The Permaculture Global Village and Murray Bookchin’s Libertarian Municipalism.
Libertarian Municipalism & Permaculture
Wikipedia permaculture entry:
“Permaculture is a design system which aims to create sustainable human habitats by following nature’s patterns.”
Definitions of Permaculture
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
Fukuoka san’s comment in an interview where Fukuoka san, Bill Mollison and Wes Jackson were present:
“The confusion started when humans ate the Fruit of Knowledge. Adam and Eve were thrown away from the Garden of Eden.
The only way to get back is to throw away the knowledge! Just become foolish like a bird or baby.”
http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/stibbe-handbook-of-sustainability/chapters/commons-thinking Justin Kenrick The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy, Arran Stibbe. Supported by University of Brighton, Faculty of Arts: Sustainability Network.
“Commons Thinking: the ability to envisage and enable a viable futurethrough connected action,”
Justin Kenrick, University of Glasgow, and PEDAL Portobello Transition Town
“What is Commons Thinking?
The Commons are life-sustaining or life-enhancing resources and services that have not
been divided up and assigned a monetary value in the global economy but instead are shared
freely among members of a community or group. They range from the air we breath, pollination
provided by bees, land that provides food for gathering and sharing rather than selling,
to words of comfort given freely and willingly rather than at an hourly rate.
Pitted against the Commons, however, are the forces of Enclosure, which attempt
to appropriate, own and sell resources that were once freely accessible, often breaking
up communities and displacing people in the process. Commons regimes are communities
which resist these forces and meet people’s needs primarily or significantly through the
Commons rather than through monetary exchange, existing both in the forests of the Amazon
and in the last remaining tight-knit local communities in cities around the world…
This chapter aims to describe one important skill for rebuilding political, community and
Click for pdf download of the full chapter ‘Commons Thinking’ from the Handbook for Sustainability Literacy
On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM, Lawrence London wrote:
> [Libertarian Municipalism & Permaculture: Could they co-exist in a > synergistic relationship, mutually beneficial to one another?] >
> Murray Bookchin and Libertarian municipalism
> I had heard of Murray Bookchin long ago but never knew what his work was > about.
> This is why the years 1950 to 1980 are so incredibly important. Amazing > thinking and how I never ran across this before is beyond me. > We should be paying more attention to the Kurds, and the Yazidis too. >
> Libertarian municipalism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarian_municipalism
> Libertarian Municipalism: an ideology adopted by the Kurds currently > fighting ISIS: “The overriding problem is to change the structure of > society so that people gain power. The best arena to do that is the > municipality (village) where we have an opportunity to create a > face-to-face democracy.” (en.wikipedia.org)
> http://www.reddit.com/r/GreenParty/comments/2jvldj/libertarian_municipalism_an_ideology_adopted_by/ >
> Libertarian municipalism
> From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
> Libertarian municipalism is a political program developed by libertarian > socialist theorist Murray Bookchin, to create democratic citizens’ > assemblies in towns and urban neighborhoods. The assemblies in these free > municipalities join together to replace the state with a
> directly-democratic confederation.
> Bookchin became an advocate of face-to-face or assembly democracy in the > 1950s, inspired by writings on the ancient Athenian polis by H. D. F. Kitto > and Alfred Eckhard Zimmern. For the concept of confederation, he was > influenced by the nineteenth-century anarchist thinkers. Bookchin tied > libertarian municipalism to a utopian vision for decentralizing cities into > small, human scaled eco-communities, and to a concept of urban revolution. > Libertarian municipalism uses the strategy of dual power to create a > situation in which two powers—the municipal confederations and the > nation-state—cannot coexist.
> Bookchin’s The Rise of Urbanization and the Decline of Citizenship (1986) > is an overview of the historical conflict between city and nation-state, > which also presents his municipalist program. In Burlington, Vermont, > Bookchin attempted to put these ideas into practice by working with the > Northern Vermont Greens, the Vermont Council for Democracy, and the > Burlington Greens, retiring from politics in 1990. His ideas are summarized > succinctly in Remaking Society (1989) and The Murray Bookchin Reader > (1997).
> While Bookchin long placed libertarian municipalism within the framework > of political Anarchism, in the late 1990s he broke with anarchism and in > his final essay, The Communalist Project (2003), identified libertarian > municipalism as the main component of Communalism. Communalists believe > that libertarian municipalism is both the means to achieve a rational > society and structure of that society.
> Another program in which independent communities form a confederation was > written by the Swiss historian and philosopher Adolf Gasser. His work > led an alternative proposal for a European community – the so-called > Council of European Municipalities and Regions – which was co-founded by > Gasser in 1951. It still exists today, but has limited power since the > centralized European model became the European organization with the real > power.
> Libertarian municipalism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia >
> Main article: Libertarian municipalism
> Starting in the 1970s, Bookchin argued that the arena for libertarian > social change should be the municipal level. In a 2001 interview he > summarized his views this way: “The overriding problem is to change the > structure of society so that people gain power. The best arena to do that > is the municipality — the city, town, and village — where we have an > opportunity to create a face-to-face democracy.” In 1980 Bookchin used > the term “libertarian municipalism”, to describe a system in which > libertarian institutions of directly democratic assemblies would oppose and > replace the state with a confederation of free municipalities. > Libertarian municipalism intends to create a situation in which the two > powers—the municipal confederations and the nation-state—cannot > coexist. Its supporters—Communalists—believe it to be the means to > achieve a rational society, and its structure becomes the organization of > society.
> A friend of mine wrote this comment and sent it to me in email recently: > “This is the same idea that’s been around since Jericho; local > self-government, mutually decided upon by all adults in the community. It’s > the old New England town councils. Just with a new name. In fact it’s much > the same as the idea behind Nestor Makhno’s anarchism, where local villages > would all be self-governing.”
> Nestor Makhno – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
> Makhnovism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
> The Nestor Makhno Archive
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