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  1. Addresbuch Alternativer Projekte
    Resource Type: Book
    Over 500 pages (5" x 7 1/2), written mostly in German. An extensive European resource guide to alternative projects. Contains several indices including an index of the alternative press.
  2. Alternate Societies
    A brief survey on intentional community in European history

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1993
    A brief outline of the history of attempts in western society to create living arrangements which would complement, and in some cases further, efforts to become economically independent.
  3. Alternative America
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1990
    12,150 organizations, mainly American, listed geographically by zip code, and again alphabetically. A subject keyword index referring to group numbers only.
  4. Alternative Americas
    An informal history by the grandmother of the counter-culture

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1982
    A history of decentralist and co-operative alternatives in the United States, centering especially on the work of Ralph Borsodi.
  5. Alternative Library Literature 1986-1987
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1988
    An anthology of writings about alternative literature and sources and producers of alternative literature, as well as about libraries themselves, and about what is happening within libraries to make them more relevant and activist in their orientation.
  6. Alternative Library Literature 1988-1989
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1990
  7. Alternative Materials in Libraries
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1982
    Handbook with extensive bibliographies. What, where, how and why to buy Alternative and small press publications for libraries - also useful for individuals and bookstore.
  8. The Alternative Movement, Press, and Literature of West Germany
    An Introduction with Lists of Alternative Serials, Publishers, Distributors, and Selection Tools

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1988
  9. Another world is possible if...
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2004
    Susan George suggests that we can create a new and better world -- if we act together to bring about changes. She discusses the ifs and hows.
  10. Begin at Start
    Some Thoughts on Personal Liberation and World Change

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    Sue Negrin talks about her experiences in the hip, free school, mysticism, New Left, feminist and gay movements; how she sees them shedding old skins and coming together in a new way.
  11. Breaking the Bonds
    The Realities of Sexually Open Relationships

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1982
    An examination of the lives of (American) people involved in socially and/or sexually open relationships.
  12. Building Economic Alternatives
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1992
    Moffatt outlines many currently practiced methods of creating an alternative economy.
  13. Canadian Information Sharing Service
    Volume 1, Number 4 - November 1976

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1976
  14. Canadian Information Sharing Service
    Volume 1, Number 5 - January 1977

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1977
  15. The Case for Grassroots Archives
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions.
  16. A Citizen Legislature
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1985
    Arguing from the premise that the present electoral system is unrepresentative and promotes corruption, the authors propose going back to the Athenian system of choosing representatives: by lottery.
  17. The Communist Manifesto
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1848
    Written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as the theoretical and practical platform of the Communist League, a workers' association.
  18. The Communistic Societies of the United States
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1965
    Describes a dozen Utopian societies.
  19. Connexions Annual 1989
    A Social Change Sourcebook: Information and ideas about social and environmental alternatives

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    The Connexions Annual is simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives.
  20. The Connexions Annual 1989: A Social Change Sourcebook
    Information and Ideas About Social and Environmental Alternatives

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1989
    The 1989 edition of the Canadian directory of grassroots groups working for social and environmental alternatives.
  21. Connexions Annual 1994
    A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1994
    Simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives. The bulk of the Annual is devoted to listings of grassroots groups. It also contains a series of introductory articles surveying a wide range of social and environmental issues and possibile alternatives.
  22. The Connexions Annual: Introductions to the directory & its sections
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1994
  23. Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1994
    A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rights, civil liberties, social change.
  24. Connexions Archive seeks a new home
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    The Connexions Archive, a Toronto-based library dedicated to preserving the history of grassroots movements for social change, needs a new home.
  25. Connexions Digest
    Issue 54 - February 1992- A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1992
  26. Connexions Directory of Canadian Organizations for Social Justice 1987
    Volume 10, Number 2-3 - Winter 1987 - A Digest of Resources and Groups for Social Change

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1987
  27. Critique of the Gotha Programme
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1875
    Karl Marx's criticisms of the programme adopted by congress to unite the two German socialist parties in 1875.
  28. For Our Common Future
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1989
    Most Canadians seem brainwashed by two myths: (1) Work is scarce; not enough work for everyone; and (2) Money is scarce; Canada cannot afford full employment.
  29. Four Futures
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Capitalism will end. Maybe not soon, but probably before too long; humanity has never before managed to craft an eternal social system, after all, and capitalism is a notably more precarious and volatile order than most of those that preceded it. The question, then, is what will come next.
  30. Global Imperative
    Harmonizing Culture and Nature

