Born OTD in 1921, American social theorist, author, orator, historian, & political philosopher, Murray Bookchin. A pioneer in the ecology movement, Bookchin formulated & developed the theory of social ecology & urban planning, within anarchist, libertarian socialist, & ecological thought. In the essays that make up this book, Murray Bookchin calls for a critical social standpoint that transcends both ‘biocentrism’ & ‘ecocentrism’. A call for new politics & ethics of complementarity, in which people, fighting for a free, nonhierarchical, & cooperative society, begin to play a creative role in natural evolution. Bookchin attacks the misanthropic notion that the environmental crisis is caused mainly by overpopulation or humanity’s genetic makeup.

He resolutely points to social causes–patriarchy, racism, and a capitalistic “grow or die” economy–as some of the problems the environmental … More

Born OTD in 1953, American political writer who is the author of numerous books and articles associated with social ecology, the body of ideas developed and publicized by Murray Bookchin, Janet Biehl. Best known for introducing the idea of ecology to the Left, and for first positing that a liberatory society would also have to be an ecological society, Murray Bookchin, over the course of several decades, developed the basic components of Libertarian Municipalism – how to create free cities. Written in short, to-the-point chapters, the book presents an introductory overview and sketches the historical and philosophical context in which these ideas are grounded. Substantial material on the practical question of creating and organizing a new municipal movement toward such democratic cities is included.

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Best known for introducing the idea of ecology to the Left, & for first positing that a liberatory society would also have to be an ecological society, Murray Bookchin, over the course of several decades, developed the basic components of Libertarian Municipalism – how to create free cities.

Written in short, to-the-point chapters, the book presents an introductory overview and sketches the historical and philosophical context in which … More