Global tapestry of alternatives. An initiative seeking to create solidarity networks and strategic alliances amongst radical alternatives to the dominant capitalist, patriarchal, racist, statist, and anthropocentric regime on local, regional and global levels. You will also find the usual range of themes, including radical municipalism, Indigenous resistance, alternative politics, farming, and the limits to extractivism. All crises, THE crisis the industrial agri-food system is central to all of them.
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Climate chaos is coming — and the Pinkertons are ready. Degrowth vs. Restoring forests rules out growing crops. Major victory for Indigenous rights. On April 26th , the Waorani people won a historic legal victory to protect , acres of their rainforest from oil extraction. The mass movement that toppled Omar al-Bashir. Women are leading the protests in Sudan.
What can we learn from it? And how can we build on its momentum? Extinction Rebellion: inside the new climate resistance. The lifelike DNA, structure and story of Extinction Rebellion can be used to revive socialist organisation. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response.
Western industrial farming is eating our forests and accelerating climate change. How robots became a scapegoat for the destruction of the working class. Between the devil and the Green New Deal. It begins with the land. The Green New Deal must have a zero waste policy. Could a Green New Deal make us happier people?
Organizing to win a Green New Deal. How to build the zero-carbon economy. The Green New Deal sets an ambitious goal. Political ecologies of waste: Salvaged livelihoods and infra-structural labour. No more Hoover dams: Hydropowered countries suffer higher levels of poverty, corruption and debt. The dirty truth about green batteries. Who owns the country? When the hero is the problem. Imagining social movements: from networks to dynamic systems. A case for small climate stories.
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The real estate sector is using algorithms to work out the best places to gentrify. Names and locations of the top people killing the planet. A collective hub in Ridgewood wants to realign your gaze away from the abyss.
These neighbors got together to buy vacant buildings. The anarchists who took the commuter train. How gentrification impacts community bonds. Barcelona and urban planning: the ultimate potential of superblocks. The Airbnb invasion of Barcelona. Why grocery co-ops build strong towns and how to start your own. Where it hits, gentrification hits hard. New Orleans gentrification tied to Hurricane Katrina. This is how borrowing things from our neighbors strengthens society. A comic. How to design our neighborhoods for happiness.
How to make friends, build a community, and create the life you want. The healing power of gardens. Patterns for cooperative networks and associations. Youths strike for climate change. A new social contract for the 21st century.
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Get up and get going: How to form a group. The MappingBack network. Mapping has long been used as a tool for colonial dispossession; MappingBack seeks to reverse this by using mapping as a tool to fight back. Using maps as a weapon to resist extractive industries on Indigenous territories. Learning: Exploring post-extractivism. Areas of the world where biodiversity collapse is being driven by US consumption patterns.
A guide to climate violence. What we dream about the future affects how we act today. If utopias express our desires, dystopias distill our fears. Utopias and dystopias are images we invoke to think and act in the present, producing futures that often look very different from either our dreams or our nightmares.
On the one hand, greens warn of a scary future of planetary disaster, and on the other, offer a peaceful dreamland where people bike to their artisanal work and live in picturesque houses with well manicured food gardens and small windmills. Nowhere to see is a realistic political plan on how we could ever escape from the current capitalist nightmare, and move to something remotely close to an egalitarian and ecological future.
But in the meantime, there has been a lot of new thought, under the labels of ecosocialism, degrowth, or environmental justice that cannot be caricatured and packaged in this simplistic mold. And yet this is what geographer Matt Huber does in a recent article published at the Socialist Forum, entitled Ecosocialism: Dystopian and Scientific.
Huber argues that there are two types of green socialism, one that is utopian and unscientific, and one that is realistic and scientific, his. Democratic socialism is a project in the making, and it is important to avoid tired dichotomies and divisions of the past, especially between green and not-so-green socialists. And here I disagree. What I want to argue is that, first, being utopian is not a problem as Huber makes it seem it is, and second, we are scientific, at least as scientific as Huber can claim his position is.
Dialectical utopias. By utopia, Huber, following Engels, understands a social arrangement that does not and cannot exist a place that has no place, a u- topos.
If such an arrangement cannot exist, then it is a waste and misdirection of our energies, Huber implies. David Harvey, who Huber certainly reads, wrote a wonderful book on cities and utopias almost 20 years ago Spaces of Hope. Harvey says we should oppose utopias that are meant as models or blueprints — not so much because they are unrealistic, but because the realization of a perfect ideal tolerates no objection and crushes everything that stands in its way.
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Ernst Bloch famously called utopias the education of desire. As Hug March and I argued , the future prefigured in the degrowth literature is indeed a dialectical utopia that wants to reshape desires. The hope was — and is — that this conflict would catalyze a new synthesis — maybe not the bio-region of low-tech eco-communes utopia that Huber sees in degrowth writings, but at least some unpredictable new future other than one which would look exactly like capitalism, only with the workers in command.
So far so good. I am a scientist too, and I think this vision is unrealistic. I explain why here or here in more detail. Not to mention how much the economy would slow down if we were to devote time to reach decisions on such matters truly democratically. Granted, I might be wrong, and Huber right. But who is to judge whose science about what is possible is right and whose is wrong? And what makes Huber so sure that he is right and scientific while others are not? Any science—scientific socialism including—is bound to be incomplete, uncertain and debatable.
There are different, contested views, of what is possible — crucially, these views cannot be separated easily from our desires about the future.
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