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1992
  31. Global Visions
    Beyond the News World Order

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1993
    This book seeks to establish how our diverse globalizing world can be turned into a common home. The authors create a dialogue about the two types of globalization occurring in the world: globalization from above and globalization from below.
  32. Goodman, Paul
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    American sociologist, poet, writer, anarchist, social critic, and public intellectual. (1911-1972).
  33. The Green Alternative
    Creating an Ecological Alternative

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1987
  34. Group Marriage
    A Study of Contemporary Multilateral Marriage

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
    A study of more than 100 group marriages in the United States, exploring the psychology and sociology of this form of marital relationship. The study looks at how group marriages are established, who enters into such relationships, how they communicate, how children and adults relate, how conflicts are resolved.
  35. Inaugural Address of the International Workingmen's Association
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1864
    Speech by Karl Marx to the founding meeting of the First International.
  36. International Blacklist 1983
    An Anti-Authoritarian Directory

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1983
    An International directory of anti-authoritarian groups and publications. P. 123 has a list of documentation centres on anarchism. P. 139 has publishing houses and disributors.
  37. Interview with Ulli Diemer
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1990
    Jeff Orchard interviews Ulli Diemer about socialism, capitalism, life, and social change.
  38. Libertarian Socialism
    Resource Type: Article
    Overview of libertarian socialism.
  39. Manifestos, Programs, Visions
    Selected Manifestos - Political Statements - Programs

    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2016
    A selection of left manifestos, programs, poltical statements and visions from the 1600s to today.
  40. Marxism.ca
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2016
    A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
  41. Marxists Internet Archive
    Resource Type: Website
    Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
  42. Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2013
    In contrast to the traditional view that Marx's work is restricted to a critique of capitalism – and that he consciously avoided any detailed conception of its alternative – this work shows that Marx was committed to a specific concept of a post-capitalist society which informed the whole of his approach to political economy.
  43. Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory
    Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called “the battle of memory”. Mainstream media and institutions of power consign inconvenient histories, struggles, and alternative visions to what George Orwell called “the memory hole.” People’s history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions. Their role is particularly important as official archives are forced to restrict acquisitions, limit access and discard materials as funding is slashed.
  44. Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27).
  45. My politics in brief
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
  46. The Need for Alternative Employment
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1989
    An alternative economy would enable movement people to integrate their bread labour with their social change work.
  47. News and Letters
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
  48. News & Letters: Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2006 - 2007
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2006
    We aim to help fill the void on the question of "what happens after" by creatively rethinking and restating his concept of "revolution in permanence" for today.
  49. A Political Statement of the Libertarian Socialist Collective
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1979
    The socialist perspective, as we see it, implies a total critique of human society as it is presently constituted. Socialism means a total transformation of life and social institutions - a project of collective self-transformation.
  50. Prefigurative politics
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    The concept of building a new world in the shell of the old.
  51. The Psychic Grid
    How We Create the World We Know

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1983
  52. Putting Power in its Place
    Create Community Control!

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1992
    Essays arguing for the devolution of government and putting forward workdable models, many of them tested in practice, of how we might restructure society to better represent the full diversity of its parts. Watershed stewartship, community forest boards, local currencies, and eco-constitutions are some of the ideas discussed.
  53. The Red Menace
    A libertarian socialist newsletter

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1980
    Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, and terrorism.
  54. The Regina Manifesto: Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Programme
    Resource Type: Article
    Adopted by the founding convention of the CCCF in Regina, Saskatchewan, July, 1933.
  55. Resource Manual for A Living Revolution
    A Handbook of Skills & Tools for Social Change Activists

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1985
    A manual for people who are concerned or angered by the deterioration of our society and who, because they have some sense that their efforts can have an effect on change, are looking for tools to transform it. It is a working reference for those who are prepared to act to create a better life for themselves and others.
  56. Resources For Radicals
    An Annual Review of Books and Publications for Those Active in Movements for Social Change

