Symbiosis – a network of community organizations across North America,  building a democratic and ecological society from the ground up

Symbiosis is a network of community organizations across North America,  building a democratic and ecological society from the ground up. We are fighting for a better world by creating institutions of participatory democracy and the solidarity economy through community organizing, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city. Our political strategy is to build dual power through these institutions of grassroots democracy. …

Finding Pathways to a Better Future, by John Foran

In any given society, there usually exist multiple political cultures of opposition, for people do not necessarily share the same experiences, speak similar idioms, or respond as one to the call of formal ideologies. The most effective revolutionary movements of history found ways to tap into whatever political cultures emerged in their society and to bridge the gaps between them, …

Equality is the basis of a fair and free society, says Elizabeth Anderson

By Nathan Heller in The New Yorker. Our real concern should be equality not in material benefits, Anderson argues, but in social relations: democratic equality. American stories trace the sweep of history, but their details are definingly particular. In the summer of 1979, Elizabeth Anderson, then a rising junior at Swarthmore College, got a job as a bookkeeper at a bank in …

Roots of Liberation

Reflection from Richard Rohr, Roots of Liberation, Sunday, June 24, 2018  One of the great themes of the Bible, beginning with the Hebrew Scriptures and continued by Jesus and Paul, is “the preferential option for the poor.” I call it “the bias toward the bottom.” The Hebrew people’s exodus out of slavery, and YHWH’s complete identification with them, is the pattern of …

On Contact: Age of Anger with Pankaj Mishra

November 2017 interview We are looking at the expression of this re-sentiment/resentment that can assume many different forms, but we have to look at the underlying sources of that, which are enormous processes of disposition, dislocation, and psychological and spiritual disorientation.  People now desperate for meaning, bonding together in these forms of negative solidarity, invoking a sense of community by excluding …