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Prosperity Marxism – Episode 7: USA out of NYC

Michael Pelias and Peter Brat­sis dis­cuss alter­na­tives to our cur­rent polit­i­cal system. 

Link to Mur­ray Bookch­in’s essay– https://​thea​n​ar​chistli​brary​.org/​l​i​bra…

Lib­er­tar­i­an munic­i­pal­ism rep­re­sents a seri­ous, indeed a his­tor­i­cal­ly fun­da­men­tal project, to ren­der pol­i­tics eth­i­cal in char­ac­ter and grass­roots in orga­ni­za­tion. It is struc­tural­ly and moral­ly dif­fer­ent from oth­er grass­roots efforts, not mere­ly rhetor­i­cal­ly dif­fer­ent. It seeks to reclaim the pub­lic sphere for the exer­cise of authen­tic cit­i­zen­ship while break­ing away from the bleak cycle of par­lia­men­tarism and its mys­ti­fi­ca­tion of the “par­ty” mech­a­nism as a means for pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tion. In these respects, lib­er­tar­i­an munic­i­pal­ism is not mere­ly a “polit­i­cal strat­e­gy.” It is an effort to work from latent or incip­i­ent demo­c­ra­t­ic pos­si­bil­i­ties toward a rad­i­cal­ly new con­fig­u­ra­tion of soci­ety itself‑a com­mu­ni­tar­i­an soci­ety ori­ent­ed toward meet­ing human needs, respond­ing to eco­log­i­cal imper­a­tives, and devel­op­ing a new ethics based on shar­ing and coop­er­a­tion. That it involves a con­sis­tent­ly inde­pen­dent form of pol­i­tics is a tru­ism. More impor­tant, it involves a rede­f­i­n­i­tion of pol­i­tics, a return to the word’s orig­i­nal Greek mean­ing as the man­age­ment of the com­mu­ni­ty or polis by means of direct face-to-face assem­blies of the peo­ple in the for­mu­la­tion of pub­lic pol­i­cy and based on an ethics of com­ple­men­tar­i­ly and solidarity. 

In this respect, lib­er­tar­i­an munic­i­pal­ism is not one of many plu­ral­is­tic tech­niques that is intend­ed to achieve a vague and unde­fined social goal. Demo­c­ra­t­ic to its core and non­hier­ar­chi­cal in its struc­ture, it is a kind of human des­tiny, not mere­ly one of an assort­ment of polit­i­cal tools or strate­gies that can be adopt­ed and dis­card­ed with the aim of achiev­ing pow­er. Lib­er­tar­i­an munic­i­pal­ism, in effect, seeks to define the insti­tu­tion­al con­tours of a new soci­ety even as it advances the prac­ti­cal mes­sage of a rad­i­cal­ly new pol­i­tics for our day.

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