Post-scarcity Anarchism

Author: Murray Bookchin

Publisher: A K PressDistribution

ISBN: 9781904859062

Category: History

Page: 199

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From the 'Working Classics Series ' comes this modern anarchist classic, bringing an inspiring vision of how a non-hierarchical, ecologically minded and non-capitalist society can equitably meet human needs. Bookchin argues that material scarcity need no longer plague human history. Through the dissolution of hierarchical relations, social and cultural potentials can now be fulfilled in our 'post-scarcity' era.

Now and After

The ABC of Communist Anarchism

Author: Alexander Berkman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Anarchism

Page: 297

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Working Classics

Poems on Industrial Life

Author: Peter Oresick,Nicholas Coles

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252061332

Category: Poetry

Page: 269

View: 9466


A diverse collection of 169 poems by 74 poets writing about blue- collar America at work. Arrangement is by author, with indexing that gives access by subjects such as accidents, after work, bosses, various industries, retirement, sabotage, pride in work. The theme of work is a central and evocative one, and this collection brings its importance home. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Next Revolution

Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy

Author: Murray Bookchin

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781685827

Category: Political Science

Page: 220

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From Athens to New York, recent mass movements around the world have challenged austerity and authoritarianism with expressions of real democracy. For more than forty years, Murray Bookchin developed these democratic aspirations into a new left politics based on popular assemblies, influencing a wide range of political thinkers and social movements. With a foreword by the best-selling author of The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin, The Next Revolution brings together Bookchin’s essays on freedom and direct democracy for the first time, offering a bold political vision that can move us from protest to social transformation. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Anarchy in Action

Author: Colin Ward

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1629633186

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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The argument of this book is that an anarchist society, a society which organizes itself without authority, is always in existence, like a seed beneath the snow, buried under the weight of the state and its bureaucracy, capitalism and its waste, privilege and its injustices, nationalism and its suicidal loyalties, religious differences and their superstitious separatism. Anarchist ideas are so much at variance with ordinary political assumptions and the solutions anarchists offer so remote, that all too often people find it hard to take anarchism seriously. This classic text is an attempt to bridge the gap between the present reality and anarchist aspirations, "between what is and what, according to the anarchists, might be." Through a wide-ranging analysis—drawing on examples from education, urban planning, welfare, housing, the environment, the workplace, and the family, to name but a few—Colin Ward demonstrates that the roots of anarchist practice are not so alien or quixotic as they might at first seem but lie precisely in the ways that people have always tended to organize themselves when left alone to do so. The result is both an accessible introduction for those new to anarchism and pause for thought for those who are too quick to dismiss it.

The Philosophy of Social Ecology

Essays on Dialectical Naturalism

Author: Murray Bookchin

Publisher: Black Rose Books Limited

ISBN: 9781551640181

Category: Nature

Page: 183

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Decades ago when the concern over the ecology centred around problems of conventional environmentalism, Murray Bookchin was already at work formulating his unique philosophy of social ecology, offered here in this second, revised edition.

Social Anarchism Or Lifestyle Anarchism

An Unbridgeable Chasm

Author: Murray Bookchin

Publisher: A K PressDistribution

ISBN: 9781873176832

Category: Political Science

Page: 86

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This book asks - and tries to answer - several basic questions that affect all Leftists today. Will anarchism remain a revolutionary social movement or become a chic boutique lifestyle subculture? Will its primary goals be the complete transformation of a hierarchical, class, and irrational society into a libertarian communist one? Or will it become an ideology focused on personal well-being, spiritual redemption, and self-realization within the existing society? In an era of privatism, kicks, introversion, and postmodernist nihilism, Murray Bookchin forcefully examines the growing nihilistic trends that threaten to undermine the revolutionary tradition of anarchism and co-opt its fragments into a harmless personalistic, yuppie ideology of social accommodation that presents no threat to the existing powers that be. This small book, tightly reasoned and documented, should be of interest to all radicals in the "postmodern age", socialists as well as anarchists, for whom the Left seems in hopeless disarray.

Toward an Ecological Society

Author: Murray Bookchin

Publisher: Montréal : Black Rose Books

ISBN: 9780919618985

Category: Nature

Page: 315

View: 1972


"Bookchin's great virtue is that he constantly relates his theories to society as it is."George Woodcock"Bookchin is capable of penetrating, finely indignant historical analysis. Another stimulating collection."In These Times"A work that gives abundant evidence of its author's position at the centre of debate."Telos

Social Ecology and Communalism

Author: Murray Bookchin

Publisher: A K PressDistribution

ISBN: 9781904859499

Category: Nature

Page: 118

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A collection of essays by the late Murray Bookchin, the acclaimed writer and activist who spent most of his life working towards a better world. The basic premise of social ecology is to re-harmonise the balance between society and nature, to create a rational ecological society - aims that are increasingly vital and increasingly a part of the mainstream political discourse. This collection of essays give an overview and introduction to his ideas.

