Murray Bookchin

  • murray bookchin
    murray bookchin in burlington.jpg
    murray bookchin in burlington, vt in 1990
    bornjanuary 14, 1921
    new york city, new york, u.s.
    diedjuly 30, 2006(2006-07-30) (aged 85)
    burlington, vermont, u.s.
    era20th-/21st-century philosophy
    regionwestern philosophy
    schoolanarchist communism; later, social ecology, libertarian municipalism, communalism
    main interests
    social hierarchy, dialectics, post-scarcity anarchism, libertarian socialism, ethics, environmental sustainability, conservationism, history of popular revolutionary movements
    notable ideas
    social ecology, communalism, libertarian municipalism, dialectical naturalism

    murray bookchin (january 14, 1921 – july 30, 2006)[1] was an american social theorist, author, orator, historian, and political philosopher. a pioneer in the ecology movement,[4] bookchin formulated and developed the theory of social ecology and urban planning, within anarchist, libertarian socialist, and ecological thought. he was the author of two dozen books covering topics in politics, philosophy, history, urban affairs, and ecology. among the most important were our synthetic environment (1962), post-scarcity anarchism (1971), the ecology of freedom (1982) and urbanization without cities (1987). in the late 1990s he became disenchanted with what he saw as an increasingly apolitical "lifestylism" of the contemporary anarchist movement, stopped referring to himself as an anarchist, and founded his own libertarian socialist ideology called communalism, which seeks to reconcile marxist and anarchist thought.[5][6]

    bookchin was a prominent anti-capitalist and advocate of social decentralisation along ecological and democratic lines. his ideas have influenced social movements since the 1960s, including the new left, the anti-nuclear movement, the anti-globalization movement, occupy wall street, and more recently, the democratic confederalism of rojava. he was a central figure in the american green movement and the burlington greens.

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Murray Bookchin
Murray Bookchin in Burlington.jpg
Murray Bookchin in Burlington, VT in 1990
BornJanuary 14, 1921
DiedJuly 30, 2006(2006-07-30) (aged 85)
Era20th-/21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnarchist communism; later, social ecology, libertarian municipalism, Communalism
Main interests
Social hierarchy, dialectics, post-scarcity anarchism, libertarian socialism, ethics, environmental sustainability, conservationism, history of popular revolutionary movements
Notable ideas
Social ecology, Communalism, libertarian municipalism, dialectical naturalism

Murray Bookchin (January 14, 1921 – July 30, 2006)[1] was an American social theorist, author, orator, historian, and political philosopher. A pioneer in the ecology movement,[4] Bookchin formulated and developed the theory of social ecology and urban planning, within anarchist, libertarian socialist, and ecological thought. He was the author of two dozen books covering topics in politics, philosophy, history, urban affairs, and ecology. Among the most important were Our Synthetic Environment (1962), Post-Scarcity Anarchism (1971), The Ecology of Freedom (1982) and Urbanization Without Cities (1987). In the late 1990s he became disenchanted with what he saw as an increasingly apolitical "lifestylism" of the contemporary anarchist movement, stopped referring to himself as an anarchist, and founded his own libertarian socialist ideology called Communalism, which seeks to reconcile Marxist and anarchist thought.[5][6]

Bookchin was a prominent anti-capitalist and advocate of social decentralisation along ecological and democratic lines. His ideas have influenced social movements since the 1960s, including the New Left, the anti-nuclear movement, the anti-globalization movement, Occupy Wall Street, and more recently, the democratic confederalism of Rojava. He was a central figure in the American green movement and the Burlington Greens.