Break Their Haughty Power – This is the website of one of our longest-term comrades, Loren Goldner. It is filled with articles that are international in scope and extremely insightful in the areas of left communism workers’ councils, fictitious capital, and the economy of China. The articles are long but well worth the effort.
Empire Logistics – This is one of the most interesting radical projects we’ve seen. This group attempts to map precisely the internal workings of the capitalist monster through its world infrastructure of production and transportation network – comprised of ports, warehouses, rail lines, highways, pipelines and information grids. This is done through a collaborative mapping project that demonstrates how these nodes, clusters, networks, corridors and flows are interconnected. Its second goal is to identify where these supply chains are most vulnerable. Thirdly, it identifies where to intervene in these supply chains to disrupt the flow up and down the chain, across sectors, borders, including oceans, in order to break the circuits in the service of a kind of global general strike. The map on their website alone is worth the price of admission!
Labor Notes – This is one of the only organizations in the United States which attempts to track labor movement battles all over the country. It is a network of radical union members who make a distinction between rank-and file union members and the union leadership that is much more conservative and is tied to the Democratic Party. Among other issues, it advocates for more democracy within unions. It hosts yearly workshops in training union organizers.
Libertarian Communism – All socialism is not state socialism. Besides social democrats, there is a radical left communism which advocates workers taking over their workplaces and self-managing them. This website narrates the history going all the way back to the Paris Commune of 1871. This site also has contemporary news articles, blogs and forums.
Against the Current is a socialist journal to promote dialogue among activists, organizers and scholars of the left. They promote a vision of socialism from below, of a revolutionary working class, anti-bureaucratic socialist movement. Against the Current is sponsored by Solidarity, a socialist organization founded in 1986. It comes out every two months. We found this journal to be very straightforward, down-to-earth, and non-sectarian without being eclectic.
Occupy Wall Street – Do you think the Occupy movement is over? You would never know it from this website! The Occupy movement has a radical perspective on finance capitalism and its demonstrated face-to-face democracy in how it organized its occupation in city centers across the country six years ago. “Occupy Sandy” has used the hurricane not only to help residents during this natural disaster, but has continued to build relationships with the residents in the Rockaways in its aftermath.
Z-Net – One of the most extensive websites on left-libertarian alternatives to capitalism around, featuring the work of Michael Alpert (Life After Capitalism), political economist Robin Hahnel and political scientist Stephen Shalom. The site has debates, forums and their store contains plenty of educational videos.
Democracy at Work – This is the organization and website that combines a Marxian analysis of the crisis in capitalism together with what can be done about it. The site includes the history of workplace democracy along with in-depth responses to frequently asked questions. It also includes news about workers’ self-directed enterprises around the country, as well as radio-broadcasts and public lectures by economist Richard Wolff. We have reservations about workers cooperatives when it is not explicitly connected to class struggle, the working class or part of an overall socialist program.
NoBAWC (Pronounced “No Boss”) – NoBAWC is a network of worker-cooperatives in the Bay Area. It provides a map of all the places to shop that are worker-cooperatives. They post job listings and invite you to their meetings. It is a down-to-earth way of getting the scoop about how local coops really operate.
U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives – News, articles and listings of worker cooperatives all across the United States. Co-ordinates national conferences.
Democracy at Work Institute – The Democracy at Work Institute expands the promise of cooperative business ownership to reach those communities most directly affected by social and economic inequality. It ensures that further growth in the worker cooperative movement is both rooted in worker cooperatives themselves and reaches out to new communities of worker-owners, particularly low-income people, people of color and recent immigrants.
Grassroots Economic Organizing – Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) is a decentralized collective of educators, researchers and grassroots activists working to promote an economy based on democratic participation, worker and community ownership, social and economic justice, and ecological sustainability – a “solidarity economy” – through grassroots journalism, organizing support, cross-sector networking and movement-building and the publication of educational and organizational resources.
The Toolbox for Education – Remember the board game, “Monopoly”? You know, the game that socialized kids and adolescents to become good little capitalists and have fun driving everyone else to ruin. Well if you think there is life beyond capitalism as we do, TESA has invented a game to help us get there just a little faster. “Co-opoly” is a very well-thought-out game which not only teaches the principles of starting a cooperative but presents the real-life problems of sustaining and expanding one. The game is challenging, funny and about 90 minutes to play with from three to six people.
Post Carbon Institute – As far as climate change and resource depletion, this organization is one of the most levelheaded and practical around. (PCI) is a think tank that provides information and analysis on climate deterioration, population pressure, peak oil, the pros and cons of alternative energy sources and long-term alternative futures. Richard Heinberg is one of its movers and shakers.
Transnational Institute for Social Ecology – Seeks to promote the radical democratization of city-life as well as the promotion of a social ecological understanding of the biosphere. It is founded on the ideas of Murray Bookchin, Jane Jacobs, Henry Lefebvre and David Harvey. The purpose is to provide a European center for social ecology which meets on a regular basis in order to promote education, research, translation, publication and application of social ecology principles. They are independent of all political parties. The institute was founded in 2012 and is actively involved in the crisis of the European political economy, especially in Greece.
Dimitrios Roussopoulos is a long-time social ecologist living in Canada whose projects include The Task-Force on Municipal Democracy in Montreal. He is also a founding member of the anarchist press Black Rose Books. In 2012 he founded the Transnational Institute for Social Ecology.
New Compass – Was established in 2011 by a Norwegian collective of activists which bases itself on direct and participatory democracy, social ecology and municipal libertarian assemblies. Its mission is to provide articles and books to build and sustain networks of activists in their quest for social change from the bottom up.
Eirik Eiglad lives in Porsgrunn, the Telemark county of Norway. In the early 1990s he joined the anti-militarist, environmentalist and anti-racist movement and was radicalized as a social ecologist by the work of Murray Bookchin. As a movement activist, writer, translator and editor he has been involved in a range of left-libertarian projects in Norway; organizing seminars, actions, protests and conferences. He is part of a collective that founded New Compass. Publications include: Social Ecology and Social Change, Communalism as Alternative, Social Ecology and Communalism.
Project Censored – Every year Project Censored puts together a book and commentary on its top 25 censored stories of that year. It involves collaboration between teachers and students on the news stories themselves. It is a lively, radical criticism of corporate media and advocates media democracy.
CounterPunch – This radical newsletter not only thinks outside the box in its international political analysis, but it is not afraid to criticize the moderate left-liberals and social-democratic tendencies everywhere. Its irreverence includes criticism of left patron saints.