Alternatives

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Connexions Library

Addresbuch Alternativer Projekte
Meger, Peter
Book
Over 500 pages (5" x 7 1/2), written mostly in German. An extensive European resource guide to alternative projects. Contains several indices including an index of the alternative press. ...
Alternate Societies: A brief survey on intentional community in European history
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1993
A brief outline of the history of attempts in western society to create living arrangements which would complement, and in some cases further, efforts to become economically independent.
Alternative Americas: An informal history by the grandmother of the counter-culture
Loomis, Mildred J.
Book
1982
A history of decentralist and co-operative alternatives in the United States, centering especially on the work of Ralph Borsodi.
Alternative Library Literature 1986-1987
Berman, Sanford & Danky, James P.
Book
1988
An anthology of writings about alternative literature and sources and producers of alternative literature, as well as about libraries themselves, and about what is happening within libraries to make t...
Alternative Library Literature 1988-1989
Berman, Sanford, Danky, James
Book
1990
Alternative Materials in Libraries
Book
1982
Handbook with extensive bibliographies. What, where, how and why to buy Alternative and small press publications for libraries - also useful for individuals and bookstore.
Alternative Press Center
Organization
Annotated links to alternative points of view available on the Internet.
Alternatives Information
Website
Online social change library.
Another world is possible if...
George, Susan
Book
2004
Susan George suggests that we can create a new and better world -- if we act together to bring about changes. She discusses the ifs and hows.
Begin at Start: Some Thoughts on Personal Liberation and World Change
Negrin, Su
Book
1972
Sue Negrin talks about her experiences in the hip, free school, mysticism, New Left, feminist and gay movements; how she sees them shedding old skins and coming together in a new way.
Breaking the Bonds: The Realities of Sexually Open Relationships
Watson, Mary Ann; Whitlock, Flint
Book
1982
An examination of the lives of (American) people involved in socially and/or sexually open relationships.
Building Economic Alternatives
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1992
Moffatt outlines many currently practiced methods of creating an alternative economy.
Capitalism is a Waste of Time: Godwin, Malthus & the Ideology of "No Alternative"
Rhodes, Jason
Article
2010
The "no alternative" of permanent scarcity is both the all too familiar essence of our daily politics as well as the ideology at the heart of the discipline of economics, defined in the most widely us...
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
A Citizen Legislature
Callenbach, Ernest; Phillips, Michael
Book
1985
Arguing from the premise that the present electoral system is unrepresentative and promotes corruption, the authors propose going back to the Athenian system of choosing representatives: by lottery.
The Communist Manifesto
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
1848
Written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as the theoretical and practical platform of the Communist League, a workers' association.
The Communistic Societies of the United States
Nordhoff, Charles
Book
1875
Describes a dozen Utopian societies.
Connexions Annual 1989: A Social Change Sourcebook: Information and ideas about social and environmental alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Book
1989
The Connexions Annual is simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives.
The Connexions Annual 1989: A Social Change Sourcebook: Information and Ideas About Social and Environmental Alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1989
The 1989 edition of the Canadian directory of grassroots groups working for social and environmental alternatives.
Connexions Annual 1994: A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1994
Simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives. The bulk of the Annual is devoted to listings of grassroots groups. It also contains a series...
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Critique of the Gotha Programme
Marx, Karl
Article
1875
Karl Marx's criticisms of the programme adopted by congress to unite the two German socialist parties in 1875.
For Our Common Future
Taylor, Walt
Article
1989
Most Canadians seem brainwashed by two myths: (1) Work is scarce; not enough work for everyone; and (2) Money is scarce; Canada cannot afford full employment.
Four Futures
Frase, Peter
Article
2012
Capitalism will end. Maybe not soon, but probably before too long; humanity has never before managed to craft an eternal social system, after all, and capitalism is a notably more precarious and volat...
Global Visions: Beyond the News World Order
Brecher, Jeremy; Childs, John Brown; Cutler, Jill
Book
1993
This book seeks to establish how our diverse globalizing world can be turned into a common home. The authors create a dialogue about the two types of globalization occurring in the world: globalizatio...
Goodman, Paul: Connexipedia Article
Article
American sociologist, poet, writer, anarchist, social critic, and public intellectual. (1911-1972).
Group Marriage: A Study of Contemporary Multilateral Marriage
Constantine, Larry L. and Joan
Book
1973
A study of more than 100 group marriages in the United States, exploring the psychology and sociology of this form of marital relationship. The study looks at how group marriages are established, who ...
Inaugural Address of the International Workingmen's Association
Marx, Karl
Article
1864
Speech by Karl Marx to the founding meeting of the First International.
International Blacklist 1983: An Anti-Authoritarian Directory
Book
An International directory of anti-authoritarian groups and publications. P. 123 has a list of documentation centres on anarchism. P. 139 has publishing houses and disributors. ...
Interview with Ulli Diemer
Diemer, Ulli; Orchard, Jeff
Article
1990
Jeff Orchard interviews Ulli Diemer about socialism, capitalism, life, and social change.
Macrocosm USA: Possibilities for a New Progressive Era
Book
1992
An environmental, political and social solutions handbook and directory.
Manifestos, Programs, Visions: Selected Manifestos - Political Statements - Programs
Website
1649
A selection of left manifestos, programs, poltical statements and visions from the 1600s to today.
Marxism.ca
Website
A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism
Hudis, Peter
Book
2013
In contrast to the traditional view that Marx's work is restricted to a critique of capitalism – and that he consciously avoided any detailed conception of its alternative – this work shows that Marx ...
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory: Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
2012
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). G...
The Need for Alternative Employment
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1989
An alternative economy would enable movement people to integrate their bread labour with their social change work.
News & Letters: Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2006 - 2007
Article
2006
We aim to help fill the void on the question of "what happens after" by creatively rethinking and restating his concept of "revolution in permanence" for today.
Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today
Carlsson, Chris
Book
2008
As capitalism continues to corral every square inch of the globe into its logic of money and markets, new practices are emerging through which people are taking back their time and technological know-...
The Other World Is Here
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2010
