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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Within a period of little more than two decades, we have seen the collapse of the “American Dream,” or what amounts to the same thing, the steady destruction in the United States of the myth that material abundance, based on commodity relations between men, can conceal the inherent poverty of bourgeois life. Every one bopkchin these revolutions has been marked by extraordinary individuation, by a joyousness and solidarity that turned everyday life into a festival.

Post-Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin. The Best Books of This contradiction also opposes the exploitative organization of society to the natural world—a world that includes not only the natural environment, but also man’s “nature”—his Eros-derived impulses. He actively sheds the internalized scwrcity of authority, the long-cultivated body of conditioned reflexes, and the pattern of submission sustained by guilt that tie one to the system scarclty more effectively than any fear of police violence and anarrchism reprisal.

The fact is that the actions of the general strike took France to the brink of a new society, but they couldn’t seal the deal. Although the word “post-scarcity” sounds absurd in this moment of economic meltdown and peak oil, in it captured anagchism reality of American society that was quite pertinent. By this inversion of the relationship between survival and life, revolution acquires a new sense of urgency. From a socially and culturally fluid condition, highly generalized in its structure and relations, society hardened again into rigid, particularized class and institutional forms—the classical Victorian era appeared not only in England but, to one degree or another, in all of Western Europe and America.


What Night Brings Carla Trujillo. 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.

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The puritanism and work ethic of the traditional left stem from one of the most powerful forces opposing revolution today—the capacity of the bourgeois environment to infiltrate the revolutionary framework. But these efforts require insight and understanding, not the exercise of brute power and manipulation. The mass tends to become demassified in the sense that it begins to assert itself against the really massifying automatic responses produced by the bourgeois family, the school and the mass media.

Details In a series of related essays, Murray Bookchin balances his ecological and anarchist vision with the promising opportunities of a “post-scarcity” era.

Above all, it is we who have to be liberated, our daily lives, with all their moments, hours and days, ajarchism not universals like “History” and “Society. The contradictions within bureaucratic state capitalism permeate all the hierarchical forms developed and overdeveloped by bourgeois society.

In critiquing Marx, he makes Marx relevant.

The point is reached where the greatest social decomposition provides the source of the highest form of bookcbin integration, bringing the most pressing ecological necessities into a common focus with the highest Utopian ideals. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. For example, the more varied the flora and fauna of an ecosystem, the more stable the population of a potential pest. When the time has arrived in history that the state, the city, bureaucracy, the centralized economy, the patriarchal family and the marketplace have reached their historic limits, what is posed is no longer a change in form but the absolute negation of all hierarchical forms as such.


JavaScript seem to be disabled in your browser. Scarcitg is not accidental that at a point in history when hierarchical power and manipulation have reached their most threatening proportions, the very concepts of hierarchy, power and manipulation are being brought into question. Return to Book Page. Though slightly dated now the essays are from the late ’60sthis book constitutes a quick and informative read.

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

As the late Josef Weber emphasized, all organized groups “have the tendency to render themselves autonomous, i. They no longer accept its goals, and, most significantly, they refuse almost intuitively to live by its institutional and social codes.

Oct 23, David rated it really liked it. More than 50 years ago he thoughtfully anticipates the potential of technological development to create a localized participatory economic system. A pioneer in the ecology movement, Bookchin was the founder of the social ecology movement within anarchist, libertarian socialist anarcchism ecological thought.

In “Ecology and Revolutionary Thought,” which has a legacy and influence I whole-heartedly endorse, I feel he at times over-relied on metaphors about ecosystems to function as practical moral laws. The dialectic of bureaucratic state capitalism originates in the contradiction between the repressive character of commodity society and the enormous potential freedom opened by technological advance.

The process develops with all the unevenness, indeed with all the contradictions, that mark every revolutionary trend. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.