In this series of essays, Murray Bookchin balances his ecological and anarchist vision with the promising opportunities of a “post-scarcity” era. Technological. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Murray Bookchin is cofounder of the Institute for Social Post-Scarcity Anarchism – Kindle edition by Murray Bookchin. Post-Scarcity Anarchism [Murray Bookchin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Book.

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The essay like the technology one is a breath of fresh air in its synthesis of libertarian, communist ideals with ecological interdependence and respect for the nonhuman world; however, it’s a synthesis that sometimes feels simplistic or at least incomplete. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Published November 1st by AK Press first published Visionary in their insight, it talked about global warming in more radical terms in the mid 60s than we do now, with the vast majority of scientists agreeing that our situation is quite bad. Thinking through the Environment. qnarchism

Post-Scarcity Anarchism

This intuitively feels off to me–I’d think at the very least they coevolved, or if anything it goes the other way around. If the concept of agency intrigues you, and you have a growing suspicion that dependency is at the root of coercive politics, then this will add a bit of fuel to your fire. There is no word that is more sinister in the “revolutionary” vocabulary than “masses.

As a result, the earth has been despoiled in a few decades on a scale that is unprecedented in the entire history of human habitation of the planet.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. So the criticisms of socialism and Marxism, in particular, in this book were very helpful, giving me a different perspective on the subject, that challenged my beliefs. Bookchin certainly makes it clear that he considers historical forms of hierarchy irrelevant. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x He is clearly well-studied in the successes and failures of various past revolutionary bookhin, and his histories are intriguing and insightful.


Jan 30, Pedro Kapila rated it really liked it. Set up a giveaway. Jan 11, ISBN He sees the importance and impact of computers and how size and speed of them would improve over time. A revolutionary group can seek, purposively and scarcitty, to promote the creation of these forms, but if assembly and community are not allowed to emerge organically, if their growth is not matured by the process of demassification, by self-activity and by self-realization, they will remain nothing but forms, like the Soviets in postrevolutionary Russia.

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We have to, in order to sustain the planet, thus ourselves as well. Although the word “post-scarcity” sounds absurd in this moment bookcyin economic meltdown and peak oil, in it captured a reality of American society that was quite pertinent.

Oct 23, David rated it really liked it. Bookcgin “post-scarcity anarchism” is an economic system based on social ecologylibertarian municipalismand an abundance of fundamental resources. For all the insights of this chapter, Bookchin’s enthusiasm for factory farming was unsettling.

A classic by Murray Bookchin that was very illustrative of the development of Murray Bookchin’s thought about politics and ecology. On a scale unprecedented in American history, millions of people are shedding their commitment to the society in which they live.

This book laid out some important criticisms of capitalism, as I had expected it would. However, he’s an anarchist who leans to the left and was a Trotskyite in his young days. The “rioter” has begun to break, however partially and intuitively, with those deep-seated norms of behavior which traditionally weld xnarchism “masses” to the established order.


I think this is an important point and like many things in this book, I will be thinking about for some time, contemplating them, incorporating them into my activism. Murray Bookchin was an American libertarian socialist author, orator, and philosopher.

I gookchin a few chapters. But what, then, can we say about the billions of humans who live outside of technologically advanced countries? Jan 30, Craig rated it it was amazing. But where I differed was in some of his core theoretical premises though if I agree with most of the practical implications, does this really matter?

Murray Bookchin on the Necessity for Post-Scarcity Anarchism against Ecological Destruction

The collection of essays hit on a number of topics orbiting the core notion of corporate profit versus a healthy world and a reestablishment of anarchist ideals in a world okay, a portion of the world in which the struggle seems to be for a larger plasma television rather than for a scrap of food.

They provide the system with the weaponry, the detecting devices and the propaganda media for the threat as well as the reality of massive repression. The liberation of the self involves, above all, a social process. He, similar to Marx, claims that the high development of technology within industrially advanced countries will allow such an anarchist ‘society’ to succeed where so many other similar attempts have failed due to material scarcity–Bookchin argues that our current levels of technology render such concerns rather null and void ; he finds that such technologies have rendered hierarchical socio-politico-economic relations redundant.