Category: Reimagining Society

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Justin Geo: Socialist Vision beyond the Nation-State

  [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]     "There was a wall…an idea of boundary…Like all walls it was ambiguous, two-faced. What was inside it and what was outside it depended upon which side of it you were on."   Ursula LeGuin- The Dispossessed     As we imagine a different Read more…

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Tom Wetzel: From Self-managed Solidarity Unionism to a Self-managed Society

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]   When Marx drew up a draft set of principles for the first International Working Men’s Association (the "First International")  in the 1860s, he began with the statement:   "The emancipation of the working class must be the work of the workers themselves."   Capitalism is Read more…

Tony Christini: Assembling the Future

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]   Nothing bests great vision and nothing accounts for great planning like the thing materialized.   What if you could see a progressive or revolutionary left world every day? What if you were in it? What if you could go there with friends, family, acquaintances, even Read more…

Michael M'Gehee: Bringing La Otra Campana to the Empire

  [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]     I realize we were asked to have our essays between 3,000 – 5,000 words and that "The Reimagining Society Project is entirely about positively and innovatively proposing vision and strategy for the future." But this essay will be considerably shorter and focused on one Read more…

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Joseph Sweetman: Psychology for a Participatory Society: Revisiting Some Early Questions

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] What is psychology? What does psychological science have to offer those concerned with participatory society and progressive social change?  These are some of the questions that would occasionally pop into my somewhat bored mind as I sat at the back of my undergrad psychology class.  These Read more…

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Mandisi Majavu: Overcoming some of the suicidal tendencies of the left

Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications…   Malcolm X (1968) once argued that white activists who join black movements which fight against the oppression and dehumanisation of blacks are taking an escapist route to salve their guilty consciences. He opined that white activists would be more useful, and their involvement in the Read more…

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Mark Evans: Popular Vision and Vanguardism

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications…] The current economic crisis has dealt a powerful blow to Milton Friedman’s socio-economic vision and the dogma, propounded by followers of the Chicago School movement – there is no alternative – that has helped maintain it. [1]  As a result people everywhere are more open to Read more…

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David Graeber: Hope in Common

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications…] We seem to have reached an impasse. Capitalism as we know it appears to be coming apart. But as financial institutions stagger and crumble, there is no obvious alternative. Organized resistance appears scattered and incoherent; the global justice movement a shadow of its former self. There Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Going for Broke

Yes, Stanley McChrystal is the general from the dark side (and proud of it). So the recent sacking of Afghan commander General David McKiernan after less than a year in the field and McChrystal’s appointment as the man to run the Afghan War seems to signal that the Obama administration is going for broke. It’s Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Overcoming Blind Spots In Left Vision: Participatory Planning

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications…] Introduction   What can those who want to replace the economics of competition and greed with the economics of equitable cooperation in the twenty-first century learn from those who struggled to build socialist economies in the twentieth century? I think we should embrace our forebears’ goals Read more…

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