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After Pakistan's Election: Against The Current vol. 133
Tariq, Farooq
Throughout Pakistan the massive anti-Musharraf vote on 18 February, 2008 spoke volumes: We do not like the military dictatorship; we want Musharraf out.
Community Economic Workshops: An Evolutionary Preparation for Social Revolution to Economic Democracy Within an Ecological Society
A short discussion of the use of "community economic workshops" in constructing a democratic, anarchistic society.
The History of Costa Rica
Molina, Ivan; Palmer, Steven
An overview of Costa Rican history with an emphasis on how Costa Ricans have been able to make their own history, "though they do not make it just as they choose."
The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
Inside Iran: New Internationalist March 2007
Serial Publication (Periodical)
A look at Iran from history to present. Discussion of women's rights and the youth of Iran.
Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignity in England and America
Morgan, Edmund S.
The author makes the case that the United States has remained politically stable because the Founding Fathers invented the idea of the American people and used it to impose a government on the new nat...
Islam, Politics and the State: The Pakistan Experience
Khan, Mohammad Asghar
Mohammad Asghar Khan, prominent in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy, has assembled leading Pakistani scholars at home and abroad to assess critically the consequences of Zia's Islamicisat...
It's Time for the Left to Ask "What Are We For?"
Jaffe, Sarah; Poblet, Maria
Sarah Jaffe interviewed Maria Poblet. Maria Poblet has been working in base building and community organizing in the Bay Area for 18 years, building Causa Justa Just Cause, a democratically held grass...
Life after Communism West goes East: New Internationalist April 2004
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A look at the effects of communist rule in the former Soviet Union and the post-communism transition.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy
Swift, Richard
Ths book explores how democracy is constricted and deformed by economic power-brokers and a self-serving political class.
The No State Solution: Institutionalizing Libertarian Socialism in Kurdistan
Kolokotronis, Alexander
In what many outside of the territory are referring to as the Rojava Revolution, a major shift in political philosophy and political programmatics has taken place in Kurdistan.
Our Generation: Volume 6 Number 3
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Our Generation: Volume 6 Number 4
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Peasant, Citizen and Slave: The Foundations of Athenian Democracy
Wood, Ellen Meiksins
Wood argues that, despite the importance of slavery in Athenian society, the most distinctive characteristic of Athenian democracy was the unprecedented prominence it gave to free labour. Wood argues ...
Planning As Learning: The Education of Citizen Activists
Alexander, Donald Hayley Morrow
Phd thesis focusing on the learning undertaken by members of citizens' groups involved in land use planning.
Radical Democracy
Lummis, C. Douglas
Lummis revives the meaning of democratic struggle and critques the economic and technological processes that have hindered its growth.
Reveille for Radicals
Alinksy, Saul D.
Alinksy connects his theoretical notions on radicalism to practical movements and events.
Sanctioning Apartheid
Edgar, Robert
A useful guide to the background of apartheid and understanding current developments, particularly the success of the mass democratic movement in weakening racist policy.
Socialist Register 1995: Volume 31: Why Not Capitalism?
Panitch, Leo (ed.)
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Street Level Democracy: Political Settings at the Margins of Global Power
Barker, Jonathan; Cwikowski, Christine; Gombay, Kathrine; Shettima, Kole; Sundar, Aparna
A wide-ranging book that traces the conflicts between global power and local action. People in farming communities, town mosques, city markets, and fishing communities suffer the effects of wrenching ...
We Make the Road By Walking: Conversations on education and social change
Horton, Myles; Freire, Paulo
Horton, the founder of the Highlander Folk School, and Freire, a Brazilian education leader, are from two different backgrounds, but their shared views on the use of participatory education in bringin...
West Papua "Will we ever be free": New Internationalist April 2002
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Discusses the effects of the oil industry on West Papua and the people's struggle for freedom and a new form of governemnt after a long history of betrayal. Also looks at West Papuan culture from a to...

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Social Scientist of the Smooth Society
Jacobs, James
A critique of S.M. Lipset's book Political Man, this article problematizes the assumptions made by social scientists.