Tolerance, Progress, and the Legacy of the Enlightenment

Written by Atle Hesmyr. Originally published in Communalism, Issue #2 (2010). Looking back along the lines of European history, one may often come to pose the question whether the developments that have occurred involved a real and substantial progress for humanity. High cultures like ancient Athens, with their direct and participatory democracy and exquisite civic […]

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March 21, 2022

Institutionalizing the State of Exception: The İmralı Isolation Regime

Written by Faik Özgür Erol The Political Thought of the Imrali Prison Complex and the Öcalan Laws The attempt to understand the prison isolation of İmralı as a negative expression of a prohibition order does not do justice to the issue at hand. The weakness of this attempt lies in the desire to explain power […]

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February 17, 2022

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Cities: The Unfolding of Reason in History

Written by Murray Bookchin. Originally published as a chapter of the book “The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies & the Promise of Direct Democracy” (2015) Libertarian municipalism constitutes the politics of social ecology, a revolutionary effort in which freedom is given institutional form in public assemblies that become decision-making bodies. It depends upon libertarian leftists running […]

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Communıty of Squatted Prosfygıka – an autonomous neighborhood at the heart of Athens

The so called Prosfygika, located at the heart of the city of Athens, is a complex of buildings that was built in the mid-1930s to house refugees from Asia Minor. Since 2011 the area has been functioning as a self-organized urban community with the creation of Assembly of the Occupied Prosfygika, from which many grassroots […]

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December 20, 2021

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Rojava and Catalonia (Documentary)

In the summer of 2021, a group of Catalan activists and politicians visited the autonomous region of Northeastern Syria, also known as Rojava, with the aim of getting to understand better the democratic experiment in self-management that is currently taking place there. During their visit they visited many places, institutions and made important meetings. The […]

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November 27, 2021

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A Big Part of the Human Whole is Still Treated as Property: Femicides in Greece

by Nikos Vrantsis According to the European Institute for Gender Equality, femicide is recognized as ”the murder of women and girls because of their gender.” Gender based violence and murders are not new, but they remain undisclosed. Greece is no exception to that. According to Greek Police data, 69 women were murdered in the years […]

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October 29, 2021

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Time, Leisure, Work: De-bureaucratizing Everyday Life

By Yavor Tarinski We have become a civilization based on work – not even “productive work” but work as an end and meaning in itself. ~David Graeber (Bullshit Jobs, 2018, pXXIV) Free time has been, for some time now, undergoing a steady reduction. With the increasing “uberisation” of economies worldwide, people find less and less […]

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October 27, 2021

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Rethinking Ecofeminist Politics: Creating a New Political Realm

Written by Janet Biehl. Excerpt from Rethinking Ecofeminist Politics (Boston: South End Press, 1991), pp150-157. Social ecology distinguishes between statecraft, as a system of dealing with the public realm by means of professionalized administrators and their legal monopoly on violence, on the one hand, and politics, as the management of the community on a grassroots […]

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Rights Begin in the Small Places Closest to Home: A Story from Constitution Street

Written by Jemma Neville I live on Constitution Street in the Leith area of Edinburgh, northeast Scotland, United Kingdom. Maybe you know the street, maybe you don’t. That doesn’t particularly matter for the purpose of the story I want to share with you. For certain, you will know another street well. Maybe it’s the street […]

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