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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Views Read Edit View history. It is plain that the goal of revolution today must be the liberation of daily life. In short, they furnish the state with historically unprecedented means for manipulating and mobilizing the entire environment of life—and for perpetuating hierarchy, exploitation and unfreedom. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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

Books by Murray Wnarchism. Short of manipulating humanity’s germplasm, the life-impulses can be annulled only with the annihilation of man himself. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

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This surreal dimension of the revolutionary process, with its explosion of deep-seated libidinal forces, grins irascibly through the pages of history like the face of a satyr on shimmering water. Although the word “post-scarcity” sounds absurd in this moment of economic meltdown and peak oil, in it captured a reality of American society that was quite pertinent.

An active voice in the scacrity and anarchist movements for more than forty years, he has written numerous books and articles, including: Formerly rootless intellectuals and footloose nobles found secure places in the economic, political, social and cultural hierarchy of the new bourgeois order.


May 10, Hauntology McGruff rated it really liked it Shelves: Good analysis of 68 Paris and interesting notions of work as toil. This is one of Bookchin’s most interesting books I’ve read.

A libertarian society can be achieved only by a libertarian revolution. In short, it tends to transcend every particularistic critique of the society and to evolve into a generalized opposition to the bourgeois order on an ever broadening scale.

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Bookchin is an idealist, and on a certain level that hurts this book — instead of detailed solutions there’s flowery prose about affinity groups and ecological justice. New possibilities for human freedom must combine an ecological outlook with the dissolution of hierarchical social relations, capitalism and canonical political orientation.

In its concrete details, the disintegrating social process is nourished by many sources. The development of giant factory complexes and the use of single or dual-energy sources are responsible for atmospheric pollution. Men do not remove their ties of bondage scarctiy become fully human merely by divesting themselves of social domination and obtaining freedom in its abstract form. The absolute negation of the patriarchal family is liberated sexuality—in which all forms of sexual regulation are transcended by the spontaneous, untrammeled expression of eroticism among equals.

They are the end products of the process of propertied society itself and of the social problems of material anarchims. In a society whose belly is distended to the bursting point with revolution, whose chronic state is an unending series boockhin labor pains, whose real condition is a mounting emergency, only one thought and act is relevant—giving birth.

He claims rightly, I think that humans cannot be ‘led’ to emancipation–freedom cannot be dictated or legislated, Bookchin argues, as Marxist-Leninists seem to think.

Dec 28, Jonathan rated it it was amazing. The concentration of radioactive wastes in living things is a menace to the health and genetic endowment of nearly all species. In the hippies’ tribalism, in the drop-out lifestyles and free sexuality anarchisn millions of youth, in the spontaneous affinity groups of the anarchists, we bopkchin forms of affirmation that follow from acts of negation.


This landmark of collection of essays is, along with Paul Goodman’s bookchib the Line”, perhaps the finest American contribution to Anarchist thought in the latter part of the 20th Century. I haven’t read more thsn the first essay in this book, but it has inspired a lot of curiosity in me towards leftist political theory.

Description In this series of essays, Murray Bookchin balances his ecological and anarchist vision with the promising annarchism of a “post-scarcity” era. Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Spanish-language text. Nearly every revolutionary uprising in the history of our time has been initiated spontaneously by the self-activity of “masses”—often in flat defiance of the hesitant policies advanced by the revolutionary organizations.

Freedom cannot be “delivered” to the individual as the “end-product” of a “revolution”; the assembly and community cannot be legislated or decreed into existence.

Return to Book Page. Each individual can then take control of his daily life. Along with its positive aspects, technological advance has a distinctly negative, socially regressive side.

It challenges the capitalist ideal of agriculture as a factory operation, organized around immense, centrally controlled land-holdings, highly specialized forms of monoculture, the reduction of the terrain to a factory floor, the substitution of chemical for organic processes, anarchismm use of gang-labor, etc.