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Learning and Education for a Better World: The Role of Social Movements

This is a book for activists, students, scholars of social movements and adult education and for the public interested in the contemporary movements of our times. From the streets of Barcelona and Athens, the public squares in Cairo, Tunis and … Continue reading

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Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization

Has subversion become outdated? Has political art become conformist under the guise of criticality? With the proliferation of committed or socially engaged art practices, currently featured and supported by notable public and private institutions, come many questions regarding its impact … Continue reading

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From Arab Spring to global revolution

In an excerpt from his book Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere, Paul Mason argues that a global protest movement, based on social networks, is here to stay. Two years on from the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the new Egyptian … Continue reading

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The Winter Chilean Students Said, Enough!

In sum, what was different and more important about this third cycle of student protests in democratic Chile? With respect to differences, university students consolidated an autonomous identity unconnected to political parties and developed a strong mobilization resource base. Innovative … Continue reading

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Student Protests: A Sociologist perspective

I approach student activism as an academic sociologist motivated by the question of why students, as a group, seem so often to be involved in political struggles around the world, compared with other social groups, and why, as some of … Continue reading

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Student Activism on Campus: It’s Not Just for Lefties Anymore

When talk turns to college student activism, most people will conjure up images reminiscent of the anti-war movement of the 1960s. But when it comes to campus politics, the students doing the acting are not just on the left and … Continue reading

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Work, Learning and Freedom

Noam Chomsky outlines a libertarian perspective on work and education, arguing that freedom is the root of creativity and fulfillment. If I had the time I would spend far more time doing work on language, philosophy, cognitive science, topics that … Continue reading

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Training as Action

Training for acts of civil disobedience can delve deeper than the actions themselves. Usually, direct action training is what it sounds like: training in preparation for a direct action. Sometimes, however, the training itself is the action. Consider this story. The members … Continue reading

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Strategizing for a Living Revolution

With the help and feedback of many activists from a number of countries I’ve created a strategic framework that aims to support today’s activists, something like the way Otpur activists were supported by their strategy. I call it a strategy … Continue reading

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Social Movements – A diversity of tactics, a paucity of participants

Ward Churchill, Peter Gelderloos and others have argued that the option of using violence needs to be available to movements fighting entrenched power, even alongside mass participation in nonviolent tactics like occupations and strikes. “Why tie our hands behind our … Continue reading

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