A Practical Guide to an Advanced Means of Social Reorganization
Correspondence & Pamphlets
The 9th Edition
“The right of self-determination of the peoples includes the right to a state of their own. However, the foundation of a state does not increase the freedom of a people.
The system of the United Nations that is based on nation-states has remained inefficient. Meanwhile, nation-states have become serious obstacles for any social development.
Democratic Confederalism is the contrasting paradigm of the oppressed people. Democratic Confederalism is a non-state social paradigm. It is not controlled by a state.
At the same time, Democratic Confederalism is the cultural organizational blueprint of a democratic nation. Democratic Confederalism is based on grassroots participation.
Its decision-making processes lie with the communities. Higher levels only serve the coordination and implementation of the will of the communities that send their delegates to the general assemblies.
For a limited space of time they are both mouthpiece and executive institution. However, the basic power of decision rests with the local grassroots institutions.”
― Abdullah Öcalan, Democratic Confederalism