DEMOCRATIC CONFEDERALISM, also known as APOISM or DEMOCRATIC
FEDERALISM, is a libertarian socialist and direct-democratic
political system developed by
* 1 History * 2 Platform * 3 See also * 4 References
Öcalan, who is the leader of the Kurdistan Workers\' Party , founded
this ideology while in prison. While originally a Marxist–Leninist
organization, the organization modified their views as Öcalan began
According to Öcalan, his ideology is rooted in participatory democracy and autonomy at the local level.
The stronger the participation the more powerful is this kind of democracy. While the nation-state is in contrast to democracy, and even denies it, democratic confederalism constitutes a continuous democratic process.
Main article: Politics of Rojava
Adherents do not see the revolutionary overthrow of a state as a way to create sustainable change. Rather, social issues and issues relating to freedom and justice must be resolved by a democratic-confederal process. If a nation-state chooses to go on the offensive, however, supporters may resist with the self-defense force of the democratic confederation (such as the People\'s Protection Units , YPG).
Adherents allow the creation of a global confederate assembly which
could put forward a platform of civil liberties, as an alternative to
The ideology has experienced a growth in interest since adherents such as the YPG of the Rojava conflict have engaged in combat against ISIS .
* ^ Drott, Carl. "The Syrian Experiment with "Apoism"". Carnegie Middle East Center. Retrieved 30 October 2017. * ^ Öcalan, Abdullah ."Democratic Confederalism. Transmedia Publishing Ltd., 2011. p. 21. * ^ "The new PKK: unleashing a social revolution in Kurdistan" in RoarMag.org * ^ "Anarchists vs. ISIS: The Revolution in Syria Nobody\'s Talking About". Retrieved 29 November 2015. * ^ Öcalan, Abdullah ."Democratic Confederalism. Transmedia Publishing Ltd., 2011. p. 26-27. * ^ Öcalan, Abdullah ."Democratic Confederalism. Transmedia Publishing Ltd., 2011. p. 32. * ^ Öcalan, Abdullah ."Democratic Confederalism. Transmedia Publishing Ltd., 2011. p. 31. * ^ "After Kobani victory, Kurds expand fight aga