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Social Ecology and Communalism
Synopses & Reviews
An astute observer of the theoretical and practical limitations of the traditional left, Murray Bookchin sought to develop a refreshingly new political framework. Developing from his earlier works on social ecology—which combined ecological principles with the abolition of social hierarchy and economic inequality— Communalism is a fascinating blend of libertarian municipalism with the best of the anarchist and Marxist traditions.
These essays, collected for the first time, represent the final works of Murray Bookchin, co-founder of the Institute for Social Ecology and the author of dozens of articles and books.
Eirik Eiglad is the editor of the journal Communalism.
Book News Annotation:
The four essays collected in this volume, originally written between 1989 and 2002, essentially provide a basic and accessible introduction to the mature thought of the late radical sociopolitical philosopher, Murray Bookchin (1921-2006), whose greatest influence has been within North American environmental activist and left- libertarian circles. In the essays, he lays out his theory of social ecology, which connects the will to dominate nature to the emergence of human hierarchies and later the development of capitalism; discusses the role of the city in developing a radical ecological politics; defends social ecology against other trends of environmental and social thought; and describes his theory of communalism, an attempt to go beyond what he perceived as the failures of Marxism, anarchism, and revolutionary syndicalism, along with its relationship to libertarian municipalism. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The main themes of visionary social theorist Murray Bookchin's work collected in one volume.
About the Author
Murray Bookchin is cofounder of the Institute for Social Ecology. An active voice in the ecology and anarchist movements for more than forty years, he has written numerous books and articles, including: Anarchism, Marxism and the Future of the Left, Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism, The Spanish Anarchists, The Ecology of Freedom, Urbanization Without Cities, and Re-enchanting Humanity. He lives in Burlington, Vermont. Eirik Eiglad has been involved in radical politics since the early nineties, as a writer, translator, and organizer. He is the editor of the journal Communalism, and is a member of the political organization Demokratisk Alternativ. Eirik Eiglad recently co-founded The Center for Social Ecology in Scandinavia.
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