Green Syndicalism

An Alternative Red/Green Vision

Author: Jeff Shantz

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815651880

Category: Nature

Page: 214

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It is widely understood that the burdens of ecological destruction are borne disproportionately by working-class and poor communities, both through illness and disease caused by pollutants and through the depletion of natu­ral resources from which they make a living. Yet, consistently, the voices of the working class are the most marginalized, excluded, and silenced discussions about how to address ecological concerns and to protect the environment from future destruction. Both mainstream environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, and the radical environmental­ists, such as EarthFirst!, are reluctant to engage with working class and poor communities, often viewing blue-collar workers as responsible for the destruction these groups are trying to prevent. In Green Syndicalism, Shantz issues a call to action to the environ­mental movement and labor activists, those who represent the work­ing class, to join forces in a common struggle to protect the environment from capitalism, corporate greed, and the extraction of resources. Shantz argues for a major transformation to address the "jobs versus the environ­ment" rhetoric that divides these two groups along lines of race and class. Combining practical initiatives and theoretical perspectives, Shantz offers an approach that brings together radical ecology and revolutionary unionism in a promising vision of green politics. Green syndicalists work as coalitions to increase community-based economics and productive decision making that encourages the participation of all stakeholders in the process. Drawing, in part, on his own experiences growing up in a working-class family and organizing within radical ecology and labor movements, Shantz charts a path that accesses the commonalities between these groups in an effort to take on the forces that destroy the environment, exploit people, and harm their communities.

Remaking Society

Pathways to a Green Future

Author: Murray Bookchin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780896083721

Category: Political Science

Page: 222

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Argues that the solution to today's global ecological crisis depends on decentralized democratic communities, ecologically safe technologies, organic agriculture, and humanly scaled industries

Fully Automated Luxury Communism

Author: Aaron Bastani

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781786632623


Page: 208

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A different kind of politics for a new kind of society--beyond work, scarcity and capitalism The first decade of the twenty-first century marked the demise of the current world order. Despite widespread acknowledgement of these disruptive crises, the proposed response from the mainstream remains the same. Against the confines of this increasingly limited politics, a new paradigm has emerged. Fully Automated Luxury Communism claims that new technologies will liberate us from work, providing the opportunity to build a society beyond both capitalism and scarcity. Automation, rather than undermining an economy built on full employment, is instead the path to a world of liberty, luxury and happiness. For everyone. In his first book, radical political commentator Aaron Bastani conjures a new politics: a vision of a world of unimaginable hope, highlighting how we move to energy abundance, feed a world of nine billion, overcome work, transcend the limits of biology and build meaningful freedom for everyone. Rather than a final destination, such a society heralds the beginning of history. Fully Automated Luxury Communism promises a radically new left future for everyone.

Our Synthetic Environment

Author: Murray Bookchin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781684222339

Category: Science

Page: 328

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2018 Reprint of 1962 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition software. Our Synthetic Environment was one of the first books of the modern period in which an author espoused an ecological and environmentalist worldview. It predates Silent Spring (1962) by Rachel Carson, a more widely known book on the same topic widely credited as starting the environmental movement. "At the time of its publication, Our Synthetic Environment was the most comprehensive and enlightened book on the environmental crisis. Many other books on this topic have been published since, but none, I believe, as comprehensive." --René Dubos

The Limits of the City

With a New Introduction

Author: Murray Bookchin

Publisher: Montréal : Black Rose Books

ISBN: 9780920057346

Category: Social Science

Page: 194

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Four Futures

Life After Capitalism

Author: Peter Frase

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 178168815X

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

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Capitalism is going to end Peter Frase argues that increasing automation and a growing scarcity of resources, thanks to climate change, will bring it all tumbling down. In Four Futures, Frase imagines how this post-capitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism, socialism and exterminism might actually entail. Could the current rise of real-life robocops usher in a world that resembles Ender’s Game? And sure, communism will bring an end to material scarcities and inequalities of wealth—but there’s no guarantee that social hierarchies, governed by an economy of “likes,” wouldn’t rise to take their place. A whirlwind tour through science fiction, social theory and the new technologies already shaping our lives, Four Futures is a balance sheet of the socialisms we may reach if a resurgent Left is successful, and the barbarisms we may be consigned to if those movements fail. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Anarchy Works

Examples of Anarchist Ideas in Practice

Author: Peter Gelderloos

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909798052


Page: N.A

View: 4083


This book takes examples from around the world, picking through history and anthropology, showing that people have, in different ways and at different times, demonstrated mutual aid, self-organization, autonomy, horizontal decision making, and so forth--the principles that anarchy is founded on--regardless of whether they called themselves anarchists or not. Too well documented to be strictly mythology, and too expansive to be strictly anthropology, this is an inspiring answer to the people who say that anarchists are utopian: a point-by-point introduction to how anarchy can and has actually worked.


Theory and Practice

Author: Rudolf Rocker

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 9781902593920

Category: Philosophy

Page: 116

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The greatest introduction to Anarchism and anarchist practice ever penned, by one of its' leading theoreticians.


From Theory to Practice

Author: Daniel Guerin,Mary Klopper

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0853451753

Category: Political Science

Page: 166

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