Ecology of Freedom

We are using Murray Bookchin's Ecology of Freedom in Critical Thinking to inform our discussions on governance. Originally, a Marxist, Bookchin quickly became disillusioned with the centralised, tyrannical nature of communist Russia and China, concluding that scale and the resultant concentration of power was the cause of despotism. His criticism of capitalism is that it relies on the domination of people and nature to the detriment of both. He draws on anthropology and understanding of former civilisations to describe how we can recast civilisation in harmony with nature while utilising the benefits of technology and knowledge not available to previous civilisations. Ecology of Freedom is comprehensive, detailed and extensively referenced.

Imprisoned PKK leader, Abdul Ocalan, was(is) wrestling with similar ideas in working for the liberation of the Kurdish people and considered himself a student of Bookchin. He applied Bookchin's ideas to restructuring the PKK into a non-hierarchical movement and said that freedom for the Kurds will only be possible when all people are free.

Bookchin, Öcalan, and the Dialectics of Democracy By Janet Biehl

The Windy Roads to Kurdish LIberation

February 3-5, 2012, a a conference was organized in Hamburg, Germany. The theme was “Challenging Capitalist Modernity: Alternative concepts and the Kurdish Question.” The following text was delivered as a speech to the conference.

Our conversation on governance starts this evening and we will be working to develop principles for non-hierarchical, self-organising structures which could underpin a civilisation in harmony with nature and in which individual freedom and creativity flourish.

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0 #2 Clive Menzies 2015-08-29 15:30
Quoting Max:
Until we realize the essential meaning of the words we use, all conversation is meaningless, whether monologue or dialogue. How can anyone refer to our society as a civilization? Until we stop murdering anyone or group who disagrees with us, we are not civilized! When we call any organization that we develop a "government" we have no right to complain that it does not serve us Doesn't govern mean to control or rule over you? All organizations that we develop is intended to serve us, otherwise it has no purpose or rights. Therefore, it seems logical to call any organization a serverment. Of course the word is not in the dictionary, but do you need a dictionary to understand what serverment means? We need to be much more careful and aware of the basic meaning of the words we use![
Thank you. I'm sure we can be as careless in Critical Thinking as many but your comment is a salutary reminder to us all.
Language is difficult because so much of it has been co-opted for nefarious purposes and meaning has become corrupted. "Framing" the debate - see George Lakoff's Don't think of an elephant
which was the Republican handbook to capture shift the political centre of gravity to the right.
 
 
0 #1 Max 2015-08-29 15:05
Until we realize the essential meaning of the words we use, all conversation is meaningless, whether monologue or dialogue. How can anyone refer to our society as a civilization? Until we stop murdering anyone or group who disagrees with us, we are not civilized! When we call any organization that we develop a "government" we have no right to complain that it does not serve us Doesn't govern mean to control or rule over you? All organizations that we develop is intended to serve us, otherwise it has no purpose or rights. Therefore, it seems logical to call any organization a serverment. Of course the word is not in the dictionary, but do you need a dictionary to understand what serverment means? We need to be much more careful and aware of the basic meaning of the words we use![
 

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