Autonomy: The Legacy of Ideal

Written by Nikos Vrantsis. What follows is a review of Yavor Tarinski’s book Short Introduction of the Political Legacy of Castoriadis (Athens: Aftoleksi, 2020). Cornelius Castoriadis is considered one of the crucial voices of the twentieth century. However, the academic community surrounds his work, with the kind of respect reserved for thinkers considered obsolete: displayed […]

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On why nuclear energy is incompatible with direct democracy

Written by Yavor Tarinski The assumption that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking.[1] Murray Bookchin The question of energy is of crucial importance when we discuss the future of our cities. Our contemporary heavily urbanized societies consume huge amounts of energy, which is being derived through environmentally […]

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Basic Standards for Organizing Citizens’ Assemblies

Written by Marcin Gerwin   1.Random selection of participants All members of a citizens’ assembly are selected by lot. Ideally, every member of the population eligible to take part in a citizens’ assembly should be able to potentially receive invitation to participate. 2.Demographic representation The composition of a citizens’ assembly should broadly match the demographic […]

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December 13, 2018

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Citizens’ Assemblies: Democracy that Works

Written by Marcin Gerwin. The following post is Chapter 1 of his new publication Citizen Assemblies: Guide to Democracy that Works. Imagine a group of people of different ages who meet in order to settle some matter important for a city, a country or for the European Union. This group was not selected through elections […]

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Preventing Ecological Catastrophe Means Abolishing Hierarchy and Domination

Written by Yavor Tarinski / Image source: conservationmagazine.org   The notion that man must dominate nature emerges directly from the domination of man by man[1] Murray Bookchin   Nowadays the need to act against the ongoing environmental degradation seems more than evident. From marginal activist groups to governments of the strongest countries on the planet, […]

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Direct Democracy, Social Ecology and Public Time

Written by Alexandros Schismenos   One could argue that since the dawn of modernity, humanity is in a situation of constant crisis. Today, however, we find ourselves amidst a nexus of crises, economic crisis, political crisis, ecological and anthropological crisis, while the human environments’ very existence is threatened.   The privatization of public space, under […]

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