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Experiments in Radical Democracy in Spain - Lessons We Can Learn

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There are very interesting things happening in Spain that may have much to teach us about a radically democratic politics that harnesses the power of social networks & the way the internet allows each of us a voice, a way to share our knowledge and expertise, and ways to learn from others - all in the course of making political parties obsolete, devolving government power into the hands of individuals and communities - clearly participatory and maybe an intial step in the withering away of the…

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Mark and Dave: Discuss

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"In my experience you definitely get knee-jerk responses to issues relating to things like Venezuela where the anarchist types tend to refuse to support that particular struggle on the grounds that it is top-down or something. And you get the Marxist types doing the same thing in the other direction. Not all the time but often. What they seem to be doing is taking a very principles stance with regards to strategy whilst ignoring the vision. This, I think, is exactly the wrong attitude to take regarding…

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LIFE, WAR AND ORGANIZING

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Posted at Z Commentaries https://zcomm.org/zcommentary/life-war-and-organizing/ Life, War, and Organizing   By Vincent Emanuele & Michael Albert  February 12, 2015  Posted in: Activism, Reimagining Society, US, Vision/Strategy, War and Peace | No comments Michael Albert Interviews Vincent Emanuele   First, what are your current main activities? What work, and particularly movement involvements, do you do, now, or recently? And…

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Notes on Self-Organisation and a Global Transformation Dialogue Website

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(Just to keep all five IOPS blog readers up tp speed, with a bit of anarchic political philosophy thrown in. Just my own views. Not applicable to the IOPS website. The first paragraph is still my view of the question which IOPS should be mainly focussed on, if it really exists.)   Notes on Self-Organisation and a Global Transformation Dialogue Website   How can we contribute to the process of finding a global Network of networks, a Movement of movements, a Hyper- or Meta- or Super-Movement…

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...help me to carry the stone?

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Recent questions on my mind to get the discussion-ball rolling 1. how to adapt the long-term strategies of social-change we have inherited (and/or equip new ones) in light of the urgency of climate disruption? 2. And also the dilemma of putting out capitalism's many fires vs letting some burn in order to fire-proof in the long run...or if that is even a meaningful question? Anyone interested in a group vid chat discussion on these or related questions let me know :p   http://youtu.be/TFjmvfRvjTc

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THOUGHT SHOULD NOT CAUSE THE HEART GRIEF (HELLO?)

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Hello.......? So that's it is it? All finished up? No-one talking in the forums. No one talking on the blog. Is that how it goes? The website just gets used for very specific purposes. Or is everyone is talking secretively, yeah?   So I gather the silence is because of all the great  work everyone is doing behind closed doors. Getting seriously jiggy with it! Who the fuck knows. This joint is like a fucking morgue. No really, a fucking morgue. You know where the dead people go. Only took…

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Global Transformation Website

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Just an idea for a new global dialogue/transformation website, separate from IOPS but perhaps in its essential spirit (?) There are now first steps being undertaken in this direction. To me personally IOPS itself is not important, the urgent need for global transformation is. The rest is in the text below. Happy New Year, folks. Conspectus for a Global Transformation Dialogue Website AIM To find, through dialogue, common ground and narrative among activists and concerned individuals regarding changing…

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