Murray Bookchin is cofounder of the Institute for Social Ecology. He lives in Burlington, Vermont. Post-scarcity Anarchism : With a New Introduction. Murray Bookchin.
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In a series of related essays, Murray Bookchin balances his ecological and anarchist vision with the promising opportunities of a "post-scarcity" era. Surpassing Marxist political economy, which was rooted in an era of material scarcity, Bookchin argues that the tools necessary for the self-administration of society have largely been developed and, that, combined with an ecological outlook have greatly altered our revolutionary landscape.
Technological advances made during the twentieth century have expanded production greatly, but in the pursuit of corporate profit and at the expense of human need and ecological sustainability. Far from a time when "capital accumulation" could be considered a prerequisite for liberation, the working class now more than ever can dispel the myth that obstructions such as the state, hierarchical social relations, and political parties vanguards are necessary appendages to their struggle for freedom.
Bookchin's utopian vision, rooted in the realities of contemporary society, remains refreshingly pragmatic. Perhaps his most influential collection of essays includig the legendary 'Listen Marxist' 'Ecology And Revolutionary Thought' this new third edition includes a new preface from the author.
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Introduction to the First Edition. Introduction to the Second Edition. Introduction to the Third Edition. Post-Scarcity Anarchism.
Preconditions and Possibilities. The Redemptive Dialectic. Spontaneity and Utopia. 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. The great bourgeois revolutions of modern times offered an ideology of sweeping political reconstitution, but in reality they merely certified the social dominance of the bourgeoisie, giving formal political expression to the economic ascendancy of capital. The lofty notions of the "nation," the "free citizen," of equality before the law," concealed the mundane reality of the centralized state, the atomized isolated man, the dominance of bourgeois interest.
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