Category: Defending Parsoc

Chris Spannos: Straw Man Crawling: A Response to John Madziarczyk’s Comments on Real Utopia

Today I discovered this blog post about the book I’ve edited that has recently come out, Real Utopia, which is an odd blog post, considering the blogger has many negative opinions and judgments about the book, and what could possibly be inside it, despite it seems the blogger never actually read the book. Although he Read more…

Mitchell S: Celebrate “Real Utopia” at Chicago’s Book Cellar: September 1, 2pm

What: A celebration of the publication of "Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century"   When: Monday, September 1st, starting at 2pm.   Where: The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago (about a block from the Western station on the CTA Brown Line, near the intersection of Western and Lawrence).   Members of Read more…

Chris Spannos: What is Real Utopia?

Title: Real Utopia:  Participatory Society for the 21st  Century Edition: Paper Back ISBN: 9781904859789 Publisher/Buy: AK Press UTOPIAS HAVE A LONG, mixed history in Left movements. Sometimes they have propelled our imagination  toward what better worlds might look like. Other times they have trumpeted heaven on earth, a world for angels rather than mortals, a Read more…

Chris Spannos: Anarchy & Participatory Society

[This commentary is based on a talk given for the opening panel of the 2007 Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference, Nov. 2-4.] "It is often said that anarchists live in a world of dreams to come and do not see the things which happen today. We see them only too well and in their true Read more…

Munir Chalabi: What is holding up the delivery of the long-awaited Iraqi oil law?

As deadline after deadline and benchmark after benchmark passes and with all the pressure imposed by the IMF, the US Administration, the US oil lobby and International Oil Companies (IOCs) on the Iraqi government, the oil law, against all the odds, refuses to be born.   Despite all the attempts by the Occupation’s Governing Council Read more…

Justin Podur: Fumigation and worse in Colombia

Podur "Who in the US benefits from fumigating Colombians?" the man asked me pointedly in the crowded community hall. The community was in a paramilitary-controlled part of Putumayo. Putumayo is a southern department of Colombia where the guerrilla insurgency is strong, where much coca is grown, where paramilitary massacres, disappearances, and assassinations are frequent, and Read more…

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