Murray Bookchin

Between the 30s and the 60s - Murray Bookchin

Murray Bookchin

In this article, appearing in the book The Sixties, Without Apology, Murray Bookchin traces American radical thought from the 1930s to the 1960s.

I strongly doubt if we will ever understand—and fully evaluate—the 60s without placing it against the background of another radical decade, the 30s.

What's wrong with Prometheanism?

Prometheus: mythical figure who stole fire from the gods

Simple questions of technological progress abound in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.

In response to our introduction to Murray Bookchin's philosophy of technology, a commenter asked:

888 wrote:
What's so bad about Prometheanism? Sounds good to me! Defying the gods, playing with fire, storming heaven...

The ghost of anarcho-syndicalism - Murray Bookchin

Murray Bookchin

Murray Bookchin's critique of anarcho-syndicalism. We do not necessarily agree with it but reproduce it for reference.

One of the most persistent of human frailties is the tendency of individuals and groups to fall back, in times of a terribly fragmented reality, onto obsolete, even archaic ideologies for a sense of continuity and security.

Murray Bookchin's libertarian technics

A robot adjusting solar panels

The first in a series of critical introductions to thinkers and concepts that inform discussion of the climate crisis, looking at Murray Bookchin's ideas about technology.

Murray Bookchin (1921-2006) was a pioneer of radical ecological thought and working class autodidact. Bookchin's political trajectory took him from Stalinism (as a 9 year-old, he was soon expelled), to Trotskyism, to anarchism, to eventually breaking with anarchism and founding libertarian municipalism/communalism in an attempt to engage with the local state.

On spontaneity and organisation - Murray Bookchin

On Spontaneity and Organisation

A lecture given by Bookchin at a conference in November 1971.

It was published in Liberation (New York) (March, 1972) and Anarchos (No. 4 1973). Solidarity (London) reprinted it as a pamphlet in December 1975. (Solidarity pamphlet 49).


Introduction (Solidarity London)

To remember Spain: the anarchist and syndicalist revolution of 1936 - Murray Bookchin

Collected essays by Murray Bookchin on the Spanish Revolution.

Preface

Anarchy and Organization - Murray Bookchin

An essay by Murray Bookchin written in reply to an attack by Huey Newton on anarchist forms of organization.

There is a hoary myth that anarchists do not believe in organization to promote revolutionary activity. This myth was raised from its resting place by Marcuse in a L'Express interview some months ago and reiterated again by Huey Newton in his "In Defence of Self-Defence," which New Left Notes decided to reprint in the recent National Convention issue.

Communalism, the Democratic Dimension of Anarchism

Bookchin defends his theory of libertarian municipalism arguing democracy is part of the original intention of anarchism.

Seldom have socially important words become more confused and divested of their historic meaning than they are at present.

An overview of the Spanish libertarian movement

Murray Bookchin provides a succinct and weighty overview of the dimensions and historical significance of the Spanish Civil War and Revolution of 1936-9.

IN THE morning hours of July 18, 1936, General Francisco Franco issued the pronunciamiento from Las Palmas in Spanish North Africa that openly launched the struggle of Spain's reactionary military officers against the legally elected Popular Front government in Madrid.

Post-Scarcity Anarchism - Murray Bookchin

Murray Bookchin's collection of essays envisioning an anarchist society without scarce resources, if we rely on technology.