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A picture of anarchy - The News on Sunday

A picture of anarchy - The News on Sunday | real utopias | Scoop.it


The PTI invokes the promise of the original bargain: participatory representative democracy. One man, one vote. The natural corollary of this is that each man's vote counts.

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David Graeber's Democracy Project: A Review - New Socialist Group


Was the Occupy movement an anarchist movement? David Graeber certainly thinks so and dedicates much of The Democracy Project depicting it in these terms.

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An Anarchist Response to a Trotskyist Attack: Review of “An Introduction to ... - Anarkismo.net

An Anarchist Response to a Trotskyist Attack: Review of “An Introduction to ... - Anarkismo.net | real utopias | Scoop.it
The leader of the International Marxist Tendency has written an attack on anarchism from his Trotskyist perspective. He makes some correct criticisms of some versions of anarchism, in relation to those who reject revolution or political organization. But he attempts to defend the idea of a "workers' state" by limited quotes from Lenin and by mistating the history of the Russian revolution.
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The Anarchist Revolution « Zabalaza Books

The Anarchist Revolution « Zabalaza Books | real utopias | Scoop.it
The only reliable method for waging a successful struggle against enslavement is social revolution that engages the masses in a continual struggle (evolution). When it first erupts, social revolution is elemental.
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Center for a Stateless Society » David Graeber’s Anarchist Thought: A Survey

Center for a Stateless Society » David Graeber’s Anarchist Thought: A Survey | real utopias | Scoop.it
Center for a Stateless Society No. 17 (Winter-Spring 2014), download this study PDF Introduction: The Primacy of Everyday Life David Graeber chose, as the epigraph to his book Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, a quote from Pyotr Kropotkin’
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Noam Chomsky (2013) "What is Anarchism?" - YouTube

Noam Chomsky spoke at MIT Wong Auditorium on November 18, 2013. The event was sponsored by the Boston Review. This event was based on the topic of Noam Chomsky's new volume, On Anarchism.

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John Dewey and David Graeber: Elements of Radical Democracy in Pragmatist and Anarchist Thinking by Martin Bartenberger :: SSRN

John Dewey and David Graeber: Elements of Radical Democracy in Pragmatist and Anarchist Thinking by Martin Bartenberger :: SSRN | real utopias | Scoop.it

John Dewey's concept of democracy has often been dismissed as "liberal" and as being unable to account for pluralism (Talisse 2007). I argue that this is a misconception which can be corrected if we analyze Dewey's understanding of democracy in its historical context. Following this approach, we find elements of a democratic conception in Dewey's thought that are profoundly radical and that can be read along the lines of an anarchist account of radical democracy as recently developed by David Graeber (2013). 

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Anarchism, Or The Revolutionary Movement Of The Twenty-first Century (Andrej Grubacic & David Graeber) | The Anarchist Library

Anarchism, Or The Revolutionary Movement Of The Twenty-first Century (Andrej Grubacic & David Graeber) | The Anarchist Library | real utopias | Scoop.it

It is becoming increasingly clear that the age of revolutions is not over. It’s becoming equally clear that the global revolutionary movement in the twenty first century, will be one that traces its origins less to the tradition of Marxism, or even of socialism narrowly defined, but of anarchism.

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The leftist protest ghetto and the anarchist subculture - Bay Area Indymedia

The anarchist subculture and the leftist protest ghetto are expressions of the fact that there is no opposition to capitalism in the contemporary United States. By opposition I don’t mean an occasional deft line in a movie review in the New York Times or junior varsity insurrectionaries posting quotes from The Coming Insurrection on their Facebook pages. Opposition to capitalism means ongoing public resistance that can have an impact on the larger society around us. It has to be credible -- this means taken seriously by friend and foe alike. It is not a function of the fantasy projections of a subculture. It does not exist to reproduce the existence of a subculture. It doesn’t mean empty ritual activity ignored by everyone other than people prone to engage in empty ritual activity. It means disruptive collective action by the people who perform the crucial tasks animating the market order around us. It establishes an easy to reproduce template of analysis and action that can be used by other rebellious wage earners. Right now nothing like this, and no effort to catalyze this, is taking place in the US. 

