Environmental Anarchism in Vermont

Check out this article (attributed to “WeiLai”) posted to Infoshop.org – it references the work of Murray Bookchin as well as the ISE (albeit tangentially) as well as the Global Justice Ecology Project. Here’s the first two paragraphs:

To fully understand the context of global environmental problems, one must assess the role that humans have played in the destruction of the nature. Environmentalists and social science scholars have argued on behalf that social justice and environmental justice go hand-in-hand. Long time Vermont resident and activist Murray Bookchin brought forth the philosophy of social ecology, which laid out the ideological framework that bridged social and environmental justice movements. In his seminal work Post Scarcity Anarchism, Bookchin argues to challenge the social order that is rooted in the exploitation of man and nature alike.  He writes, “ Owing to its inherently competitive nature, bourgeois society not only pits humans against each other, it also pits the mass of humanity against the natural world. Just as men are converted into commodities, so every aspect of nature is converted into a commodity, a resource to be manufactured and merchandised wantonly” (85).

In this paper I will analyze the discourse of ecological anarchism through the context of the Global Justice Ecology Project, (GJEP) in order address the flaws of contemporary “technocratic” environmentalism and accentuate the anthropological significance of alternative perspectives on environmental and social justice.  My thesis argues that the constructs of our hierarchal capital society have only fostered “false solutions” to global environmental problems, one must distance themselves from such conventional views on the environment and look at the environment from an anarchist perspective to understand the root causes of both social and environmental ills.


One Reply to “Environmental Anarchism in Vermont”

  1. In 2011 we live in a world in which 10 million individuals and their families[all of whom are known and on record] generate $40 trillion GDP in a year.
    In 2011 we live in a world in which 6.86 billion people collectively generate $59 trillion. Or to put it another way, 6.85 billion people have access to $19 trillion a year.
    In 2011 less than 0.000015% of the world’s population control most of the wealth of the world. They live in a capitalist paradise! each being able to spend more than $12000 a day.This capitalist elite does not only live in the USA. They are to be found in China, Russia, India, Japan, UK, Germany, France, Switzerland and all other prosperous capitalist countries; and to include many of the dictators, and their families, across the world.
    In 2011 5.5 billion people earn less than $10 a day; of which 1.5 billion try to survive on less than a dollar a day, and up to 1 billion die of starvation.
    In 2011 we live in a world in which most people are relatively poor; in which poverty is the norm.
    How are we going to alleviate poverty? how are we going to try and help the majority of people, and their children in particular [2.2 billion in total]to not only survive but also to thrive?
    My understanding of ‘anarchy’ is that it proposes that the best government is no government at all and that individuals are responsible for their own actions. Anarchy is order.
    At this stage, I want to propose that the capitalist elite living in their capitalist paradise would welcome ‘anarchy’ with open arms.
    If you find no problems with global societies living in poverty as the labourers for the capitalist elite, then ‘anarchy’ is another way of surviving.
    If you believe that it is unfair, unjust, immoral for the few to live in absolute luxury while everyone else lives in poverty, and their children die by the thousands daily, then some other actions have to be taken!

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