Democratic Confederalism in Kurdistan — Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret (18 April 2016)| Co-operative Economy / Corporate Watch

Taking Sides

Source(s): Co-operative Economy / Corporate Watch

[Related: Turkey’s New Left — Cengiz Gunes (2017)|New Left Review 107, September-October 2017 / The Turkish Invasion of Afrin: an interview with Dr. Cengiz Gunes]


Lead photo caption: A commune meeting in Amude in Rojava’s Cizîrê canton, November 2015

The Kurdish region is currently undergoing a transformation. People are organising themselves in grassroots people’s assemblies and co-operatives, declaring their autonomy from the state and their wish for real democracy. Feminist and anti-capitalist ideas are flourishing. These changes are inspired by a new idea: democratic confederalism. These movements have the capacity to transform the reality of millions of people in Kurdistan, and potentially spread to the wider Middle East. Last year we visited Bakur, the part of Kurdistan within Turkey’s borders, and Rojava, the Kurdish majority autonomous region in Syria. This article examines the theory and practice of democratic confederalism in Bakur and…

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4 thoughts on “Democratic Confederalism in Kurdistan — Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret (18 April 2016)| Co-operative Economy / Corporate Watch

  1. BTW: as a companion piece to this, you should also read Examing the revolution in Rojava — Review by Emma Wilde Botta | International Socialist Review. It’s a ‘critical’ take on the interpretation of the implementation of ‘democratic confederalism’ as you read it in Anderson’s and Egret’s piece although not a reading of that piece, but of a book written by “. . . by three active participants in the Kurdish movement, Michael Knapp, Anja Flach, and Ercan Ayboga,” and with a similar slant.

    As Botta puts it,

    The book [and by implication Anderson’s and Egret’s piece, since it is written through the same optic] has four central weaknesses: it romanticizes Rojava, lacks a class analysis, mischaracterizes the Syrian opposition, and distances Rojava from the Syrian revolution.

    Things to keep in mind . . .

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  2. I read and attached this to the reblog.

    Maybe some day, after all hell breaks loose, what’s left of humanity will remember this system and recreate the world with it!

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