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Hello from Japan

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Hello there!  I have just found this web site and wanted to introduce our group in Kawasaki, Japan. We have been meeting a few times a month, discussing Participatory Society (参加型市民社会) in very friendly and casual atmosphere. We make a point in voluntary participation and ensure there is no hierarchy, no matter how subtle, sadly found in many otherwise well-meaning political organizations. I will report to my colleagues at our next meeting; I hope we will be able to make more blog…

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Anarchism in the Kumamoto earthquakes

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I was caught up in the recent very serious earthquakes here in Kumamoto, Japan. I did several interviews and articles about it on the BBC, PRI radio, and newspapers, including this article where I focused on the anarchistic elements in the Japanese emergency volunteer system:   "What is called ‘Hinansho’ (避難所 place of refuge, shelter) system is, to me, an example of an anarchistic type system, operating on the lines of the political, philosophical system of anarchism. By which,…

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Anarchism for Artists

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I’ve written a long piece on how comic books (and all arts) would thrive in an anarchist system, out on Forbidden Planet blog (a comic book store) and featuring our Parecomic book with Michael Albert and Noam Chomsky. Michael also contributed to this article:   http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2014/comics-sean-michael-wilson-anarchic-approach/

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Parecomic graphic novel moving on

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THe PARECOMIC graphic novel about Michael Albert and Parecon ideas, with the Chomsky intro, is out and about now. Please check it out and get a copy yourself. Here are some reviews and opinions the book has got already: "As a primer on the history and theory of participatory economics, this title is never short on ideas, tracing the development of Michael Albert’s theories on self-management, social justice, and internationalism, and their origins in the civil disobedience and consciousness-raising…

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Membership Drive in Japan

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There are several IOPS members in Japan now.  What can we do to spread the word?  Postcards?  Leaflets?  Posts on progressive web pages in Japan web space?  Any ideas? One first step will be to translate the basic information into Japanese.  The organizational description has already been translated.  (That translation is at the bottom of the list of categories on the left of the home page for IOPS Japan.)  We're working on setting up a Japanese version of…

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Parecomic - a tool for the IOPS. Call for support!

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Parecomic - a tool for the IOPS.We anticipate that the Parecomic book we are working on will be a very useful tool for IOPS members to introduce IOPS-ish ideas in a comfortable and entertaining manner. Indeed, we are going to try to find a way to provide bulk orders of the book at high discounts to IOPS and its chapters.The parecomic book  has 5 sections, which go into 1960's student radicalism, the anti war movement, civil rights, the woman's movement, the black panthers, the emptiness of…

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