You see what you’re looking for. Most of us are constantly urged to see the world as, at best, a competitive place and, at worst, a constant war of each against each, and you can see just that without...
Paul Goodman: Writing on the Web
Website
Writings of the social critic Paul Goodman.
Permanent Autonomous Zone: A Conversation With Zine Writers Erick Lyle and Jeff Miller
Article
2010
What if our lives were filled with moments of liberation from the everyday? Is it possible to carve out spaces that challenge the dominant logic of the market, where we can pursue meaningful work and ...
A Political Statement of the Libertarian Socialist Collective
Libertarian Socialist Collective
Article
1979
The socialist perspective, as we see it, implies a total critique of human society as it is presently constituted. Socialism means a total transformation of life and social institutions - a project of...
Prefigurative politics: Connexipedia Article
Article
The concept of building a new world in the shell of the old.
Putting Power in its Place: Create Community Control!
Plant, Judith; Plant, Christopher
Book
1992
Essays arguing for the devolution of government and putting forward workdable models, many of them tested in practice, of how we might restructure society to better represent the full diversity of its...
Radical Digressions 1
Diemer, Ulli
Website
1973
The Regina Manifesto: Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Programme
Article
Adopted by the founding convention of the CCCF in Regina, Saskatchewan, July, 1933.
Resource Manual for A Living Revolution: A Handbook of Skills & Tools for Social Change Activists
Coover, Virginia, Deacon, Ellen, Esser, Charles, Moore, Christopher
Book
1977
A manual for people who are concerned or angered by the deterioration of our society and who, because they have some sense that their efforts can have an effect on change, are looking for tools to tra...
Resources For Radicals: An Annual Review of Books and Publications for Those Active in Movements for Social Change
Burch, Brian
Book
1997
An annotated list of resources -- books and periodicals -- for people working for non-violent social change.
Saving the Tropical Forest
Gradwohl, Judith; Greenberg, Russell
Book
1990
Growing numbers of people around the world are developing techniques and practices to promote the wise use and preservation of our remaining forests. The authors believe that the time has come to impr...
Shunpiking: Connexipedia Article
Article
The term shunpiking comes from the word shun, meaning "to avoid", and pike, a term referring to turnpikes, which were roads which required payment of a toll to travel on them. People who often avoid t...
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Book
1988
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
Socialism and Revolution
Gorz, Andre
Book
1967
Representative democracy in every industrially advanced country is in a state of profound crisis. But we have been accustomed for so long to accept democracy in the form of its outward appearances and...
SOS Alternatives to Capitalism
Swift, Richard
Book
2014
An investigation of the alternatives to capitalism, including socialism, anarchism and deep ecology.
SOS Alternatives to Capitalism: A discussion with Richard Swift
Bose, Rana; Swift, Richard
Article
2014
Montreal Serai had the opportunity to discuss SOS: Alternatives to Capitalism – a handy, slim compendium of vital, essential thoughts and discussions on the concept of an alternative economy and socie...
Steal This Book
Hoffman, Abbie
Book
1971
A guide to fighting government and corporations. The book is divided into three sections, "Survive!", "Fight!" and "Liberate!"
The Temporary Autonomous Zone
Bey, Hakim
Article
1985
I believe that by extrapolating from past and future stories about "islands in the net" we may collect evidence to suggest that a certain kind of "free enclave" is not only possible in our time but al...
Thoughts on a Timely Narrative for the Left
Klein; Dieter
Article
2012
"Without a story every battle is lost”, formulated the authors of the Wu Ming group, whose name demonstrators in Rome had on their shields which protected them from the police clubs. With the naming o...
Thunder on the Left
Callinicos, Alex
Article
2014
The paradox of the present situation is that capital is weak—but the radical left is much weaker. Alternatively, capital is economically weak, but much stronger politically, less because of mass ideol...
Toolkit for a New Canada
Gonick, Cy (Coordinating Editor)
Article
2008
A pamphlet providing a snapshot of what the contributors, brought together by Canadian Dimension magazine, believe are the big issues facing Canada in the first decade of the 21st century. The article...
Towards a Decentralist Commonwealth
Alperovitz, Gar
Article
1979
Could the basic structural concept of common ownership of society's resources for the benefit of all ever be achieved, institutionally, in ways which fostered and sustained, rather than eroded and des...
Voyages To Utopia: From Monastery to Commune - The Search for the Perfect Society in Modern Times
McCord, William
Book
1989
The story of William McCord's exploration of utopian communities, both in person and through literature.
The Waffle Manifesto: For an Independent Socialist Canada
Article
1969
The founding statement of the Waffle group within the New Democratic Party.
We Can Get There From Here
Masching, Mike; Masching, Melanie
Article
1998
We pose the following question: Is the capitalist system really meeting our needs or is it undermining our needs by giving us artificial motivators which actually result in feelings of inadequacy and ...
What Do We Do Now? Building a Social Movement in the Aftermath of Free Trade
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1989
We have the potential to create a social movement in this country that goes beyond single-issue organizing to work toward an integrated vision of a more just and caring society.
What is Libertarian Socialism?
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1977
Revolution is a collective process of self-liberation: people and societies are transformed through their struggles for freedom and for a better world.
What Is Missing From the World?
Stratman, Dave
Article
1998
The lack of a revolutionary alternative to capitalism has had a very negative effect on people's ability to organize a new movement for change. If there is no alternative to capitalism, then it seems ...
Why Do Communities Fail?
Moffatt, Gary
Article
The strains that take their toll on community groups.
Yes, There is an Alternative!: A review of Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism, by Peter Hudis
Friedman, Sam
Article
2014
Peter Hudis has written a valuable analysis of what Marx said on a critical issue. In this sense it reminds me of Hal Draper’s volumes on Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution. Hudis’s subject matter diffe...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Black and Red
Publishing books and pamphlets with an anti-authoritarian perspective since 1968. Black & Red books record contemporary and historical attempts to lead principled lives. They examine social relations ...
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Radical Digressions
Progressive comment and analysis by Ulli Diemer, featuring articles, letters, photos and the Radical Digressions Blog.
Red Menace, The
The online archive of the libertarian socialist newsletter The Red Menace. Articles on socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, h...
Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung -- Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Die Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung wurde 1992 von der Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus (PDS) - heute Die Linkspartei.PDS - als parteinahe, bundesweit taetige Stiftung anerkannt. Sie kooperiert im Rahmen...

