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“The plundering of the human spirit by the market place is paralleled by the plundering of the earth by capital”,
Murray Bookchin (Post-Scarcity Anarchism, 1971)

 

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“Our Being is Becoming, not stasis. Our Science is Utopia, our Reality is Eros, our Desire is Revolution”, Murray Bookchin (‘Desire and Need’, 1967)

 

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Ecology and Counter-Culture

Murray Bookchin’s distinction between (single-issue, narrowly conservationist, socially conformist) ‘environmentalism’ and (critically systemic, socially radical,) ‘ecology’ is a useful mind tool in counter-acting the abundant blind spots, taboos and myopias of conventional ‘environmentalism’. In his pivotal text Post-Scarcity Anarchism, Bookchin merges the liberatory essences of traditional anarchism and the modern youth culture by way of a socially creative interpretation of the science of ecology:

What is desirable is also necessary. Man’s desire for unrepressed, spontaneous expression, for variety in experience and surroundings, and for an environment scaled to human dimensions must also be realized to achieve natural equilibrium. The ecological problems of the old society thus reveal the methods that will shape the new. The intuition that all of these processes are converging toward an entirely new way of life finds its most concrete confirmation in the youth culture.

 

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“The assumption that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking.”, Murray Bookchin (‘The Meaning of Confederalism’, 1989).

 

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“If we do not do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable”, Murray Bookchin (‘The Ecology of Freedom’, 1982)

 

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Murray Bookchin y el anarquismo español

Al comienzo de la Guerra Civil española Bookchin tenía tan solo 15 años. Era demasiado joven para viajar como brigadista internacional a luchar a favor de la causa republicana como hicieron algunos de sus amigos. Sin embargo, la que él y otros autores catalogaron como revolución española marcaría su pensamiento e ideología.

Frontpage of the book "To  Remember Spain"

En 1977 publicó el libro “Anarquistas españoles. Los años heroicos 1868-1936” un recorrido por el movimiento anarquista español desde sus orígenes hasta mediados de los años 30. Y aunque tenía en mente publicar otro libro que se centrase en el anarquismo durante los años de la guerra, nunca llegó a escribirlo. Pero si publicó “Para recordar a España” una colección de dos ensayos que complementan su primer libro sobre la tradicción anarquista española.

Murray Bookchin estaba especialmente fascinado por el carácter “extraordinariamente anárquico” de las formas de organización creadas por los obreros y los campesinos. Así que decidió viajar a España y también a Francia e Inglaterra (países en los que se encontraban exiliados miembros de la CNT-FAI) para reunir documentación y escribir el libro que serviría de legado a las generaciones posteriores de “un acontecimineto revolucionario inspirador”.

Aunque en su libro Bookchin reconoce que “en algunos momentos determinados grupos o personas de forma minoritaria hicieron uso de la violencia”,  defiende que “pocas imágenes de una sociedad libre han sido tan groseramente tragiversadas como las del anarquismo”. El autor norteamericano presenta el anarquismo como una doctrina basada en “el apoyo mutuo, respeto, solidaridad y hospitalidad. Un movimiento opuesto a toda jerarquía, que se impondría en la sociedad a través de una filosofía libertaria que impregnase a todos los miembros que la componen”.

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Uniting the Greens

‘The social or political philosophy that informs people’s actions is important – be it deep ecology, social ecology or anything else. But what is really crucial is that some action is being taken’

The environment movement has been plagued by disagreements and in particular a rift between deep ecologists and social ecologists. Stephen Lewis explores ways to find common ground.

For full article on ecological activists Bookchin and Naess follow http://www.resurgence.org/magazine/article3730-uniting-the-greens.html

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5 Days to support the doco Bookchin on Bookchin

5 Days to go! Please support the documentary Bookchin on Bookchin.

Anarchist, urbanist, utopian, social ecologist

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PLEASE DONATE – BOOKCHIN ON BOOKCHIN

BOOKCHIN ON BOOKCHIN is an independent feature-length documentary about the life and times of American political thinker Murray Bookchin, who made history as the founder of the social ecology movement.

Our aim is to make a film that deeply explores the influences and experiences that have helped shape one of the most unique and distinctive voices in modern political thinking. The documentary will explore the development of Murray’s politics through his personal experiences.

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Nederlanders! Help de documentaire BOOKCHIN ON BOOKCHIN bestaan!

BOOKCHIN ON BOOKCHIN is een onafhankelijke documentaire over het leven en de tijd waarin de Amerikaanse politiek denker Murray Bookchin leefde. Hij heeft geschiedenis geschreven als de grondlegger van de sociale ecologische beweging. Ons doel is om een film te maken dat in de diepte onderzoekt welke invloeden en ervaringen hebben geholpen om een van de meest unieke en onderscheidende denkbeelden in de modern politiek te vormen.

De documentaire zal de ontwikkelingen op het gebied van Murray’s politiek denken onderzoeken die zijn gevormd door zijn persoonlijke ervaringen. Al zijn ideeën zijn vast gelegd op uren van film, een paar jaar voordat hij stierf, door film maker Mark Saunders. Wij hebben toegang tot onschatbare informatie dat ondermeer bestaat uit exclusieve interviews die zijn gefilmd in zijn huis in Vermont en zijn laatste openbare optreden in Montreal. Murray was terughouden in deelname aan alles dat met persoonlijkheid verheerlijking te maken had, maar zijn biografie dekt cruciale momenten in de ontwikkelingen van radicale politieke activiteiten en plaatst de latere ontwikkelingen in zijn leven en de stroming ‘Sociale Ecologie’ in context.

Wij zijn bezig met het maken van de film, maar hebben uw hulp nodig om het af te maken. Hartelijk dank voor het bezoeken van onze pagina en we hopen dat u het interessant vindt wat u vindt. Mocht u het net als ons een waardevol project vinden, uw donatie wordt zeer op prijs gesteld en brengt ons einddoel een stukje dichterbij. Dank u wel!

Mark Saunder is een prijswinnende onafhankelijke film maker, media activist en schrijver. Zijn expertise dekt ruim twee decennia. Momenteel is hij eigenaar van Spectacle Productions. Spectacle Productions is een onafhankelijk media productie bedrijf gevestigd in London. Wij zijn begaan met maatschappelijke problemen en ontwikkelingen en onze films zijn bestaan uit een uiteenlopend aantal onderwerpen. Kijk voor meer informatie op onze website.

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