Category: Reimagining Society

Michael Tanzer: Reducing CO2 Emissions

       [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] In the 19th century Marx eschewed "utopia socialist" visions of an ideal society, arguing essentially that we could not know what it will look like until after the revolution which would make it possible. But, in the 21st century, due to the ecological crisis, Read more…

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Michael Albert: Imagine and then Act

        [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] Introduction Imagine twenty tentative claims about vision and strategy for a participatory society. Imagine each tentative claim is massaged and refined, altered or augmented, made more eloquent, compelling, and clear, or even replaced in full, until the remaining list is valid and important enough that Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Imagining Intimacy, Family, and Sex in a Better World

        [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] Being active in the anti-war movement, supporting eviction blockades in my city, working with youth who are surviving oppressive schools and violence on the streets, I often wonder how I can justify taking the time to imagine what sex, family, gender, and caregiving might be Read more…

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Barbara Epstein: Why the US Left is Weak – and What to Do About It*

                [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] The topic of my essay is the current weakness of the US left, by which I mean those of us who want a democratic and egalitarian society, a demilitarized world, and a respectful relationship between humans, other creatures, and the natural environment, those of Read more…

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Nadine Bloch: It’s All About Energy…

        [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications…] When i imagine society for my daughter, because that is my frame of view as a mom to a curious and energetic 9 year old, i tend to fall off the fence in one of two ways…On a gray day, one where my energy is Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Imperialism and Islamism: a View from the Left

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] t is both healthy and necessary for the Left to keep seeking new utopias and to re-imagine the outlines of a future classless society. But to pretend away the ugliness of the real world – or to think that all conflict today is class conflict – Read more…

Daniel Keshet: Agile Activism

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]   Reimagining Strategy and Vision   Recently, I have been introduced to an organizational style for developing software called Agile Programming. I believe many of the principles from Agile Programming translate well to activism. Below, I lay out the case for why meta-thinking about strategy is Read more…

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Paul Street: Re-Imagining and Recovering Revolutionary Socialism

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]   Why re-imagine socialism? I can think of five reasons.         "Socialism or Barbarism If We’re Lucky"         First, because Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, and Rosa Luxembourg were right: humanity either transcends capitalist class rule by constructing a new genuinely social order based on democratic principles Read more…

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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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