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Blocking Progress: Consensus Decision Making In The Anti-Nuclear Movement
Ryan, Howard
Howard Ryan maintains that consensus is wrong in principle and in practice: "The problem is not so much that individuals are being irresponsible or somehow abusing the consensus process. The problem l...
Connexions: Volume 7, Number 1 - March 1982
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Does Revolution Make Sense?
Stratman, Dave
Fighting for revolution allows and demands that we abandon petty concerns and narrow issues and think big. Revolution forces us to try to understand the whole world and to imagine a new one. As we exp...
Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite
Levine, Bruce E.
Levine offers insights into the epidemic of political passivity in America and analyzes how major U.S. institutions have created helplessness and fatalism. He proposes ways of recovering dignity, ener...
No Bosses Here!: A Manual on Working Collectively and Cooperatively
Brandow, Karen; McDonnell, Jim;
A perceptive and practical guide to working in a collective.
Notes from a Revolution Dying: Against The Current vol. 134
Pirani, Simon
In June 1922, five years on from the Russian Revolution, a group of Moscow communists gathered to discuss a letter by Vladimir Petrzhek, an auto worker, tendering his resignation from the communist (o...
On Organization
Wetzel, Tom
Discusses the democratic organizational forms appropriate to libertarian socialist organizations.
One Vote for Democracy: Consensus vs. democracy
Diemer, Ulli
Makes the case that the democratic model is better than the consensus model for activist group decision-making.
The Oratory of Malcolm X: Against The Current vol. 120
McTaggart, Ursula
Spike Lee closes his 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” with two quotes: In one, Malcolm X proclaims the right to self defense and in the other, Martin Luther King, Jr. insists upon non-violent protest. E...
Ordinary People
When we talk about revolution, we aren't talking about pie in the sky or something that's never existed. We're talking about reshaping the world with the very best values that we practice now, today, ...
Rosa Luxemburg on the Socialist Civic Virtues
D'Arcy, Steve
One of Rosa Luxemburg's most striking and least well-understood contributions was to draw on the classical "republican" notion of "civic virtue," as a vital part of her analysis of working-class democ...
"Solidarity, Not Charity" - Revolution in the Ninth Ward
Moore, Beth
In New Orleans, the people have stopped being patient with false choices. They have stopped trusting in politicians who represent only themselves and their contributors. They have chosen the common go...
Traite du Savoir-Vivre for the Occupy Wall Street Generations
Giordano, Al
Once upon a time, twenty thousand people descended on Wall Street, the capitol of capital, occupied it nonviolently, and won exactly what they demanded. This is not a fairy tale. It really happened. T...
We Can Get There From Here
Masching, Mike; Masching, Melanie
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 Should I Do?: Selfishness, Happiness And Benefiting Others
Edwards, David; and Media Lens
Motivation is not a problem for anyone who accepts the extraordinary truth contained in Yeshe Aro's ncient prescription for happiness: "On this depends my liberation: to assist others -- nothing else....

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