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Lessons from the Orignal War on Coal: Class Conflict and the Fossil Economy

By: 
Dayton Maritndale

In Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming, Andreas Malm seeks to determine how and why coal came to uphold “our commerce and our state.” This is not merely an academic exercise: Malm hopes the early days of fossil power might provide some clues as to how the coal industry became the destructive behemoth it is today. If we know how the fossil economy came into being, he suggests, we might be better prepared to end it.

Towards a New Anti-Capitalist Politics

By: 
Jerome Roos

An in-depth assessment of the current malaise of the international left and speculations on a way forward, rooted mainly in struggles over everyday life (reproduction of capital), restoring the commons, and renewing democracy.  From the founder of ROAR Magazine (roarmag.org), but this is a more accessible link to the article, I think.

Why understanding gut reactions is key to building powerful movements

By: 
Brian Martin

This article investigates the influence intuitive thinking has on political decision making. The author advises those involved with non-violent social change to be mindful of 'gut level' reactions and how activists might respond to these in ways that can improve the effectiveness of progresive movements.

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