Z SESSIONS ON VISION & STRATEGY 4: Participatory Politics & Constitutional Insurgency

This is DVD Number 4 from the Z Sessions On Vision & Strategy held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in June 2006.

In Part 1, Stephen R. Shalom critiques various left options for decision-making institutions in a good society. He covers Leninism, representative democracy, referendum democracy, and autonomous communities. Finally, he argues for a type of direct democracy with a system of nested councils linked to each other. Jeremy Brecher argues for an activism that includes subverting sovereign states through the use of constitutional insurgency. He describes some examples of successful actions (war crimes tribunals, civil rights movements) to change repressive international law. Presentations are 60 minutes and 40 minutes respectively; an introduction is also included.

At the June 2006 Z Sessions On Vision & Strategy, 31 activists, writers, and teachers from the U.S., Canada, France, the UK, and South America gathered in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Various participants presented papers on economics, gender, politics, race and ethnicity throughout the seven-day event. The goal was to explore ideas about long-term vision and to consider forming an international project for a participatory society.

Copies of the papers associated with these video presentations can be found at Z Sessions; information on the group IPPS, which formed from these sessions, is available at International Project for a Participatory Society.

90 minutes.

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