Post-Scarcity Anarchism

Hardcover, 265 pages

English language

Published Jan. 7, 1996 by Black Rose Books.

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4 stars (6 reviews)

In a series of related essays, Murray Bookchin balances his ecological and anarchist vision with the promising opportunities of a "post-scarcity" era. Surpassing Marxist political economy, which was rooted in an era of material scarcity, Bookchin argues that the tools necessary for the self-administration of society have largely been developed and, that, combined with an ecological outlook have greatly altered our revolutionary landscape. Technological advances made during the twentieth century have expanded production greatly, but in the pursuit of corporate profit and at the expense of human need and ecological sustainability. Far from a time when "capital accumulation" could be considered a prerequisite for liberation, the working class now more than ever can dispel the myth that obstructions such as the state, hierarchical social relations, and political parties (vanguards) are necessary appendages to their struggle for freedom. Bookchin's utopian vision, rooted in the realities of contemporary society, remains refreshingly pragmatic. …

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A very faint sketch

3 stars

This book is mostly concerned with the idea that technology CAN produce a post-scarcity society, but if you're expecting a clear picture of what that looks like or what it entails, you're going to be disappointed. I read the third edition which included "Listen, Marxist!" which includes a very valuable anarchist reading of the October Revolution and how power was consolidated.

When Bookchin is rattling off all of the things his enlightened anarchist society can cast off, a lot of it is feminine. It doesn't invalidate the book but it does highlight some of his limitations as a social thinker.

I grabbed this off The Anarchist Library and fixed all of the OCR errors that were made in its production as I read through so if you're looking for a nice digital edition, I can recommend it.

An amazing articulation of ideas

5 stars

This might be one of, if not the best books of it's kind I've ever read. Massive insight into social, ecological, technological, and philosophical concepts and and how they can play into liberatory fronts

It's not often you come across a book that fundamentally updates the way you think. This was the first of Bookchin's works that I have read, and will definitely be looking at more in the near future.

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It's kinda funny the degree to which Bookchin praises the exact lifestylism which we now associate him with disavowing. I guess watching this counterculture get re-absorbed by bourgeois society must've been exactly what pushed him in that direction. Just a guess, I need to actually read later stuff.

There's a lot of brilliant attempts in here to sort traditional socialist dogma into two piles: the genuine theoretical core worth keeping and the reactions to specific historical moments which have nevertheless been uncritically accepted. This is a worthwhile read for any leftist, anyone invested in social revolution, or anyone interested in a somewhat more modern look at the revolutions and attempts at true democracy of the past.

Look, don't read this and take it to heart too much. Recognize that it came from a time where youth movements might have become something, when it seemed like a new revolutionary group entirely …

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