Thursday, 25 July 2013

Green Reading list.

I don't necessarily agree with all of it.

Deep   Ecology   and   Animals-
A Taste of Green Web Writings  and Left Biocentrism

Left  Biocentrism  Primer -
 The Green Movement and the Deep Ecology Movement                                                                                            By David Orton

Monbiot and Deep Dilemmas  review by David Orton

The  Deep  Ecology  Platform     by  Arne Naess and George Sessions

 A Commentary on Green Political Thought by David Orton

The Left in Left Biocentrism    By David Orton

Reponding to climate change and peak oil: reclaiming the commons.

Ecology and its recuperation by capitalists By Brian Morris

Thinking like a mountain By David Orton

Ecological Ethics: An Introduction -Patrick Curry.
Aldo Leopold (A Sand County Almanac); John Livingston (The Fallacy of Wildlife Conservation and Rogue Primate); Andrew Dobson, (Green Political Thought); Saral Sarkar (Green-Alternative Politics in West Germany, two volumes); David Johns ("The Practical Relevance of Deep Ecology,"  Wild Earth, Summer 1992) (3); and George Sessions (Deep Ecology For The 21st Century).  Ecology, Community and Lifestyle is at present the best single introduction to the ideas of Arne Naess.
Endgame (Derrick Jensen books)Our Synthetic Environment .
Post-Scarcity Anarchism.
Revolutionary Ecology: Biocentrism & Deep Ecology. Judi Bari.
Regarding Nature: Industrialism
            and Deep Ecology
, Andrew McLaughlin

Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections is a book edited by John Zerzan.
Bender, The Culture of Extinction:  Toward a Philosophy of Deep Ecology.
Peter Harries-Jones -Sustainability: The Challenge.
Robin Eckersley ,Environmentalism and Political Theory: Toward an Ecocentric Approach,
The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?                         by Joel Kovel.

David Orton (deep ecology)
Rudolf Bahro
Warwick Fox
Aldo Leopold.
Arne  Næss .
Murray Bookchin
Ecological self
Derrick Jensen.
Jacques Ellul.
Janet Biehl .
Gary Snyder.
Joanna Macy.
John Seed.
Lewis Mumford.
E. F. Schumacher.
Kevin Tucker (anarchist)
Rising Tide UK.
Fredy Perlman.
Ivan Illich.
Wolfi Landstreicher .


Thursday, 4 July 2013

Criticism of Zizek.

A directly democratic critique of Žižek

This was originally a comment I made on bella caledonia which I thought was worth reposting.

For me it’s really interesting that celebrity leftists like Žižek, David Harvey and others feel they have to address and argue against direct democracy (and sometimes autonomous or libertarian socialism more broadly). It shows that these ideas are really in the ascendant, being discussed and put into action at least to some extent in assemblies around the world, most recently Turkey, but I’d imagine we’ll see the same in Brazil.

Of course, I disagree with Zizek. He’s a philosopher who has called for a ‘Thatcher of the left’, fashionably denounces social democracy and in the same breath more-or-less urges us to return to it.

His call to have Syriza leader, Alexis Tsipras, given power repeatedly Stalin-style, with Tsipras chuckling opposite him is galling but also quite troubling. Why? Because what’s being ridiculed and shut down as worthy of any further comment is that ‘ordinary’ people, working class folk, can genuinely participate in and decide on the most important decisions of their lives, their work and wider society.

I think this idea is worth fighting for, and it’s one that’s unavoidably revolutionary and anti-capitalist. It argues that we shouldn’t accept the control of capital or profit, that decisions about a community should made by that community, and control of work in the hands of workers themselves. Direct democracy means breaking down the division between the economic and political, and challenging state power which is never neutral but defends capital and is dominating in itself. It goes back to the great aim of the labour movement: workers’ control of industry and society.
But this is a million miles away from greater ‘accountability’ or proportionality in representative democracy and questions the meaning of self-determination.

There are of course examples of movements in which direct democracy was central that have existed for ‘more than two months’ as Zizek put it. Even the example he mentions, the Zapatistas, has existed for many years now effectively outside of Mexican state power. In fact, since he’s been to South America and ‘knows what he’s talking about’, he should realise that there have been and are several mass movements like the Piqueteros of Argentina, the Landless Workers’ Movement of Brazil, the wave of self-management in factories have lasted for long periods of time and have had a deep influence on many people’s lives. I would also argue against what he said about Bolivia. But this is just South America.

Can we develop a society where direct democracy is universalised with large-scale structures, I think so but no-one can say for certain. The point is the process and the movement to get there. Is it worth it? Absolutely. How far can we go? Let’s see

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

3/7/2013 current affairs

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood 'Western puppet' regime served eviction notice
- Biggest demo against Gov in history.
I think it's awesome it's so large and that people are rejecting leaders failing to keep promises and admitting their previous uprising did not go far enough.The awareness in all of that is amazing.

Huge turnout at Egypt's Presidential Palace protest

 Peer Lord Freud said food banks increasing food bank use.