Social Ecology: A Quick Introduction

Social ecology is a critical theory coined by the late philosopher and political activist Murray Bookchin in the 1960s, and is associated with the pro-technology and directly-democratic side of the green movement. It conceives of human society and nonhuman nature needing to relate to each other in non-hierarchical and complementary ways, and can be seen... Continue Reading →

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What is Solarpunk?

From the perspective of the early 21st century, things look pretty grim. A deadly cocktail of crises engulf the people of planet Earth and all other forms of biotic life which share it: a geopolitical crisis, an economic crisis, and a worsening ecological crisis due to global warming, which stems from a political-economic system that... Continue Reading →

Why “Social” Anarchism?

You may have wondered why I keep referring to social anarchism rather than just anarchism when I talk about the subject. Social anarchism is in fact what most who understand anarchism are referring to when they talk about "anarchism" without another word in front of or after it.  It is an ethical-political traditional which (contrary... Continue Reading →

Solarpunk Virtues

Pending a fuller elaboration of a social anarchist system of ethics I'm currently developing, I thought I'd share what I consider to be some good guiding principles (virtues) of solarpunk as an approach to the world.  The ethical system is going to be a form of consequentialism which incorporates elements of virtue ethics, drawing a... Continue Reading →

Democracy or Autonomy?

   While social anarchists have always used the word autonomy – meaning self-directedness as well as free association – there’s been a certain ambivalence about the word democracy. This can be confusing for newcomers who start reading anarchist literature and see direct democracy being described as anarchistic in one book and lambasted in another. The... Continue Reading →

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