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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It is also just simply highly enjoyable in the way that Bookchin is at his curmedgeon-ey best.

Post-Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin

Oct 23, David rated it really liked it. The absolute negation of the state is anarchism—a situation in which men liberate not only “history,” but all the immediate circumstances of their everyday lives.

Technological advances during the 20th century have expanded production in the pursuit of corporate profit at the expense of human need and ecological sustainability. First book of Bookchin’s I’ve read, but it will not be the last.

Technologists have developed miniaturized substitutes for large-scale industrial operation—small versatile machines and sophisticated methods for converting solar, wind and water energy into scarvity usable in industry and the home. Affinity group Synthesis anarchism Platformism.

Bookchin’s faith in technology as the tool to human liberation, his environmental conscience, and his critique of authoritarian socialism and Marxism in anarchims make for a refreshing read. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Unfortunately for Bookchin, his own view seems to be rooted in the circumstances of the late s, which are no more applicable to the 21st century than were those of the mid 19th century of Marx.

Volumes have been written on the pollution of the atmosphere and waterways, on the destruction of tree cover and ansrchism, and on toxic materials in foods and liquids. Revolution, in fact, acquires not only a new sense of urgency, but a new sense of promise.


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The same uneven, contradictory and cumulative development exists today, and in many cases it follows a remarkably direct course. Annarchism the era when technological advances and cybernation have brought into question the exploitation of man by man, toil, and material want in any form whatever, the cry “Black is beautiful” or “Make love, not war” marks the transformation of the traditional demand for survival into a historically new demand for life.

The power of man over man can anarhism destroyed only by the very process in which man acquires power over his own life and in which he not only “discovers” himself but, more meaningfully, in which he formulates his selfhood in all its social dimensions. Although it was an important intervention to political discourse at the time, this mode of thinking now creates an anti-labor sentiment among much of radical ecology, from the social ecology to primitivism.

He repeatedly cites Vaneigem and Debord, for example, and he insists “the goal of revolution today must be the liberation of everyday life. Bookchin was way ahead of his time, for example the article “Ecology and Revoltionary Thought”, fromtalks about the possibility that CO2 emissions could cause a global warming which could have pots effects for the planet. This was published back inand its ecological analysis was already sketched out in Our Synthetic Environment which Bookchin published in before Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.

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Feb 28, Sarah rated it really poost it. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you scsrcity link to download the free Kindle App. In eighteenth century France, radical ideology oscillated between a rigid scientism and a sloppy romanticism. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? More than 50 years ago he thoughtfully anticipates the potential of technological development to create a localized participatory economic system.


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. Excellent insights into what makes working class prospects dismal, even at their supposed best. There is no substitute for the hydrological systems of the earth.

Scacrity hierarchical forms which nurtured propertied society for ages and promoted its development—the state, city, centralized economy, bureaucracy, patriarchal family, and marketplace—have reached scarcuty historic limits. No longer are we faced with Marx’s famous choice of socialism or barbarism; we are confronted with the more drastic alternatives of anarchism or annihilation.

I haven’t completed this whole thing yet but most of it is under my belt. For all the insights of this chapter, Bookchin’s enthusiasm for factory farming was unsettling. If man had to acquire the conditions of survival in order to live as Marx emphasizednow he must acquire the conditions of life in order to survive.

Sep 09, Velvetink marked it as to-read. By their centralistic nature, the resources of abundance reinforce the monopolistic, centralistic and bureaucratic tendencies in the political apparatus.

Post-Scarcity Anarchism

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. 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.

Post-Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin. Boolchin should sit down and read the damn thing.