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The sad news of the death, at 85 years of age, of social ecologist Murray Bookchin comes via Booksurfer:


Author, activist, pioneer of social ecology and libertarian municipalism Murray Bookchin died on Sunday. Writing under the pen-name of Lewis Herber in the 1960s he was one of the first people to draw attention to the developing ecolological crisis in his book Our Synthetic Environment (1962). He also wrote about the breakdown and potential of urban living in The Crisis in Our Cities (1965) the same year in which his influential Post Scarcity Anarchism was published. He was author of the widely influential polemic Listen Marxist! and Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism in which he restates the case for anarchism as a movement for social revolution and not simply a lifestyle choice. The Press Association obituary is rather thin on detail, but there is a detailed biography of his life on the Anarchy Archives, with links through to a slightly dated bibliography.

Readers Comments

  1. Hi,

    Re Murray Bookchin passing away.

    I run the websites:
    http://www.bluegreenearth.com
    http://www.europeansocialecologyinstitute.org

    The latest issue of blue (BlueGreenEarth Vol.5 #11 - August 20th 2006) has run two Bookchin pieces

    Whither Bookchin? - Obituary, by Tim Barton
    Obituary, by Rob Allen (for Freedom Anarchist Fortnightly)

    We also republished our review of Re-Enchanting Humanity

    In the previous issue we had run a reprint of our Local-Global Organising feature from November 2005's Lancaster University KnowledgeLab (UK), at which I gave a Social Ecology related seminar.

    Our Institute is still in its early stages, despite plans over 15 years ago to get it running, However, in the last few months things have begun to forge ahead and in 2007 we hope to have several courses available. These may be in Hastings, Ipswich, or Cork, and we hope offer them further afield over the next few years.

    I hope this is of interest to you. We too were very sad to hear of Murray's death, though aware it was kind of due.

    Regards
    Tim

    PS I also run the blog:
    http://socialecologyinstitute.blogspot.com

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