- go https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Bookchin
- quote 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.
His favorite word is "Coherence"
I find interesting the tack he took of defining something in between Anarchism and Marxism. That appeals to me, part of the whole Horizontalism vs verticalism thing. Bookchin had chops in both of them so was well-placed for a synthesis I reckon. And I like his municipalist take on things (Libertarian municipalism) and his ecological concerns (Social ecology).
I listened to an interview ages back on Revolutionary Left Radio with his daughter Debbie Bookchin (The Philosophy of Murray Bookchin: An Interview with Debbie Bookchin). I remember he sounded like a fun Dad - taking her to the cinema, but waiting outside writing political tracts while she watched the films.
He seems a bit cantankerous.
Rejecting ecological arguments that blame individual choices, technology, or population growth, Bookchin argues that the ecological crisis is caused by an irrational social system governed by the cancerous logic of capitalism, driven by its competitive grow-or-die imperative and its endless production directed not toward meeting human needs but accumulating profit
Bookchin’s proposal is by far the most sophisticated radical proposal to deal with the creation and collective use of the commons across a wide variety of scales
In the late 1950s, he began to elaborate the importance of environmental degradation as a symptom of deeply entrenched social problems. Bookchin’s book on the subject, Our Synthetic Environment, appeared six months before Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, while his seminal 1964 pamphlet Ecology and Revolutionary Thought introduced the concept of ecology as a political category to the New Left.