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Start your review of Post-Scarcity Anarchism Write a review Jul 29, Rob rated it liked it I originally read this book in my younger days and thought it was a terrific book. Unfortunately for Bookchin, his own view seems to be rooted in the circumstances of the late s, which are no more applicable to the 21st century than were those of the mid 19th century of Marx. While I agree with Bookchin on some of the forms that a reconstituted society may take, his analysis on how we get there is lacking. But as should be apparent to modern readers, the protests withered away.

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Start your review of Post-Scarcity Anarchism Write a review Jul 29, Rob rated it liked it I originally read this book in my younger days and thought it was a terrific book. Unfortunately for Bookchin, his own view seems to be rooted in the circumstances of the late s, which are no more applicable to the 21st century than were those of the mid 19th century of Marx.

While I agree with Bookchin on some of the forms that a reconstituted society may take, his analysis on how we get there is lacking. But as should be apparent to modern readers, the protests withered away. DeGaulle came out stronger than ever. And the entire s ultimately failed to alter the workings of the consumerist society in any substantial way. While Bookchin correctly critiques Marx for his insistence on seizing state power which inevitably results in the reconstitution of state power in a new elite , his own conception of revolution also aims straight for the top through the seizure of state power via the action of the general strike.

That these events are supposed to prevent the ossification of state power in a new elite by being spontaneous and decentralized in nature is only somewhat reassuring.

A few chance events resulted in the entire movement withering away is short order. And the supposition that those particular set of circumstances can ever reconstitute themselves again, especially in the 21st century, is absurd.

That the events of May dissipated so rapidly is because there was nothing at the base of society to sustain the events swirling around at the top. Any revolution that aims to seize the top of society without first transforming its base is doomed to either reconstitute state power with a new elite, or to lack the nourishment to sustain itself. The Bolsheviks were of the former variety, while the French general strike was of the latter. Lacking such a base, though, once the height of the moment had passed, the French students and workers were left with nothing but to drift back to their ordinary jobs and activities, with nothing but bitter memories to accompany them.

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Murray Bookchin

The anarchist was regarded as a forlorn visionary, a social outcast, filled with nostalgia for the peasant village or the medieval commune. His yearnings for a decentralized society and for a humanistic community at one with nature and the needs of the individual—the spontaneous individual, unfettered by authority—were viewed as the reactions of a romantic, of a declassed craftsman or an intellectual "misfit. In response to this protest, opponents of anarchist thought—liberals, rightists and authoritarian "leftists"—argued that they were the voices of historic reality, that their statist and centralist notions were rooted in the objective, practical world. Time is not very kind to the conflict of ideas.

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Post-Scarcity Anarchism

He grew up in the Bronx , where his grandmother, Zeitel, a Socialist Revolutionary, imbued him with Russian populist ideas. After her death in , he joined the Young Pioneers , the Communist youth organization for children 9 to 14 [9] and the Young Communist League for older children in In the early s he worked in a foundry in Bayonne, New Jersey where he was an organizer and shop steward for the United Electrical Workers as well as a recruiter for the SWP. In , while speaking to a Zionist youth organization at City College , Bookchin met a mathematics student, Beatrice Appelstein, whom he married in They had two children, Debbie and Joseph.

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