Trashopolis! Storytelling, waste research and glocal conflicts

by Salvatore De Rosa This is a very personal account of an ethnographic immersion in the epicenter of an environmental conflict of huge proportions. That happens to be, at the same time, the place where I was born. It is an attempt at connecting the dots between individual existence, collective destinies and glocal ecological transformations. … Continue reading Trashopolis! Storytelling, waste research and glocal conflicts

The dystopian world of the Handmaid’s tale 1/2

ENTITLE Blog presents two reflections on the dystopian world of the Handmaid’s tale. In the first, Júlia Hosta Cuy argues that the bleak future depicted in the series and the book should not make us complacent about the current position of women: liberalism is not the alternative to theocracy. The huge success of Hulu’s 2017 … Continue reading The dystopian world of the Handmaid’s tale 1/2

Think Big Socialism and the spectre of degrowth: From one materialism to another (part II)

The Earth Wind and Fire issue of Jacobin is an environmentalism from the standpoint of the Progressive State. Economic growth is given and natural, it happens, social forces can slow it down or it can be accelerated. Nature on the other hand, bereft of value bearing physis, is a curious mix of a sum of … Continue reading Think Big Socialism and the spectre of degrowth: From one materialism to another (part II)

Think Big Socialism and the Spectre of Degrowth: The Ghost of Progress (Part I)

by Eric Pineault A fascinating aspect of Jacobin's Earth Wind and Fire issue is the obsessive “presence of the absence" of Degrowth, of limits and the critique of scale. When mentioned, Degrowth is evoked to further convince the reader of the necessity and reasonableness of green Keynesianism and accelerated centrally planned solar communism. Writing after several … Continue reading Think Big Socialism and the Spectre of Degrowth: The Ghost of Progress (Part I)

Why #DefendAfrin? Confronting authoritarian populism with radical democracy

by Amber Huff, Salima Tasdemir, and Patrick Huff Today is a National Day of Action to #DefendAfrin, a city in Northern Syria (Rojava) which has been the center of both a brutal war and a remarkable and radical democratic experiment. This international call for solidarity seeks to continue to bring attention to the high stakes in … Continue reading Why #DefendAfrin? Confronting authoritarian populism with radical democracy

Why are water wars back on the agenda? And why we think it’s a bad idea!

On the occasion of world water day, this opinion piece critically reflects on the recent resurgence of the “water wars” narrative in policy and media circles and questions its timing, purpose and the evidence on which it is based.  There is a recent and worrying trend towards a renewed “water wars” narrative in some policy … Continue reading Why are water wars back on the agenda? And why we think it’s a bad idea!

Tourism and Degrowth: Impossibility Theorem or Path to Post-Capitalism?

by Robert Fletcher, Asunción Blanco-Romero, Macià Blázquez-Salom and Ivan Murray "Touristification" of cities is increasingly met by discontent of local communities deprived of their places: overtourism is a real issue and we must face the challenge of rethinking and remaking one of the world's biggest industries. The time has come to start talking seriously about how to bring … Continue reading Tourism and Degrowth: Impossibility Theorem or Path to Post-Capitalism?

“Down with the fumes!” The Year of the Shootings and its relevance for mining today

by Félix Talego and Juan Diego Pérez On February 4, 1888, a demonstration called by the “League Against Calcinations” to protest against acid rain ended up with a massacre of civilians by the Spanish army. Researchers Félix Talego and Juan Diego Pérez argue that the commemoration of this event is an opportunity to spread the … Continue reading “Down with the fumes!” The Year of the Shootings and its relevance for mining today

More Shamans, less intolerance! An Indigenous Manifesto at Berlin Film Festival

by Felipe Milanez The premier of the movie Ex-Shaman by Luiz Bolognesi at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival becomes the occasion for spreading a manifesto by Indigenous People of Brazil denouncing racism, violence and the loss of traditional knowledge: Shamans must exist and be respected, before it is too late, the world is devoid … Continue reading More Shamans, less intolerance! An Indigenous Manifesto at Berlin Film Festival

Reframing the Left Eco-Modernism vs. Orthodox Eco-Socialism Debate, or: Assessing the Transformation of the Value-Nature Nexus 

by Emanuele Leonardi Do we really need to choose either infinite (if alternative) growth or a steady-state economy? What if we may opt for shrinking entropic/industrial sectors and allowing for negentropic labor to freely flourish? Editors’ note: This is the third in a series of ENTITLE blog articles that critically engage with the ongoing discussions … Continue reading Reframing the Left Eco-Modernism vs. Orthodox Eco-Socialism Debate, or: Assessing the Transformation of the Value-Nature Nexus