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ise-news 012 :: January 2002

by Institute for Social Ecology Friday, Jan. 18, 2002 at 5:17 AM

Institute for Social Ecology Electronc Newsletter

ise-news January 2002


012 January 2002
Institute for Social Ecology Electronc Newsletter

In this Issue:

  • New HTML Version Available
  • Alternatives to the European Union
  • The Hijacking of History
  • Hot Discussion Topics
  • Upcomming Events

New HTML Version Available

Starting this month, ISE News is now available in two "flavors" -- HTML and plain text. The new HTML flavor features a more readable layout, but requires that the program you use to read your email is capable of displaying this type of email. The plain text flavor will be maintained as our standard newsletter format.

For those interested in changing to the new flavor, instructions can be found at the bottom of this issue of ISE News.


Alternatives to the European Union

This past month, as Belgium's six-month presidency of the European Union came to term, the city of Brussels hosted a crucial inter-governmental EU Summit. The Laeken Summit sought to push the EU's grand scheme of centralization and trade liberalization forward. Some items on the agenda included public services and privatisation, arranging a common asylum, unemployment, education, immigration, and enlarging the Union to the East. With no surprise, the ever-growing movement against profit-driven globalization met the Laeken Summit with large-scale protests questioning the EU's agenda.

In "Alternatives to the European Union", Jonathan Kors, an ISE alumni, critiques the EU while elaborating an alternative which takes democracy seriously. This article was originally published in Demokratisk Alternativ's, a Scandinavian Communalist organization, publication Direct Democracy.

Read the article


The Hijacking of History

By Peter Staudenmaier

For many people involved in the worldwide struggle against capitalism, the past two years had seemed, for once, to offer some promise of progress toward a freer society. History appeared to be taking a rare turn in our favor, with the ranks of the global movement expanding and its politics becoming sharpened and defined. But the massive crimes against humanity perpetrated on September 11 have stifled these hopes and ushered in a new period of uncertainty and peril. The fanatics who hijacked three planes that day were also, in a sense, hijacking history. And in an alarming instance of unconscious symmetry, their intended targets, the military, political, and economic elites of the United States, appear to be intent on completing the job.

Read more


Hot Discussion Topics

Ecological Crisis & Transclass Issues: In the essay "Radical Politics in an Era of Advanced Capitalism" Murray Bookchin argues that Marxist idea that capitalism would create an "internal source of long-term economic breakdown that will presumably create a general interest for a new society" is bankrupt. Instead, Bookchin argues that the ecological crisis will cut across material, ethnic, and cultural lines and the concept of a general social interest may emerge. Rob Augman question if it is realistic to say that the ecological crisis will create that consciousness.


Upcomming Events

Jamaica Study Tour
Wednesday, January 2nd to January 15th, 2002
The Institute for Social Ecology will be hosting a 14-day study tour to Jamaica in early January 2002. Participants in this tour will have the opportunity to study and practice tropical agroecology within the unique social and cultural context of the "land of wood and water." We will observe first hand the impact of globalization on this island nation that depends heavily on tourism and continues to endure the legacy of colonialism. This legacy has given rise to a unique tradition of resistance that is widely recognized through reggae music and the Rastafarian culture.
Location: Jamaica
For further information contact: 1 (802) 454-8493

Biotechnology, Agriculture, and Racism
Friday, January 4th to January 8th, 2001
This four-day intensive study will provide participants with a deeper understanding of the politics, science, and economics of biotechnology, and the connections between biotechnology, racism, and agriculture. The course will also offer a critical perspective on the developing political opposition to biotechnology worldwide.
Location: 1118 Maple Hill Road, Plainfield, Vermont, USA
For further information contact: 1 (802) 454-8493


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