Category Archives: Governance

By the people, through the people, for the people.

There is no Europe, no Humanity.

refugees-brought-gorilla“Where is the Humanity?”
“Europe, what happened to you?”

This is the mantra, repeated again and again every time I hear New Europeans, talking about their situation here, in Greece. They appeal to the conscience of Europe. They appeal to humanity.

Dear new neighbors, I will tell you a secret. There is no Europe. There is no Humanity. There is no one big — happy or not — human family. Continue reading There is no Europe, no Humanity.

Possible ways of grassroots integration

for new settlers: migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Europe

What?

schroedinger-immigrantFor the sake of this document, „grassroots integration” is understood as a way of cooperation with „new settlers1”, who just arrived to Europe, to restore their empowerment with the help of their friends and allies among European societies. This is the logical extension of volunteer help in their transit from outside of Europe to their chosen (or, recently, forced) destinations.

The goal of this activity is to make as many new settlers as possible independent, accomplished and happy members of their local communities. Continue reading Possible ways of grassroots integration

Rojava and Bakur. A Kurdish Anarchist perspective

72-Height-JPG-LogoMy dear friend and colleague, Zaher Baher (ZB), just recently published an article Our attitude towards Rojava must be Critical Solidarity and generously invited me to provide my perspective on the topics covered there.

The Author is much more involved and much better informed in the field of developments in Rojava and Bakur than I can ever dream to be. He is also much more mature and established in his political stance than I can be — as I still consider myself a soul-searcher. Trying to best him on his own turf would be much above my normal level of chutzpah. Continue reading Rojava and Bakur. A Kurdish Anarchist perspective

More like a village

a different kind of cooperative

If one happened to see a cooperative around today (not a very widespread species), it is most probably a workers’ of farmers’ one. This type is predominant now and sets the standards in public thinking.

Workers’ Coop peculiarities1

Workers’ (or employees’) cooperative emerged as a way to counterbalance capitalism. As a logical extension of the concept of guilds, when artisans became workers and the owners (and, later, financial investors) took the power. As such, this kind of cooperative is focused on (and limited to) the workplace area. Its goal is to change the internal governance of the company, so the actual employees have dominant voice in management. It takes away (or redistributes evenly) the power of ownership, be it direct or through financial investment, and transfers it to those who are directly involved in the work process. In context of the most generic definition (A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.2), the primary need this type of cooperative caters for is employment, and the way to fulfill it is self-management. Continue reading More like a village

The Settlers

Towards a network of support for ex-refugees and their hosting communities

It is not about what they did to you. It is about what you did with what they did to you.

the-settlersLooking ahead, I see a great opportunity for European communities. The influx of refugees not only brought a lot of business to economies involved and released a lot of social energy (which hopefully will be later available to deal with other problems). It also forced large part of population out of their comfort zones, giving an opening for new thinking and new social practices2.

In this text I will try to outline a concept of international network to support the process of integration of migrants in the places they stay and live for longer. Neither the newcomers nor the hosting community are involved in it by choice – this is essential. But they (we) are involved anyway. And still we have enough margin within the confines imposed by „powers that be” to make the best out of it – best for us all. Continue reading The Settlers

Towards Liberatory Technology

This text is intended as an opening for the constructive discussion about development of liberatory technology (as coined by Murray Bookchin in his writings1) in the realm of European anarchist movement and its kindred spirits.

If there is one single question this text struggles to answer, it is „How to develop a technological component of a free society, to support prefiguration of confederated and freedom-oriented communities?

If there is one single goal of the travel that begins with this text, it is formation of a Special Interest Group to discuss and coordinate all technology developments done by its members, within the anarchist movement and beyond it.
Continue reading Towards Liberatory Technology

House of Glass

Remarks on change of Europe

“People who live in glass houses
shouldn’t throw stones.”

In 2014, detections of illegal border-crossing reached a new record, with more than 280 000 detections. The unprecedented number of migrants crossing illegally the external borders has roots in the fighting in Syria that has resulted in the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. Indeed, most of the detections at the borders concerned migrants from Syria, who later applied for asylum within the EU”1

In 2015, however, between January and August, this record is no more. 344 000 people at least entered EU area, in the illegal attempt to preserve their Life, Freedom and – even more frown upon – pursuit of Happiness.

The Europe is trembling. Even those, who firmly stood together when it came to the public bollocking of Greece, now parted European solidarity, refusing to serve rich states’ needs as voluntary (or not) filtration camps, let alone to assimilate newcomers.

Facing possible influx of people at the level of 3% (of total population) within the next couple years, the European Union seriously claims it is a huge danger for its identity and integrity. To me it is a sign of grave internal problems, not of an external threat.

Let us try to see what is actually wrong with Europe, why it is so and what are possible scenarios for the future – and what we can do for ourselves to make it a bit better.
Continue reading House of Glass

The March of the 10 000 000

“abandoned in northern Mesopotamia, without supplies other than what they could obtain by force or diplomacy, the 10,000 had to fight their way northwards through Corduen and Armenia, making ad hoc decisions about their leadership, tactics, provender and destiny, while the King’s army and hostile natives barred their way and attacked their flanks.”

Whatever good or bad we may say about the Greeks, their recent struggle to regain their own country, their independence, is much more impressive than the attempted coup of Cyrus the Younger, which started the original Anabasis. Since 2008, Greek society was struggling with the consequences of their own vices, their greedy oligarchy, their rotten political class and the international banksters, marauding left and right.

Until 2013 they developed vast network of solidarity economy, effectively becoming a parallel one, replacing both state and capitalist economy wherever they failed to fulfill needs of the people. With the raising hopes for Syriza-created government, much of this momentum was lost. The energy was redirected to support Syriza in its ice-breaking mission, which culminated last winter and recently failed. Continue reading The March of the 10 000 000