Ecology was of great interest for Castoriadis, one of the great philosophers of the 20th century. In his later writings, Castoriadis incorporated ecology into his political project of autonomy, based on direct democracy. For Castoriadis ecology is political because it raises the fundamental question of our purpose in this world and of limiting ourselves in relation to one another and the world we have come to inhabit.
by Vijay Kolinjivadi Steven Pinker’s latest book Enlightenment Now celebrates modern technological progress at all costs, and in doing so it ignores the violence of colonialism's subjugation of people and nature, and promotes a mechanistic understanding of progress and human-environment relations. Instead, we need a radical project of decolonization that values non-Western ideals of what … Continue reading The enlightenment of Steven Pinker: Eco-modernism as rationalizing the arrogance (and violence) of empire
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
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
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)
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)
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
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!
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?
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