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1997
    An annotated list of resources -- books and periodicals -- for people working for non-violent social change.
  57. Semiotext[e]
    Resource Type: Book
  58. Shunpiking
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    The term shunpiking comes from the word shun, meaning "to avoid", and pike, a term referring to turnpikes, which were roads which required payment of a toll to travel on them. People who often avoid toll roads sometimes call themselves shunpikers. Shunpiking has also come to mean an avoidance of major highways (regardless of tolls) in preference for bucolic and scenic interludes along lightly traveled country roads. For some, practice of shunpiking involved a form of boycott of tolls (rather than just avoidance of them for financial reasons) by taking another route, perhaps slower, longer, or under poorer road conditions.
  59. '68: The Year of the Barricades
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1988
    Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening around the world.
  60. Social Change & Alternatives Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
    Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources

    Resource Type: Website
    A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to alternatives and social change in the Sources directory for the media.
  61. Socialism and Revolution
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
    Representative democracy in every industrially advanced country is in a state of profound crisis. But we have been accustomed for so long to accept democracy in the form of its outward appearances and parliamentary institutions that its decay often does not become apparent to us until those institutions have been either brushed aside or reduced to a purely decorative role.
  62. SOS Alternatives to Capitalism
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2014
    An investigation of the alternatives to capitalism, including socialism, anarchism and deep ecology.
  63. SOS Alternatives to Capitalism: A discussion with Richard Swift
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Montreal Serai had the opportunity to discuss SOS: Alternatives to Capitalism – a handy, slim compendium of vital, essential thoughts and discussions on the concept of an alternative economy and society – with Richard Swift.
  64. Steal This Book
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1971
    A guide to fighting government and corporations. The book is divided into three sections, "Survive!", "Fight!" and "Liberate!"
  65. The Temporary Autonomous Zone
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1991
    I believe that by extrapolating from past and future stories about "islands in the net" we may collect evidence to suggest that a certain kind of "free enclave" is not only possible in our time but also existent. All my research and speculation has crystallized around the concept of the TEMPORARY AUTONOMOUS ZONE (hereafter abbreviated TAZ).
  66. Thoughts on a Timely Narrative for the Left
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    "Without a story every battle is lost”, formulated the authors of the Wu Ming group, whose name demonstrators in Rome had on their shields which protected them from the police clubs. With the naming of great authors and narratives of world literature on their book shields they were indicating that power does not shy back from violently attacking even intellect and beauty.
  67. Thunder on the Left
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The paradox of the present situation is that capital is weak—but the radical left is much weaker. Alternatively, capital is economically weak, but much stronger politically, less because of mass ideological commitment to the system than because of the weakness of credible anti-capitalist alternatives.The present moment — a protracted crisis of the capitalist system — should offer a more favourable terrain for the anti-capitalist left to put forward alternative perspectives.
  68. Toolkit for a New Canada
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2008
    A pamphlet providing a snapshot of what the contributors, brought together by Canadian Dimension magazine, believe are the big issues facing Canada in the first decade of the 21st century. The articles are all short and offer concrete suggestions for the way forward.
  69. Towards a Decentralist Commonwealth
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1979
    Could the basic structural concept of common ownership of society's resources for the benefit of all ever be achieved, institutionally, in ways which fostered and sustained, rather than eroded and destroyed, a cooperative democratic society?
  70. Visionaries
    People and Ideas to Change Your Life

    Resource Type: Book
  71. Voyages To Utopia
    From Monastery to Commune - The Search for the Perfect Society in Modern Times

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    The story of William McCord's exploration of utopian communities, both in person and through literature.
  72. The Waffle Manifesto: For an Independent Socialist Canada
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1969
    The founding statement of the Waffle group within the New Democratic Party.
  73. What Do We Do Now? Building a Social Movement in the Aftermath of Free Trade
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1989
    We have the potential to create a social movement in this country that goes beyond single-issue organizing to work toward an integrated vision of a more just and caring society.
  74. What is Libertarian Socialism?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1977
    Revolution is a collective process of self-liberation: people and societies are transformed through their struggles for freedom and for a better world.
  75. Why Do Communities Fail?
    Resource Type: Article
    The strains that take their toll on community groups.
  76. Yes, There is an Alternative!
    A review of Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism, by Peter Hudis

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Peter Hudis has written a valuable analysis of what Marx said on a critical issue. In this sense it reminds me of Hal Draper’s volumes on Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution. Hudis’s subject matter differs from Draper’s in that it deals with what comes after the revolution, rather than with how we get there. It also differs in method: While Draper was centrally concerned with Marx’s politics, Hudis, writing in what’s called the Marxist-Humanist tradition, sees engagement with Hegel’s dialectic as an essential part of creating a Marxism adequate to ever-changing times.

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