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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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. Is it to “get even” with the bourgeoisie? He actively sheds the internalized structure of authority, the long-cultivated body of conditioned reflexes, and the pattern of submission sustained by guilt that tie one to the system even more effectively than any fear of police violence and juridical reprisal.

Nor is there the faintest evidence that bourgeois society will relent at any time in the foreseeable future in its disruption of vital ecological processes, in its exploitation of natural resources, in its use of the atmosphere and waterways as dumping areas for wastes, or in its cancerous mode of urbanization and land abuse.

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No less alarming is the fact that we must drastically revise our traditional notions of what constitutes an environmental pollutant. Jul 02, Javier rated it really liked it Shelves: The reason for these failings, I think, is rooted in Bookchin’s conception posr how a revolution ought to proceed.

It is not accidental that at a point in history when hierarchical power and manipulation oost reached their most threatening proportions, the very concepts of hierarchy, power and manipulation are being brought into question.

They are the end products of the process of propertied society itself and of the social problems of material survival.

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

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? He condemns centralization and tight planning of governments, such as the USSR.

If ‘Power to the people’ means nothing more than power to the ‘leaders’ of the people, then the people remain an undifferentiated, manipulatable mass, as powerless after the revolution as they were before. Finally, as in the Enlightenment, we are seeing the emergence scarciry an immense and ever-growing stratum of declasses, a body of lumpenized individuals drawn from every stratum of society.


View history Edit this text Add this text to the bookbuilder Select individual parts for the bookbuilder. 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. The problems of social reconstruction have been reduced to practical tasks that can be solved spontaneously by self-liberatory acts of society.

But what, then, can we say about the billions of humans who live outside of technologically advanced countries? I only read what I could find online – the first five chapters. There can only be the beginnings of selfhood, svarcity emergence of a self that seeks fulfillment—a self that is largely defined by the obstacles it must overcome to achieve realization.

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The possible, in fact, is all that can exist. Close Table of Contents.

Marx, it has been emphasized, examined the preconditions for liberation, not the conditions of liberation. New possibilities for human freedom must combine an ecological outlook with the dissolution of hierarchical social relations, capitalism and canonical political orientation.

Technological advances during the 20th century have expanded production in the pursuit of corporate profit at the expense of human need and ecological sustainability. They have exhausted their social functions as modes of stabilization. anarchjsm

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. They no longer believe in its claims. 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.

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.


Mar 09, Dave bookchni it really liked it Shelves: Unlike other books on anarchism, he doesn’t dwell e This book departs where much of the Anarchist literature lets off. AK Press Collectively-owned, worker-run.

Post-Scarcity Anarchism is a curious book because in some respects it feel outdated — the post assertion that revolution is just around the corner — and in others it’s well ahead of its time — the concern about global warming. And the supposition that those particular set of circumstances can ever reconstitute themselves again, especially in the 21st century, is absurd.

The introduction, and title essay, lay out the particulars of the above argument. I haven’t completed this whole thing yet but most of it is under my belt. While I agree with Bookchin on some of the forms that a reconstituted society may take, his analysis on how we get there is lacking. Read more Read less.

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I am also going to be thinking about how the wisdom in this book translates to my involvement with The Zeitgeist Movement, because I feel there are so many similarities, and yet, Post-Scarcity Anarchism has some important contributions which TZM could definitely learn from.

This molecular movement creates an atmosphere of general lawlessness: No less important is the fact that man can often produce changes in an ecosystem that would vastly improve its ecological quality. What is unique about our era is that the particularistic revolution has now been subsumed by the possibility of the generalized revolution—complete and totalistic. Of course, there amarchism several things wrong with this argument posy foremost of which would be that the very point an ecologically minded society is to shed the shackles of over-consumption, over-production, and economic growth for economic growth’s sake; in line with a society where technology is used as a catalyst to free human beings from as much of the necessary physical toil required to live.

It too must become diversified, balanced and well-rounded.