Murray Bookchin urges us to know the root and possible outcome of our views

“What I am arguing for is the need to closely examine the premises of one’s views, and the ways they could potentially unfold if they are not critically examined and subjected to rational evaluation.”
– Murray Bookchin from the introduction to Which Way for the Ecology a Movement.

I fell into this statement today during some casual reading. The context for the statement is a deconstruction of some of his contemporaries that identified as “deep ecologists.” I appreciate it for it’s radically reflective mandate.

The first two things that come to mind while reading Bookchin’s introduction to “Which Way for the Ecology a Movement” are the exclusionary practices of some vegan and environmental groups, and the argument over whether or not “liberalism” or “the right” is the fastest path to fascism. You’ve likely seen the latter used strategically in opposition politics.

In our current political environment, I generally view this question as purposely muddled and void of context. The people who often raise this question in today’s mainstream discourse often serve merely as talking heads for some variant of Neoliberalism/colonialism—or they’re just flat-out reactionary. Their desired goal in either case is to build up to some form of witch-hunt. It’s often pulls real revolutionaries and innovators into the crosshairs of those guiding the campaign.

On the other hand, for example, when looking at the very pro-environmental perspectives of fascist regimes of the past, you can start to see the need to apply “rational evaluation” to our thinking around our pressing environmental challenges.


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Last Saturday’s Show Notes

The burning question on our minds: Could we get the world back on track if we cancelled the debt of the nations and the global working class? It’s an idea that you hear amidst discussions of solutions to the global economic crisis, and it’s far more historically grounded in reality than you might assume. We’ve been inspired by the writing of those such as David Graeber and Murray Bookchin, as well as the Occupy movement’s work on the debt alleviation issue with Strike Debt and Rolling Jubilee. WC mentioned these campaigns throughout the week last week, and we wanted to get deeper into the broader details and circumstances.

The video below is a wonderful discussion from this year’s Global Uprisings conference featuring David Graeber, along with Silvia Federici (in absentia), and George Caffentzis. I first came across this on ROAR magazine on Twitter. It’s lengthy, but believe me, it’s worth the view. They explore the circumstances of contemporary work environments and the nuances of the debt structure.

Climate and Action

We also discussed the climate talks that took place in Warsaw, and the frustration expressed by attendees of the green movement: We also discussed how the global climate discussion is being coopted by multinational capitalists, and the cycle of such coopting and marginalization of successful or urgent grassroots social justice campaigns. This frustration with the swindling of the dialogue is expressed clearly in this statement from Oxfam‘s Celine Charveriat:

“We need to tell them you are not allowed to make a mockery of this process. We can’t continue to watch in silence. Enough is enough.”

Here in the states we’ve heard many statements on the importance of diversifying our energy supply to include much more sustainable/renewable sources by our politicians, including many from president Obama throughout his presidency; with a spike during both of his presidential campaigns. However, the realities of hydro-fracking and dirty coal are still causing massive destruction to our surroundings, and there seems to be very little political will by our politicians to curb the rapid expansion of these forms of resource extraction.

We then moved on to discuss how we’ve let ourselves get duped by special interests before, and the importance of all working class people to step forward and take more control over this discussion. We also explored the parallels between the climate situation and the debate over guns; and the use of the race card, and how special interests like the NRA are playing the same game when it comes to the development of any sort of rational gun policy. One example would be the recent murder of Renisha McBride, and the counter narrative being espoused by right-wing pundits related to a grossly exaggerated “epidemic” of the violent pranking known as “Knock Out.”

We also expressed a little of our own frustration over mayor Rahm’s privatization parade, and how the “negotiated” solutions often leave us in a soar place, paying more for weaker service and no accountability.


Big Muddy Brewing’s Galaxy IPA

We “sampled” Southern Illinois Brewery Big Muddy’s Pale Ale, brewed with American Cascade hops and the soothing notes of caramel malts. This one finishes with a citrusy and bitter hint that doesn’t linger. We’re endorsing this one for your Thanksgiving after-meal drink. We balanced this just a hint of caramel malt sweetness. A delicious American Pale Ale full of fragrant and flavorful hops.along with a wonderfully dark and caramelly holiday ale.


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Revolution and Beer TV Show Episode 1

We talk how to enjoy beer, hydraulic fracturing, and alternative energy at Chicago’s Hopleaf. Our guests were Michael Roper, of the Hopleaf; Dr. Lora Chamberlin, of Don’t Frack Illinois; and David Funcheon, of 101 Celsius.

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