An engaging review of "The Next Revolution" in the journal Marx and Philosophy that explores the commonalities as well as differences between Bookchin's ideas and Marxism:
"The true import of this book is twofold. Firstly, as an introduction to the thought of Murray Bookchin it is incredibly valuable and serves to motivate deeper engagement with his more detailed works on urbanization, social ecology, and “libertarian municipalism.” Secondly, the locus of political analysis in the book reflects the shifting battlefield for the Left, away from international revolution towards urbanization and revolutionizing the structures of cities themselves to incorporate egalitarian structures. The work of David Harvey has taken on this dimension of Marxist analysis and specifically developed it within works such as Social Justice and the City (Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation) as well as Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. While the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have been characterized by efforts at uniting the workers of the world and transforming nations into communist states, the trend of intellectual engagement on the left in the twenty-first century is moving towards the political geography of cities. Insofar as equal access to the basic goods and resources for living a life of human decency are a driving issue within the political left, the ideas of Bookchin are formidable theories that any political thinker ignores at their own peril." ... See MoreSee Less
Nathan Wood is finishing his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Georgia. His research interests involve virtue ethics, environmental philosophy, and philosophies of the public sphere. (email@example.com)
Just a friendly reminder about the ISE annual gathering, August 19-21 in Marshfield, Vermont.
This year’s theme - Socialism, Social Ecology, and the State - addresses the relationship between the state, socialism, and social change. It will explore questions including: how does Social Ecology point us beyond the pendulum of street protest and state power? How should radicals relate to state power and electoral campaigns generally? How do we assess the limits of electoral politics versus the limits of prefigurative politics? Why do many reject engagement with the state on principle yet embrace economic alternatives which remain embedded in capitalist power? How can we ensure our critique of the state does not unwittingly legitimize the neoliberal project of dismantling the welfare state? Why has no coherent socialist alternative to neoliberal capitalism emerged? What might this look like, and how should we get there?