" This fantastic guest editorial by Debbie Bookchin in the latest issue of ROAR Magazine lays a roadmap for bringing a new egalitarian society into being.
politics is about much more than bringing a progressive agenda to city
hall, important as that may be. Municipalism — or communalism, as my
father [Murray Bookchin] called it — returns politics to its original
definition, as a moral calling based on rationality, community,
creativity, free association and freedom. It is a richly articulated
vision of a decentralized, assembly-based democracy in which people act
together to chart a rational future. At a time when human rights,
democracy and the public good are under attack by increasingly
nationalistic, authoritarian centralized state governments, municipalism
allows us to reclaim the public sphere for the exercise of authentic
citizenship and freedom. Municipalism demands that we return power to
ordinary citizens, that we reinvent what it means to do politics and
what it means to be a citizen. True politics is the opposite of
parliamentary politics." "