SRSLY WRONG Social Ecology Series
Featuring Blair Taylor, Kate Shea Baird, Hilary Wainwright
Excerpt: “In this podcast we discuss the work of Murray Bookchin, relating it to the experiences and debates around municipalism and wider left political practices and theory. With our guests (Blair, Hilary and Kate) we focus the discussion on the recent edited collection of Bookchin’s work: The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy (Verso), edited by Debbie Bookchin and Blair Taylor.
Reflecting, but going beyond, the broad range of topics addressed by Bookchin in the book, we cover a lot of ground, such as the role of the state in left politics, sources of transformative change, ‘reason’, ‘knowledge’ and politics, popular democracy, the new municipalism in Barcelona and municipal socialism in 1980s London.”
“Debbie Bookchin is a widely-published journalist and author whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Nation, and numerous other publications. She served as press secretary to Bernie Sanders when he served in the U.S. House and she recently co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, called The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy (Verso Books 2015). Debbie joins Brett to discuss the life and work of her father, Murray Bookchin, as well as the Rojavan Revolution, the rise of fascism, Social Ecology, Marxism, Anarchism, her father’s legacy, and much, much more!”
“Social ecology is based on the conviction that nearly all of our present ecological problems originate in deep-seated social problems. It follows, from this view, that these ecological problems cannot be understood, let alone solved, without a careful understanding of our existing society”
“We talk to Grace Gershuny, organic farmer, writer, and thinker, about the concepts of Social Ecology and how the dairy and cheese industry can do more to address climate change. She teaches for the Institute for Social Ecology and is based in Vermont.”
ISE program director Blair Taylor was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered talking about the threat of right wing environmentalism and ecofascism.
“AP Andy comes across a fellow radical exile Blair Taylor washed ashore on a beach in Nayarit, Mexico. The two post-anarchists discuss the life and work of curmudgeonly communalist Murray Bookchin as they watch dolphins frolicking in the sunset. Topics include radical muncipalism, Bookchin’s concepts of democracy and citizenship, Blair’s Institute for Social Ecology and the formation of the Symbiosis network with DSA-LSC, Black Socialists, Cooperation Jackson, the PKK and Rojava, Bookchin’s criticism of Bernie Sanders, and others, and what sort of kinky things the old man was getting up to in Vermont.”