Category: Intro Parsoc

Fabio Sallustro: Translation of Fanfare – Italy

Dear friends,, an Italian IOPS collective primarily focusing on translating into Italian texts published by Znet/Zcommunications , has started the translation into Italian of volume 1, Occupy – Theory, of the Trilogy Fanfare for the Future. The project is approved by the authors, Michael Albert and Mandisi Majavu and will materialize in the publication Read more…

Joe H: AV in the UK

Debating the Alernative Vote System naturally brings up wider questions about democracy.  Rather than get into technical apsects of AV versus other systems, it's worth addressing some elephants in the room.  Even a quick look at the surrounding issues gives evidence that democracy is in a much worse state than mainsteam discourse would have us believe — even though most people have a starightforward understanding Read more…

Chris Spannos: USSF/WSF Declarations

[Paper presented as the basis for dialogue at the James & Grace Lee Boggs Center for Community Leadership, Detroit, MI., August 26th 2010, and put on by the Organization for a Free Society.]     Two months ago Detroit hosted the 2010 U.S. Social Forum (USSF). As time passes we have been able to reflect Read more…

Kevin Young: Review of Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

  Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster (New York: Viking, 2009) Murder, rape, looting, cutthroat competition, and above all, "panic": such are the responses typically attributed to the public in the aftermath of earthquakes, floods, fires, and other disasters. The assumption that an unrestrained public will erupt Read more…

Joseph Sweetman: Introduction to Project for a Participatory Society UK

An introduction to Project for a Participatory Society UK and Liberating Theory. The talk was given at the Anarchist Bookfair, London (2008)

Chris Spannos: Real Utopia: Participatory Society 1

As part of the opening session of the Z Education Online courses I’m facilitating the course "Participatory Society 1" which is based on a book I’ve recently edited for AK Press Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century. We’re now in the middle of week 5 of the 10 week course program, and for 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…

Michael Albert: Parecon and Art

  Excerpted from the Zed Book – Realizing Hope     One could easily anticipate that people who own factories and have great wealth would have a negative initial–and perhaps long term–reaction to the classlessness of participatory economics. Factory owners have, after all, benefited from capitalism’s most aggressive inequalities and come to feel that they Read more…

John Cronan Jr: Building a Liberatory Labor Movement

  In the United States, we can see the roots of an emerging militant labor movement. Though in its infancy, rank-and-file initiatives are becoming more common as traditional Labor continues to fail us. A militant labor movement will be comprised of (or at least should be) self-managed workers’ organizations; subsequently, labor activists focus on organizing Read more…

Ed Whitfield: A Different View on School Desegregation

The initial reaction in most liberal circles about the recent Supreme Court decision on so-called voluntary desegregation plans does not surprise me. The prevailing view is that it represents another setback to progress from a reactionary court. What you will not hear much of is the reaction from grassroots black communities, black youth or from Read more…

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