participatory democracy

The explosion point of ideology in Kurdistan – VP & GEH

Refusing the police interpretation of history as well as a bartering style of geopolitics, this text proposes to study the reasons for the unanimous enthusiasm for “the Kurds” within the French left. It does not address as such the “Kurdish cause” or the Syrian insurgency precisely but how they have served to reveal the bankruptcy of the world of leftist militants, revolutionary and reformist as well. We discuss the ease of the left to be dragged by antiterrorism and State ideologies. Remaining aloof from the caricatured “anti-imperialist” postures or the neo-conservative ones, it is about restoring some painful truths.

A Short Course in Politics at the University of Abahlali baseMjondolo

Abahlali baseMjondolo meeting in Durban

Raj Patel on participatory democracy in Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban, South Africa.

Individuals and minorities in the framework of direct democracy

De Campo Vaccino

In the wake of Brexit and Trump's presidency many have rushed into questioning the decision-making abilities of society. Is direct democracy guilty for the current faults of the system or on the contrary, the absolute lack of it?

The Eye of the Needle: Towards Participatory Democracy in South Africa

Rick Turner

This book, by the South African philosopher and trade unionist Rick Turner (assassinated in Durban in 1978) was first published in 1972. It is an argument, written in opposition to the Stalinism of the South African Communist Party, for a participatory democracy in post-apartheid South Africa. The attached file contains the preface. The full text of the book is available at South African History Online.

Social war and imperialist spider’s web in Syria (2011-2015) by Proletarios Internacionalistas

"Guerra social y telaraña imperialista en Siria (2011-2015)"
Here is a very fast draft translation of a chapter from a brochure published in Spanish about the struggles in Syria.