Population & Migration, Dysophia 2

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Author: Dysophia/Various Authors
Publisher: Active Distribution
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Published: 2010
Format: Pamphlet
Size: 5.75 x 8.5
Page count: 88
Subjects: Anarchism, Immigration, Climate Change
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Migration, population and climate justice are highly emotional topics already the subject of much detailed writing, with many good texts. However, less is written using a particularly anarchist analysis of how they link-up. Thus, we do not go into exhaustive detail on these issues but to demonstrate a) how they are all inter-connected; and b) how an anti-authoritarian critique of the underlying issues and prevailing attitudes can help build communities of resistance and solidarity. We hope that as well as filling this gap, this pamphlet will be a starting point for various debates that still need to be had.

The range of topic and treatment of issues should provide materials to satisfy every reader, whether those new to anarchism or those well versed in the standard texts. Half the articles appear for their first time in this publication; the rest are a selection of texts which we felt were valuable contributions to the debate or demonstrated the solidarity and awareness we are calling for in action. We would have liked to have included is material from No One Is Illegal on migration and The Corner House on population and climate change. Unfortunately, we have been constrained by space, but we urge anyone who wishes to explore these issues further to start with them (see resources). We have not included discussion of primitivist arguments in relation to population as critiques of that strand of green anarchist thought have been well covered elsewhere.

The relationship between all the overlapping circles which we highlight here can be problematic and tense at times. The aim of Dysophia is to provide an introduction to concepts connected to ‘green anarchism’ and provide a space for a variety of viewpoints. With this in mind, we welcome a contribution from Tomas exploring the arguments around the controversial ‘Third Ethic’ of permaculture, which in some forms is defined as a limit to population and consumption as a form of sustainability. This has a special relevance today with the current attack on the “Welfare State” and the Government's particular emphasis on restricting support to large families and migrants. The inclusion of the text of a 1890s trade union leaflet arguing against a call for controls on Jewish migrants demonstrates how old these issues really are.

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