Category: Reimagining Society

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Stephanie Mcmillan: At War Against Omnicide

        [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] Life on Earth is in grave danger. The dominant economic system is annihilating everything in its path. Global industrial capitalism is not just a bad lifestyle choice; it’s a mega-machine with one objective: to extract wealth from the Earth and the labor of the poor, Read more…

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: A Co-operative Web Portal

        [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] As we build our social movements and fight to reform and even replace oppressive structures with new ones, we should not neglect the task of developing and debating, beyond vague ideals, what the new basic social structures in our envisioned society will look like. This Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Parpolity and Indirect Elections

    [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]   What sorts of decision-making institutions and practices would be appropriate for a good society?   In several essays,[1] I have argued that that the main traditional answers to this question are seriously deficient in one respect or another, and that we need an Read more…

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Justin Podur: Polyculturalism and Self-determination

        [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]   The present essay reviews in summary form the key ideas for "cultural liberation" and then discusses the consequences of these ideas for the concept of self-determination, specifically national self-determination, in our world and in a good society. Review of polyculturalism In previous work I Read more…

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: The Role of the Revolutionary Lawyer

        [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] At a recent talk one of the participants in a lecture about the Venezuelan Justice System asked if it was necessary to be a lawyer to act on behalf of justice in any inter personal conflict. My answer was negative. It is not indispensable for Read more…

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Don Fitz: We Can Produce Less and Consume More

        [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]   A major gulf between environmental and social justice activists is “stuff.”  Environmentalists (or at least serious ones) say “less.”  Social justice organizers have the habit of saying “more.”   This divisive question cuts to the edge of the sort of society we want to Read more…

Gar Lipow: When money talks, it sometimes lies.

[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]   Markets in everything creep not just into our lives, but into our thoughts. Most environmentalists worried about the climate crisis focus on winning a cap-and-trade system or at best a carbon tax. They prioritize pricing greenhouse gas emissions. When we buy a kWh of coal Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Reimagining Postneoliberalism

        [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] EXPLANATORY NOTE: Some of these ideas were debated at the Gyeongsang University Institute for Social Studies (supported by the Korea Research Foundation’s grant KRF-2005-005-J00201). Thanks are also due to numerous collaborators in other institutions and justice movements, especially Dennis Brutus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Read more…

Andreas Wittel: Creating Common grounds

        [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] This is a planet under severe construction, surely with no end of history. State socialism has failed two decades ago. Now neo-liberalism and the belief in unregulated markets have failed in a similar devastating way. The crisis of capitalism on a global scale opens up Read more…

Michael M'Gehee: On The Reimagining Society Project

  The Reimagining Society Project is an attempt to take a pause, reflect on the status of our many societies and to imagine how they can be improved. Critics of the radical left often say we are out of touch with reality or that we offer no solutions. The claim couldn’t be further from the truth. Read more…

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