I find interesting the tack he took of defining something in between Anarchism and Marxism. That appeals to me, part of the whole Horizontalism vs verticalism thing. Bookchin had chops in both of them so was well-placed for a synthesis I reckon. And I like his municipalist take on things (Libertarian municipalism) and his ecological concerns (Social ecology).
I listened to an interview ages back on Revolutionary Left Radio with his daughter Debbie Bookchin (The Philosophy of Murray Bookchin: An Interview with Debbie Bookchin). I remember he sounded like a fun Dad - taking her to the cinema, but waiting outside writing political tracts while she watched the films.
He seems a bit cantankerous.
The only other author I can think of who similarly combines brilliant analysis with bad faith caricatures of his perceived adversaries is Murray Bookchin.
Rejecting ecological arguments that blame individual choices, technology, or population growth, Bookchin argues that the ecological crisis is caused by an irrational social system governed by the cancerous logic of capitalism, driven by its competitive grow-or-die imperative and its endless production directed not toward meeting human needs but accumulating profit
Bookchin’s proposal is by far the most sophisticated radical proposal to deal with the creation and collective use of the commons across a wide variety of scales
In the late 1950s, he began to elaborate the importance of environmental degradation as a symptom of deeply entrenched social problems. Bookchin’s book on the subject, Our Synthetic Environment, appeared six months before Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, while his seminal 1964 pamphlet Ecology and Revolutionary Thought introduced the concept of ecology as a political category to the New Left.
1.1. In my garden
Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).
- Social and environmental issues are interconnected and inseparable
- Moving towards an ecological Leninism
- Beyond the horizontal and the vertical
- Capitalism is the root cause of the overshoot of planetary boundaries
- Towards a Liberatory Technology
- Liberatory technology
- Social ecology
- Debbie Bookchin
- Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish Revolution
- Convivial tools
- Beyond Bookchin
- The Next Revolution
- Transition town