In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talked with several people involved in a new confederation of groups called Symbiosis, which includes libertarian socialist groups such as the Libertarian Socialist Caucus of the DSA, Black Socialists of America, as well as projects and organizations such as Woodbine in New York, Cooperation Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi, and Demand Utopia in Portland, Oregon.
While these groups are very different, they all are interested and involved in building up both dual power and grassroots infrastructure in their areas. In this episode, we ask a fundamental question: what does this process look like expanded out beyond the local?
Towards this end, we talk about what established groups like Cooperation Jackson are involved in and what things Symbiosis hopes to achieve, as well as some ideas about how dual power projects could break past simply new groups re-inviting the wheel every time a new group forms.
This September, we are convening a movement congress in Detroit, to deliberate and launch a new continental confederation building radical democracy and dual power across North America.#SymbiosisLaunch
— Symbiosis (@SymbiosisRev) January 7, 2019
We end by talk about how Symbiosis is holding a conference at the end of the summer, what is next for the confederation of groups, have a critical discussion about the role of electorialism in the libertarian municipalist framework, and much more.