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Sources Library

The Connexions Directory
A Directory of Social and Environmental Alternatives
An electronic directory of Canadian non-profit advocacy organizations concerned with social and environmental issues; indexed by subject.
Social Change & Alternatives Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to alternatives and social change in the Sources directory for the media.

From the Connexions Archives

Alternative America
Gardner, Richard
Serial Publication (Periodical)
12,150 organizations, mainly American, listed geographically by zip code, and again alphabetically. A subject keyword index referring to group numbers only. ...
Alternative Research
Organization profile published 1977
Organization
1977
Some members of Alternative Research are in the process of compiling a list of progressive of alternative periodicals which is to be published in 1978.
Alternatives Vorlesungsverzeichnis Nr. 5
Serial Publication (Periodical)
...
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Website
Many articles, fact sheets and background papers and analyses, on Canadian and international issues, from the CCPA, which promotes research from a progressive point of view.
Canadian Dimension Online
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1963
We are a magazine which shows there is an alternative to the corporate agenda and the dictates of the global market; that the dream of a better society is still alive. It provides a forum for debate, ...
Idealist
Website
International directory, organized by country, of thousands of non-profit activist organizations, designed to help people "think globally and act locally". Features an events calendar of mostly US eve...
Information Clearing House
Website
Described as an independent media source and as "one person's effort to correct the distorted perceptions provided by commercial media", this extensive site provides a mixed bag of news, articles, aud...
Intentional Communities
Website
Resource for intentional Communities including ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives and other related projects.
Marginal Distribution
Website
Book distributor.
Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
The Preservation Institute
The Natural Environment : The Social Environment
Website
Today, most people recognize that modernization and growth can harm the natural environment. The Preservation Institute believes that modernization also damages the social environment - that many of o...
The Red Menace
A libertarian socialist newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, ...
Web Networks
Website
Web Networks is the online home of many non-profit and social change groups in Canada.