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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A vast critique of the system develops—the actual Enlightenment itself, two centuries ago, and the sweeping critique that exists today—which seeps downward and accelerates the molecular movement at the base. I also was impressed with his critique of Marxism and the more boring, narrow-minded, overly dogmatic tendencies within the Left “Listen, Marxist! This contradiction also opposes the exploitative organization of society to the natural pot world that includes not only the natural environment, but also man’s “nature”—his Eros-derived impulses.

And the supposition that those particular set of circumstances can ever reconstitute themselves again, especially in the 21st century, is absurd.

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scarclty Dec 14, Josie rated it it was amazing. Even more immediate is the contradiction between the exploitative organization of society and man’s Eros-derived impulses—a contradiction that manifests itself as the banalization and impoverishment of experience in a bureaucratically manipulated, impersonal mass society.

The basis for a whole human being is a rounded society; the basis for a free human being is a free society. If it is true, as Guy Debord observes, that “daily life is the measure of everything: 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.

This shift from predictable, highly organized protests within the institutionalized framework of the existing society to sporadic, spontaneous, near-insurrectionary assaults from outside and even against socially acceptable forms reflects a profound change in popular psychology.

The essay like the technology one is a breath of fresh air in its synthesis of libertarian, communist ideals with ecological interdependence bookchim respect for the nonhuman world; however, it’s a synthesis that sometimes feels simplistic or at least incomplete.


Looking for beautiful books? Bookchin certainly makes it clear that he considers historical forms of hierarchy irrelevant. Scarciyt plus technology plus a life-time background in revolutionary politics produces Bookchin’s masterpiece. A few chance events resulted in the entire movement withering away is short order.

However, he’s an anarchist who leans to the left and was a Trotskyite in his young days. Revolution as self-activity is not unique to our time.

To Remember Spain Murray Bookchin. Technological advances during the 20th century have expanded production psot the pursuit of corporate profit at the expense of human need and ecological sustainability. Essentializing face-to-face interactions, the major technologically driven social phenomenon that he does not fully anticipate is the advent of social media and its role in facilitating authentic interpersonal connections the authenticity of these connections is debatable but that the possibilities move qualitatively past the telephones of his day is not.

Is it to promote further technological advance, to create an even greater abundance of goods than exists today? Raises a lot of valid criticisms and useful concepts, not only for analyzing the past, but for building the future we want and need.

Despite their sweeping ideological claims, the particularistic revolutions replaced the rule of one class by another, one system of exploitation by another, one system of toil by another, and one system of psychological repression by another.

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It is the most concise exposit There is a very good reason why this is considered one of Murray Bookchin’s best works. Important book to read regarding future technology and potential freedom from bopkchin burdens.

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AK Press Collectively-owned, worker-run. Fascinating book, even if I disagree with much of it politically. As Raoul Vaneigem has observed: I really liked the in depth discussions poxt specific revolutions because usually people are critical of them from a “communism is bad” perspective, or they worship lenin. Written in the s and ’70s, the work suffers from a certain datedness, but the essays on ecology and technology turned out to be futuristic.


The declasses of the eighteenth century were formed during a slow transition from scarcitty agricultural to an industrial era; they were created out of a pause in the historical transition from one regime of toil to another. Return to Book Page.

Radical publishing and distribution since The problem of alienation can never be completely resolved apart from the revolutionary process itself, but it can be guarded against by an acute awareness that the problem exists, and partly solved by a voluntary but drastic remaking of the revolutionary and his group.

Is it to promote further technological advance, to cr Absolutely incredible.

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

In the last of their great insurrections, the sans-culottes of anarfhism French Revolution rose under the fiery cry: Get to Know Us. Also worth noting is that while much of this is dated particularly the essay on technologyit is forward thinking enough to mostly still apply particularly impressive, for the s, is his two warnings about the warming potential of fossil fuels.

In Marx’s view, capitalism as a system organized around “production for the sake of production” results in the economic immiseration of the proletariat. We have to, in order to sustain the planet, thus ourselves as well. Bonanno John Zerzan Bob Black. Each individual can then take control of his daily life.

Thermal pollution, the result mainly of warm water discharged by nuclear and conventional power plants, has had disastrous effects on the ecology of lakes, rivers and estuaries. It simply becomes a matter of “clearing away the furniture” that outdated and flawed Marxism has cluttered in anarcchism minds, and grasping towards a politics of dissolving class society into the free development of all.

But these efforts require insight and understanding, not the exercise of brute power and manipulation.