Post-Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin

By Murray Bookchin

During this sequence of essays, Murray Bookchin balances his ecological and anarchist imaginative and prescient with the promising possibilities of a “post-scarcity” period. Technological advances in the course of the twentieth century have increased construction within the pursuit of company revenue on the fee of human desire and ecological sustainability. New chances for human freedom needs to mix an ecological outlook with the dissolution of hierarchical social kinfolk, capitalism and canonical political orientation. Bookchin’s utopian imaginative and prescient, rooted within the realities of latest society, is still refreshingly pragmatic. “Book-chin makes a trenchant research of recent society and provides a pointed, provocative dialogue of the ecological crisis.”—Library Journal

Murray Bookchin has been an energetic voice within the ecology and anarchist routine for greater than forty years.

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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. The vast mass of declasses and sans-culottes was largely absorbed into the factory system and tamed by industrial discipline. Formerly rootless intellectuals and footloose nobles found secure places in the economic, political, social and cultural hierarchy of the new bourgeois order. From a socially and culturally fluid condition, highly generalized in its structure and relations, society hardened again into rigid, particularized class and institutional forms—the classical Victorian era appeared not only in England but, to one degree or another, in all of Western Europe and America.

In contrast to surface-water pollution, the pollution of ground or subsurface water is immensely difficult to eliminate and tends to linger on for decades after the sources of pollution have been removed. " This despairing, apocalyptic description of the water pollution problem in the United States really applies to the world at large. The waters of the earth are literally dying. Massive pollution is destroying the rivers and lakes of Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as the long-abused waterways of highly industrialized continents, as media of life.

Formerly rootless intellectuals and footloose nobles found secure places in the economic, political, social and cultural hierarchy of the new bourgeois order. From a socially and culturally fluid condition, highly generalized in its structure and relations, society hardened again into rigid, particularized class and institutional forms—the classical Victorian era appeared not only in England but, to one degree or another, in all of Western Europe and America. Critique was consolidated into apologia, revolt into reform, declasses into clearly defined classes and "mobs" into political constituencies.

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