I've been on a huge speculative fiction kick, reading several of Robinson's books in the past couple months. It started with 2312, so I very much enjoyed hearing K.S.R. elaborate on some of the themes and scenarios in the novel.
Seen as I appear to be promoting certain periodicals I'll go ahead and add Prairie Struggle to that list.
I just picked up the latest issue (also available as a PDF) and although it's not as flashy as a lot of the "new media" sites, it's aim to spread the ideals of anarchism is an honourable one.
I recommend reading Prairie Struggle's Aims and Principles, but I particularly like the paragraph regarding social revolution:
We recognize that any deeply entrenched system based on power and privilege will not allow itself to be peacefully abolished. True liberation can only be attained by social revolution. For us, the concept of a social revolution is not an abstract metaphor, but, rather a very real social war against every form of oppression. While we don't fetishize violence or armed struggle, we understand it will require revolutionary force on the part of the working class to bring about social emancipation. Such a revolutionary situation can only emerge from social movements and the radicalization of the working class. We advocate radicalization of every struggle. By means of this radicalization and of our involvement in the various resistance movements in which we participate, we encourage the development of an autonomous class consciousness, the only safeguard against political recuperation. We defend, everywhere and always, the autonomous organization and revolutionary self-activity of the working class.
You can pickup a physical copy of Prairie Struggle at Mondragón.
Whatever the cause, be it climate justice, indigenous solidarity, labour activism, Palestine solidarity, feminism, etc., there is very often a book or books that have helped to shape the dialogue around today’s societal challenges and moulded today’s shit disturbers.
I wasn't able to attend this years Anarchist Bookfair, it's too bad it's only an annual event. I would have loved to take part in the type of discourse that took place with so many activists and causes all in the same place.
I recently discovered the plethora of talks Kim Stanley Robinson has done about how human society may conceivably operate in the future.
Unlike many other science fiction authors Robinson embraces the complexity of human evolution and our relationship with technology. His books do not read like science fiction action movies, rather they are epic speculations looking at all the frameworks of society including the economic and political systems and how they may be forced to change and adapt as a result of the global environmental crisis and new technologies.
Robinson says he is an optimist, you can take this as such in that many of his books take place in a future where humans have managed to survive beyond peak oil, global warming, and global Capitalist-Feudalism.
In this particular talk* Robinson outlines many of the realities humans will be forced to address and what the future 200 years from now might look like. If you've read his most recent novel 2312 many of these ideas will be familiar to you.
*FYI it's a fairly lengthy talk, don't let that discourage you from watching it, but be forewarned it's not just for passive consumption.
I just pre-ordered Chris Hedges' newest book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. The book is a collaboration with graphic artist, Joe Sacco, who brings the desperate realities of class warfare to life with his beautiful and tragic illustrations alongside Hedges' words.
In preparation for the book's release Chris Hedges has been making the rounds to some of the more civilized talk shows. His recent interview with Moyers & Company can be seen on Bill Moyer's blog.
A video excerpt from Jeremy Rifkin's recent book The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World, which I haven't read but am definitely adding to my list.