Category: Reimagining Society

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Trevor Ngwane: Things Have To Change

           [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] Everyday working class life is a life of pain. It is a life in which no ordinary person is free of oppression and exploitation. If you do not have a job, you are a victim. If you have a job, you are the victim of Read more…

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John Cronan Jr: Economic Democracy and Environmental Justice

           [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] We are in the middle of both economic and environmental crises. As we look for solutions, the two cannot be separated—matters of the economy are entwined with the environment and vice versa. Our profit-driven market economy ensures that only a tiny minority of people decide Read more…

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Mitchell S: The Montesi Maneuver Extended

           [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] You could select any topic that subsumes anything that might be called "left activism" — the environment, war and militarism, labor rights, energy, education, media, electoral politics, food and drink, banking and finance, just to name a few broad topics. Chances are very good that Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: WOVOKIA

          [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] Jack Wilson, a reporter for the Scottish edition of the Daily Telegraph, uncovered opinion polls that found 60% of US citizens (40% of Canadians) did not know that Wovokia was an independent country or that the US and Canada had made traveling to Wovokia illegal. Read more…

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Milan Rai: Thinking Strategically: Bigger Cages For Stronger Movements

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]    Teaching a course on strategy to a group of 12-year-olds was very helpful. Perhaps teaching any topic to 12-year-olds is helpful to a ‘teacher’ trying to get to grips with what it is being taught. Among other things, I gradually realized that there are two Read more…

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Ted Glick: If You Want a Revolution, Start With a Clean Energy One

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]    It was about five years ago. I was talking with a radical friend about my then-recent personal decision to prioritize work on the climate crisis. I had done so after the European heat wave in the summer of 2003 that led to 30,000 or more Read more…

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Ezequiel Adamovsky: Autonomous Politics and its Problems

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications. This paper was originally prepared for the June 1 – 7 2006 first Z Sessions on Vision and Strategy, held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and also published in the book Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century.]     Part One: Two Hypotheses on a Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Notes on Anarchism

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications / originally  published in For Reasons of State (1973)] A French writer, sympathetic to anarchism, wrote in the 1890s that "anarchism has a broad back, like paper it endures anything" — including, he noted those whose acts are such that "a mortal enemy of anarchism could Read more…

: What’s a Socialist to Do?

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]    Ehrenreich & Fletcher tell socialists to go and organize. "We have to build organizations, including explicitly socialist ones, that can mobilize this talent, develop leadership and advance local struggles."[1] Generations of eloquent and courageous men and women have followed that advice and we have very little Read more…

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Marcus Hil: Briefly Addressing Anti-Civilization Theory:

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]    I would like to briefly address the anti-civilization issue that has been marginalized (both externally and internally imposed) within parts of the radical environmental Left. There is a good deal of vagueness in the theory, but to keep things brief and a simple as possible, Read more…

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