Wild Democracy: A Biodiversity of Resistance and Renewal

Alexander S and Burdon P (2017) Wild democracy: A biodiversity of resistance and renewal. The Ecological Citizen 1: 45–54.

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2017-23

11 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2017

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Samuel Alexander

University of Melbourne - Office for Environmental Programs; Simplicity Institute

Peter D. Burdon

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: August 1, 2017

Abstract

Might the theory and practice of liberal representative democracy need to be rethought in and for the ‘Anthropocene’? What resources are available when trying to orientate oneself in radical political space today? In this paper, the authors draw on varieties of anarchism and Marxism to develop a new, ecocentric political sensibility and practice, which they call ‘wild democracy’. Calling for a ‘biodiversity of resistance and renewal’, this signifies an eco-egalitarian politics that privileges grassroots participation over parliamentary representation, with the aim of transcending capitalism and initiating a degrowth process of planned economic contraction. Focusing attention beyond the ballot box, this analysis attempts to rethink the meaning of political participation in an age of ecological crisis and deepen the understanding of what it means to be an ecological citizen today.

Keywords: Anarchism; eco-anarchism; eco-socialism; Marxism; societal change

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Samuel and Burdon, Peter D., Wild Democracy: A Biodiversity of Resistance and Renewal (August 1, 2017). Alexander S and Burdon P (2017) Wild democracy: A biodiversity of resistance and renewal. The Ecological Citizen 1: 45–54.; U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2017-23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3012368 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3012368

Samuel Alexander

University of Melbourne - Office for Environmental Programs ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

Simplicity Institute

Australia

Peter D. Burdon (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/peter.d.burdon

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