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The Anarchists Who Protested Kevin Rose Sound Surprisingly Logical

The Anarchists Who Protested Kevin Rose Sound Surprisingly Logical | real utopias | Scoop.it
After slogging through their 2,000-word anti-Google ransom note, I did not expect to engage in a remotely reasonable discussion with the Counterforce.
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Noam Chomsky "Ecology, Ethics, and Anarchism" (28 March 2014)

Noam Chomsky interviewed by Javier Sethness Castro at MIT on 28 March 2014. The conversation revolves around the present and future role of anarchism, anarcho-syndicalism, and indigenous struggle in terms of the profound ecological crisis we confront today as a result of capitalist hegemony.

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Noam Chomsky: Ecology, Ethics, Anarchism

Noam Chomsky: Ecology, Ethics, Anarchism | real utopias | Scoop.it

There can be little doubt about the centrality and severity of the environmental crisis in the present day. Driven by the mindless "grow-or-die" imperative of capitalism, humanity's destruction of the biosphere has reached and even surpassedvarious critical thresholds, whether in terms of carbon emissions, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, freshwater depletion, or chemical pollution. Extreme weather events can be seen pummeling the globe, from the Philippines — devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November of last year — to California, which is presently suffering from the worst drought in centuries. As Nafeez Ahmed has shown, a recently published study funded in part by NASA warns of impending civilizational collapse without radical changes to address social inequality and overconsumption. Truthout's own Dahr Jamail has written a number of critical pieces lately that have documented the profundity of the current trajectory toward anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) and global ecocide: In a telling metaphor, he likens the increasingly mad weather patterns brought about by ACD to an electrocardiogram of a "heart in defibrillation."

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Occupy Wall Street's anarchist roots | OccupyWallSt.org

Occupy Wall Street's anarchist roots | OccupyWallSt.org | real utopias | Scoop.it

"How are you going to get anywhere if you refuse to create a leadership structure or make a practical list of demands? And what's with all this anarchist nonsense - the consensus, the sparkly fingers? Don't you realise all this radical language is going to alienate people? You're never going to be able to reach regular, mainstream Americans with this sort of thing!"

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Anarchist and Parliamentarian, Iceland's Birgitta Jónsdóttir Talks Big E-Revolution

Anarchist and Parliamentarian, Iceland's Birgitta Jónsdóttir Talks Big E-Revolution | real utopias | Scoop.it
“I am a hacker within the system,” says the former Wikileaks collaborator.
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Gar Alperovitz and Michael Albert: A Conversation on Economic Visions

Gar Alperovitz and Michael Albert: A Conversation on Economic Visions | real utopias | Scoop.it
Two theorists of democratic control of the workplace debate participatory economics, the need for markets and balanced job complexes, and real-life experimentation with alternative economic forms.
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Anarchism, Anti-capitalism and Ecology in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Britain - Metapsychology

Anarchism, Anti-capitalism and Ecology in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Britain - Metapsychology | real utopias | Scoop.it

Before addressing the book, a few words are in order concerning the volume's publishing house and its series' editors. In 2010, Bloomsbury became the first international academic company publishing peer-reviewed monographs in anarchist studies, having launched a new series titled "Contemporary Anarchist Studies". Showing a commendable coherence with the series' theme, each volume has a paperback and hardback version, being also available under a Creative Commons (2.0) License which ensures that permission for non-commercial reproduction of the books is granted, by the publishers, free of charge to voluntary, campaign and community groups. The series is edited by Laurence Davis (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Uri Gordon (Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Israel), Nathan Jun (Midwestern State University, USA) and Alex Prichard (London School of Economics, UK). The first four volumes were launched almost simultaneously, in 2013 (between August 1st and October 24th), and the current volume being reviewed, by author Peter Ryley, was the second one of the series ­-- launched on September 12th.

