J.H. Kagi.

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Imagining Democratic and Ecological Society: An interview with Yavor Tarinski

An interview with author and activist Yavor Tarinsi on the occasion of the publication of his latest book “Concepts for a Democratic and Ecological Society” (Zer0 Books, 2022). Tarinski is an Athens-based independent researcher, activist and author. He participates in social movements around the Balkans, as well as in transnational organizations, dedicated to the production of grassroots knowledge. He is a member of the administrative board of the Transnational Institute of Social Ecology, the editorial board of the Greek digital journal & publications Aftoleksi, and is a bibliographer at Agora International. Among his works are “Common Futures: Social Transformation and Political Ecology” [co-authored with Alexandros Schismenos] (Black Rose Books, 2021) and “Direct Democracy: Context, Society, Individuality” (Durty Books, 2019). The questions for this interview were prepared by Not White.

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The Federalist Principle in Castoriadis’ Project of Direct Democracy

By Yavor Tarinski

A much more humane society is possible and desirable.

~Cornelius Castoriadis[1]

The philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis insisted that what he envisioned as project of autonomy- the project of a society in which all citizens have an equal, effectively actual possibility of participating in the institution of society – is far from a utopian vision. On the contrary, he was convinced that it is possible and its realization depends only upon the lucid activity of individuals and peoples, upon their understanding, their will, their imagination.[2]

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Interview with Yavor Tarinski about direct democracy, ecology, and self-determination

Dr. Jeff Miley of Peace in Kurdistan interviews Yavor Tarinski about the relationship between direct democracy and social ecology, and about the question of self-determination in the 21st century.

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Why Citizens and not Workers

by Yavor Tarinski

When in countries that are called civilized, we see age going to the workhouse
and youth to the gallows, something must be wrong in the system of government
.

~ Thomas Paine [1]

For too long now many have been viewing social emancipation through an overtly economistic lens. This is evident from the persistence of some on insisting that class analysis is central to social change: exploring which economic class is most prone to revolt against its oppressors, trying to mobilise along class line, etc.

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