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Community Land Trust Movement Imagines Its Future

The gathering, designed to commemorate the founding of the nation’s first community land trust 50 years ago, was held earlier this month at Resora, a 1,638-acre farm (a little over two-and-half square miles of land) located about seven miles from Albany, Georgia—a farm that New Communities acquired in 2011. The site also includes an 85-acre shallow lake with cypress trees springing up seemingly magically from the middle, pointing to the sky.

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Crisis After Crisis: 10 Years After the Crash, There’s No ‘Reforming’ Global Capitalism

The real battle is now between two post-globalization camps: democratic socialists… and fascists. By Walden Bello via Portside It is now clear that financial crises are not discrete events but are linked phenomena that have been unleashed on the globe ever since the financial markets were liberalized during the Reagan-Thatcher era in the early 1980s. To take just the three most prominent crashes, surplus capital that could not find profitable domestic outlets after the Japanese bubble burst in the late 1980s found...

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Intercommunalism

On September 5, 1970, Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party (BPP), introduced his theory of intercommunalism at the Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.1 He later expanded on this theory before an audience at Boston College in November of that year, and then again In February 1971 during a joint talk he gave with psychologist Erik Erikson across several days at Yale University and later in Oakland.2 Newton’s opening remarks at Yale lasted over an hour...

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How radical municipalism can go beyond the local

Climate change, global finance, the neoliberal state: today’s crises require action on a big scale. And yet fighting for local democracy is - perhaps counter-intuitively - the best chance we've got. The next part in our series from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE via The Ecologist Throughout this series, we’ve argued that the best way to address today’s ecological, social, and political crises is to get people together where they live and work to provide resources that people need – eventually building...

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Solidarity Economy

Building an Economy for People and Planet A paper by Emily Kawano for The Next System We stand at the brink of disaster. The fragilities of the 2008 global economic meltdown remain, prompting warnings of another financial collapse from the likes of billionaire financier George Soros and the International Monetary Fund. Inequality in wealth and income are at historic highs, with all of the attendant dangers of concentrated wealth and power, along with the burdens that fall disproportionately on communities of...

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Resist and Build: Discussing Solidarity Economy with Emily Kawano

via The Next System Emily Kawano, coordinator of the US Solidarity Network, Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS), and co-director of the Wellspring Cooperative in Springfield, Massachusettes, joins us to discuss her work on the Solidarity Economy. Adam Simpson: You’re listening to the Next System Podcast. Our guest is Emily Kawano, a coordinator at the US Solidarity Economy Network, a board member of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS). She is also the Co-Director of the Wellspring...

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