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The Great Kladderadatsch: Book Review: Direct Action by David Graeber

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Noam Chomsky on "Anarcho-capitalism"

Chomsky on so called "Anarcho-capitalism"
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The Platypus Questions on Marxism & Anarchism - Anarkismo.net

The Platypus Questions on Marxism & Anarchism - Anarkismo.net | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Platypus Society is having a panel discussion in Chicago on “Radical Ideology Today: Marxism and Anarchism.” It will be at 7 pm on the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC), room TBA, March 17, 2014, a Monday. This is part of a number of discussions on this topic which they are sponsoring in several cities (including NYC). At this point in time, I was told, they have invited Peter Hudis, of the Marxist-Humanist Institute, someone from the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party, a local anarchist (TBA), and…me. (I won’t be “representing” anyone, let alone “the anarchists,” just expressing my own views.) 

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Anarchism: Arguments for and against -- by Albert Meltzer

It is not without interest that what might be called the anarchist approach goes back into antiquity; nor that there is an anarchism of sorts in the peasant movements that struggled against State oppression over the centuries. But the modern anarchist movement could not claim such precursors of revolt as its own more than the other modern working class theories. To trace the modern Anarchist movement we must look closer to our own times. While there existed libertarian and non-Statist and federalist groups, which were later termed anarchistic in retrospect, before the middle of the nineteenth century, it was only about then that they became what we now call Anarchists.

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▶ Interview with David Graeber - Occupy Wallstreet Movement - YouTube

▶ Interview with David Graeber - Occupy Wallstreet Movement - YouTube | real utopias | Scoop.it

"We don't go out on the streets because the police will beat us up". The Antrhopologist and Anarchist David Graeber talks about the Occupy Wallstreet Movement, police brutality and the ingredients of a successfull rebellion. Interview by Jonas Schreijäg; Camera: J.C. Balarezo, Wolfgang Weismann

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David Graeber on acting like an anarchist | Nonviolent Action Network

David Graeber on acting like an anarchist | Nonviolent Action Network | real utopias | Scoop.it

The US anthropologist, activist and author was a leading figure in Occupy Wall Street and now teaches at the London School of Economics. He talks peace, democracy and anarchism with Jo Lateu.


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David Graeber and the Anarchist Revival « Attack the System

David Graeber and the Anarchist Revival « Attack the System | real utopias | Scoop.it

Graeber refers to march planners and other organizers as “verticals,” and to him this is an insult: it refers not just to defenders of Kim Jong-un but to anyone who thinks a political uprising needs parties or leaders. He is a “horizontal,” which is to say, an anarchist. He is fifty-two, but he has made common cause with a generation of activists too young to have any interest in the Cold War, or anything associated with it. And, as he listened to speeches in Bowling Green, he realized that many of the people there seemed to be horizontals, too. Working with some like-minded activists, on the opposite side of the park, Graeber helped to convene a general assembly—an open-ended meeting, with no agenda and a commitment to consensus. Adbusters, a Canadian magazine, had called for an occupation of Wall Street on September 17th, which was six weeks away; that afternoon, in Bowling Green, a few dozen horizontals decided to see what they could do to respond.

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Kejriwal's Anarchism - DAWN.com

Kejriwal's Anarchism - DAWN.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Since the beginning of political discourse, the political philosophy of Aristotle (384-322 BC) that “man is by nature a political animal” is matched by the politics of withdrawal of the Cynics, Epicureans and Stoics. The reason for this retreat of politics was the narrow social base; only 10 per cent of Greeks engaged in politics in the exalted Athenian democracy. Ever since then, this distrust of politics has been an integral part of normative political theory. Its modern version, Anarchism, begins with the writings of Gerrard Winstanley (1609-60) and William Godwin (1756-1836) but develops as a coherent doctrine in the writings of Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1808-65) Michael Bakunin (1815-76) and Prince Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921).

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Theory And Practice - Conversations With Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn

This timely, bold set of one-on-one interviews presents two of the most venerable figures from the American Left—renowned historian Howard Zinn and linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky—each reflecting upon his own life and political beliefs. At the age of 88, Howard Zinn reflects upon the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, political empires, history, art, activism, and his political stance. Setting forth his personal views, Noam Chomsky explains the evolution of his libertarian socialist ideals, his vision for a future postcapitalist society, the Enlightenment, the state and empire, and the future of the planet

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation