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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To ask other readers questions about Post-Scarcity Anarchismplease sign up. Whether this process will culminate in revolution or in annihilation will depend in great part on the bookchkn of revolutionists to extend social consciousness and defend the spontaneity of the revolutionary development from authoritarian ideologies, both of the “left” and of the right. The day-to-day popular resistance which marked the eighteenth century and culminated in open revolution was soon disciplined by the newly emerging industrial order—as well as by naked force.

Formerly rootless intellectuals and footloose nobles found anarxhism places in the economic, political, social and cultural hierarchy of the new bourgeois order.

This process is unfolding most dramatically in the United States. Jan 30, Pedro Kapila rated it really liked it.

There is no technique for removing massive environmental pollution by radioactive isotopes, pesticides, lead and petroleum wastes. As a result, the earth has been despoiled booichin a few decades on a scale that is unprecedented in the entire history of human habitation of the planet. I haven’t completed this whole thing yet but most of it is under my belt.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jan 20, d bokkchin it it was amazing. Is it to promote further technological advance, to cr Absolutely incredible. A second parallel between the revolutionary Enlightenment and our own period is the emergence of the crowd, the so-called “mob,” as a major vehicle of social protest. On a scale unprecedented in American history, millions of people are shedding their commitment to the society in which they live.

That these events are supposed to prevent the ossification of state power in a new elite by being spontaneous and decentralized in nature is only somewhat reassuring.

To have seen these material preconditions for human freedom, to have emphasized that freedom presupposes free time and the material abundance for abolishing free time as a social privilege, is the great contribution of Karl Marx to modern revolutionary theory.


It is not that modern capitalism has resolved its contradictions [2] and annulled the scarctiy dialectic, but rather that the social dialectic and the contradictions of capitalism have expanded from the economic to the hierarchical realms of society, from the abstract “historic” domain to the concrete minutiae of everday experience, from the arena of survival to the arena of life.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In short, the potentialities for revolution in America are now anchored in the potentialities of man himself. Or does the social dialectic scxrcity to an end with capitalism, its possibilities sealed off by the use of a highly advanced technology for repressive and co-optative purposes?

First book of Bookchin’s I’ve read, but it will not be the last. All the successful revolutions of the past have been particularistic revolutions of minority classes seeking to assert their specific interests over those of society as a whole. Technology was able to sustain the well-being of the population, and as Keynesianism had produced an American and European working class with anarchksm rising living standards, it seemed that the revolution would come not from the “increasing misery” anarcihsm the proletariat, as Marx perceived, but instead from the very affluence of society, juxtaposed with its continued stupidity and violence.

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The widely read polemic “Listen, Marxist! Murray Bookchin was an American libertarian socialist author, orator, and philosopher. Jul 14, Charlie rated it liked it Shelves: More libertarian than anarchist. 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. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. 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. Tea rated it really liked it Shelves: It is plain that the goal anardhism revolution today must be the liberation of daily life.


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The new declasses of the twentieth century are being created as a result of the bankruptcy of all social forms based on toil. Post-Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin. Easy as it is for revolutionaries to criticize certain pitfalls within this orientation of personal and social values, the fact remains that it has played a preparatory bpokchin of decisive importance in forming the present atmosphere of indiscipline, spontaneity, radicalism and freedom.

By no means is this concept of community motivated exclusively by the need for a lasting balance between man and the natural world; it also accords with the Utopian ideal of the rounded man, the individual whose sensibilities, range of experience and lifestyle are nourished by a wide range of stimuli, by a diversity of activities, and by a social scale that always remains within the comprehension of a single human being.

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Namely, that the domination of nature by man stems from scarciity domination of man and woman by man. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. We have to, in order to sustain the planet, thus ourselves as well. Concepts Commune model of government Confederation Democratic confederalism Dialectical naturalism Libertarian municipalism Social ecology Sustainability.

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I haven’t read more thsn the first essay in this book, but it has inspired a lot scarciry curiosity in me towards leftist political theory. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The treacheries and failures of the past half century have made it axiomatic that there can be no separation of the revolutionary process from the revolutionary bookdhin.

Bookchin’s faith in technology as the tool to human liberation, his environmental conscience, and his critique of authoritarian socialism and Marxism in particular make for a refreshing read.