The Communalist Library

Welcome to the Online Library for the Communalism Discord. We have collected many works both directly and indirectly connected to Social Ecology, Libertarian Municipalism and Communalism. Hopefully you will find this resource useful.

An introduction to Communalism & Social EcologyThe following are helpful introductory texts to get an understanding of the basics of Social Ecology and Communalism, by a variety of authors. They vary in length, from pamphlets to books.

Social Ecology in-depth
Social ecology constitutes the philosophical and anthropological aspects of Communalism's political philosophy. The following works are more in-depth analyses of social ecology from both a philosophical and anthropological perspective.

Politics & Libertarian Municipalism
Libertarian Municipalism is the political strategy developed by Murray Bookchin. The following texts discuss this strategy as well as politics seen through a Communalist lens, from the city to the confederation.

Looking back at Bookchin
These texts reflect on Bookchin's life, work and and legacy, giving more insight into the debates of his time and some insight into the political climate of the times, as well as constructive critiques.

Öcalan and Democratic Confederalism
Democratic Confederalism is the political philosophy developed by Kurdish freedom movement figurehead Abdullah Öcalan, who was inspired by Bookchin among others. Öcalan's more post-modern approach alongside with its increased focus on women's liberation makes it a topic of its own.

The Manifesto of the Democratic Civilization
Abdullah Öcalan's most comprehensive work is his five-volume manifesto, which details Democratic Confederalism's anthropology, philosophy and politics in the most comprehensive manner. Volumes 4 and 5 are yet to be made available in english.

Resources on Rojava
The revolution in Rojava may the be closest there is to a democratic confederalist system working on a large scale. There is much misinformation on Rojava as part of an information war against the revolution. The following resources give a comprehensive overview of the inner workings of the social, political and ecological revolution in North East Syria.

If you prefer listening to reading, then these are the podcasts for you. There's discussion of social ecology as well as adjacent topics, and they're guaranteed to get you think more deeply about these issues.

Videos & Documentaries
There are excellent documentaries out there on international liberatory movements. There is so much to learn and incorporate from these examples.

Organizations & Websites
Below are the websites of various organisations that are related to Communalism in some form or another, focussing on direct action, education and political change. Some websites offer their own learning resources and courses that are highly recommended to check out.