Left Green Perspectives [Complete back issue list]

[Note: Left Green Perspectives was published regularly between 1986 and early 1999, with an additional issue in January 2000. The prices listed with each issue represent the cover price at the time of publication; print editions are no longer available.] Issue #1 (January 1986) $.50: “The Greening of Politics: Toward a New Kind of Political …

New Pamphlet: “Mumford Gutkind Bookchin” by Janet Biehl

Janet Biehl has published an excerpt of her forthcoming biography of ISE co-founder Murray Bookchin. The new work, entitled Mumford Gutkind Bookchin: The Emergence of Eco-Decentralism, is published as a 48 page pamphlet and is available via Amazon.com The product description reads as follows: Murray Bookchin (1921-2006) was the originator and primary theorist of social …

The Politics of Social Ecology: Libertarian Municipalism (CH. 1)

For two centuries social revolutionaries have cherished the ideal of the “Commune of communes” as part of their vision of a future liberatory society. Ever since the Great French Revolution of 1789, they have dreamed of creating decentralized, stateless, and collectively managed “communes,” joined together in confederations of free municipalities.

By Janet Biehl | January 1st, 1999 | Article Archive | 0 Comments |

Left Green Perspectives [an introduction]

Left Green Perspectives (formerly Green Perspectives) A Social Ecology Publication The Social Ecology Project With the emergence of a new millennium, it should not be surprising that old socialist ideologies–borne of the Industrial Revolution–are no longer adequate to encompass the sweeping social changes that have occurred over the past two centuries. As transnational capitalism, facilitated …

By Left Green Perspectives | May 1st, 1998 | Article Archive, Left Green Perspectives (1988-2000) | 0 Comments |

Minding Nature: The Philosophers of Ecology edited by David Macauley, Reviewed by Janet Biehl

This book review was published in Social Anarchism, no. 25 (1998) Minding Nature sets out to trace ideas of democracy and nature in the thought of a variety of philosophers and social theorists who, according to editor David Macauley, “have enabled us to rethink the possibility of creating a more democratic and ecological society.” The …

By Janet Biehl | January 1st, 1998 | Article Archive | 0 Comments |

The Murray Bookchin Reader: Introduction

In the aftermath of the cold war, in a world that glorifies markets and commodities, it sometimes seems difficult to remember that generations of people once fought to create a very different kind of world. To many, the aspirations of this grand tradition of socialism often seem archaic today, or utopian in the pejorative sense, …

By Janet Biehl | October 1st, 1997 | Article Archive, Tribute to Murray Bookchin (2006) | 3 Comments |

The Politics of Social Ecology: Libertarian Municipalism (Keynote speech to the International Conference on the Politics of Social Ecology)

For two centuries social revolutionaries have cherished the ideal of the “Commune of communes” as part of their vision of a future liberatory society. Ever since the Great French Revolution of 1789, they have dreamed of creating decentralized, stateless, and collectively managed “communes,” joined together in confederations of free municipalities. All three of the major …

By Janet Biehl | July 1st, 1997 | Article Archive | 0 Comments |

The Fallacy of “Neither Left nor Right”: Militia Fever

At a time when the political sands have shifted massively to the right nearly everywhere, when the right is riding high while the left languishes in debris, it is increasingly common to hear the cry “Neither left nor right!” Few right-wingers issue this cry—but then, why should they? Their political label is the toast of …

By Janet Biehl | October 5th, 1995 | Article Archive | 0 Comments |

Theses on Social Ecology and Deep Ecology

(This article co-authored with Murray Bookchin) When “Realism” Becomes Capitulation Action from principle, the perception and the performance of right, changes things and relations; it is essentially revolutionary, and does not consist wholly with anything which was. –Thoreau Ever since the debate between social ecology and deep ecology broke out in the summer of 1987, …

By Janet Biehl | August 1st, 1995 | Article Archive | 0 Comments |