Category: Alternatives to Political Systems

Surveying Commons Activism on the International Stage

The following is an adaptation of my notes for my talk at the Occupy Wall Street “Making Worlds” conference on February 16-18, 2012. I am so pleased that the Occupy and Commons movements are finding each other and starting a new conversation. Occupy is an incredible force for change. It has a bracing vision, a deeply principled philosophy, and an independent, risk-taking spirit that is unusual in American political life. […]

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Update on Sociocracy Workshop, Brisbane (March 2012)

What: Sociocracy Workshop When: March 16-17, with an additional, optional Advanced Training day on March 19 (1.1mb PDF flyer) Where: Synapse Conference Room, Level 1, 262 Montague Rd., West End, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia This is an update on a previous advert for the Sococracy workshop we ran on this site recently. Due to popular demand, and a bit of last minute finessing, we’ve managed to reduce the cost of the […]

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A Manifesto for Psychopaths

Ayn Rand’s ideas have become the Marxism of the new right. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. It has a fair claim to be the ugliest philosophy the post-war world has produced. Selfishness, it contends, is good, altruism evil, empathy and compassion are irrational and destructive. The poor deserve to die; the rich deserve unmediated power. It has already been tested, and has […]

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The Fight of the Century

As economies contract, a global popular uprising confronts power elites over access to the essentials of human existence. What are the underlying dynamics of the conflict, and how is it likely to play out? by Richard Heinberg (Article originally published on 1. Prologue As the world economy crashes against debt and resource limits, more and more countries are responding by attempting to salvage what are actually their most expendable […]

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Global Economy Expanded More Slowly than Expected in 2011

by Brigid Fitzgerald Reading, Earth Policy Institute The global economy grew 3.8 percent in 2011, a drop from 5.2 percent in 2010. Economists had anticipated a slowdown, but this was even less growth than expected, thanks to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, unrest in oil-producing countries, the debt crisis in Europe, and a stagnating recovery in the United States. As richer economies struggle to recover from the financial crisis […]

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ReOccupy Portugal

I have seen a possibility and a lot of factors that are working in favor of this possibility, so it has motivated me to start working on my idea. It’s about collaboratively re-occupying and regenerating abandoned rural land, starting here, where I am in Portugal. Since I know of no other cases of this here in Portugal I will be starting with my own land as a lead case study, […]

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To Everyone Feeling Screwed Over by the Economy

Editor’s Note: If you enjoy the article below, and you missed Kyle’s past 3-part series, amongst others, be sure to check them out! (Part I, Part II, and Part III.) To everyone feeling screwed over by the economy, We are told that our problem is that there aren’t enough jobs. This message is everywhere. The media gauges our plight with regularly updated unemployment statistics. Politicians debate theatrically over who can […]

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Peer-to-Peer Themes and Urban Priorities for the Self-organizing Society

by Nikos A. Salingaros, The University of Texas at San Antonio Abstract This essay presents desirable social functioning as basically a matter of free individual decision. I discuss two basic polarities: Left versus Right, and P2P (Peer-to-Peer) versus Global-mass-society. Each polarity takes certain distinctions and concerns as key to understanding political life. A self-organizing P2P society is driven by individuality, publicly-shared patterns, and common culture based on shared loves; whereas […]

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Divine Injustice

Drone warfare can be used to thwart democratic movements, anywhere. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The ancient Greeks, unlike the Jews or the Christians, invested their gods with human failings. Divine judgement, they believed, was neither flawless nor dispassionate; it was warped by lust, vengeance and self-interest. In the hands of Zeus, the thunderbolt was both an instrument of justice and a […]

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Community Design Template for 25-500 Families

Introduction Back in 2008 I spent 6 weeks in Venezuela. I have a Venezuelan friend who believes as I do that permaculture could and should be a driving force for positive change. We both also believe that the Bolivarian Revolution, championed most famously by the charismatic and controversially colourful personality of Hugo Chavez, despite many serious ‘growing pains’, provides the most pragmatic model for the social transformation of humanity towards […]

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Permaculture and Wall Street — We Must Tackle the Runaway Fiscal Economy Head On, “We Must Face Up and Fight”

I admire the efforts of the permaculturists at the Occupy Wall Street camp, and I think, judging by his statement way back in 1983 (see below), that Bill would admire them also.

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