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On Bookchin & the Kurds + New solidarity project

An excellent overview of the Kurdish movement and its influences from social ecology has just been posted on ROARMagazine.  Also the New Compass, based in Norway, has just posted a link to a new Kurdish solidarity project, based in Greece.

Here’s an excerpt from the ROAR article:

In his 2005 pamphlet, Declaration of Democratic Confederalism, Abdullah Öcalan formally and definitively broke with the PKK’s earlier aspirations of founding an independent Kurdish nation state. “The system of nation states,” he argues in the document, “has become a serious barrier to the development of society and democracy and freedom since the end of [...]

On David Harvey’s engagement with Bookchin’s ideas

From an early 2000s ISE alum, writing from Berlin:

I don’t know if others are aware of this text, so I am forwarding it along. It is from David Harvey, who, has begun to engage with Murray’s ideas about libertarian municipalism in a serious and constructive way. He began the dialogue in his book Rebel Cities, where he wrote that libertarian municipalism was “by far the most sophisticated radical proposal to deal with the creation and collective use of the commons at a variety of scales.”

In his new text, “Listen Anarchist!”, he continues to engage with Murray’s lasting contribution to [...]

ROAR Magazine interview with Debbie Bookchin

ROAR Magazine (Reflections on a Revolution), one of the very best websites chronicling today’s protest movements and global uprisings, has posted an extended interview with Debbie Bookchin about her father’s legacy and the importance of his essays collected in the book, The Next Revolution, co-edited by Debbie and ISE board member Blair Taylor. The interview is by ISE alum and University of Leeds doctoral student Federico Venturini.

On the question of Murray Bookchin’s most lasting contributions, Debbie explains:
On a very basic level, his introduction of ecology as a political category was extraordinary. He was fifty years ahead of his [...]

Ursula LeGuin on Murray Bookchin

"Capitalism’s grow-or-die imperative stands radically at odds with ecology’s imperative of interdependence and limit. The two imperatives can no longer coexist with each other; nor can any society founded on the myth that they can be reconciled hope to survive. Either we will establish an ecological society or society will go under for everyone, irrespective of his or her status."

New collection of Murray Bookchin’s political essays

From Athens to New York, recent mass movements around the world have challenged austerity and authoritarianism with expressions of real democracy. For more than forty years, Murray Bookchin developed these democratic aspirations into a new left politics, influencing political thinkers and social movements alike.

Leading British filmmaker on Bookchin & the Kurds

The influential documentarian Adam Curtis has posted an excellent, detailed blog post at the BBC on the connection between Murray Bookchin and Abdullah Ocalan of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). This piece is more explicit about Bookchin’s specific contributions than most of the earlier articles.  The post also features several short film clips of  key figures from the 1960s discussing the topic of utopia and anti-utopia, including Lewis Mumford challenging the ’60s conterculture for nominally favoring escapism over true autonomy. Here’s an excerpt from Curtis’ post:
[T]he moment you look into what the Kurds are fighting for, what you [...]

New Murray Bookchin collection in French

From our colleague Vincent Gerber in Geneva:
October 16th will be the publication date for our book “Murray Bookchin, une écologie sociale et radicale,” in the series titled Precursors of Degrowth, produced by Serge Latouche. For more information, see my posting here.
This project comes up after the publication of my earlier book on Bookchin and social ecology, and Floreal Romero and I worked together on this. The aim of this small book is to present how ideas of social ecology influence (or are similar to) the recent Degrowth movement, and also how they differ. Half of the book [...]

Bookchin pages on

A colleague at the University of Vermont has drawn our attention to a series of about 20 posts on of articles, pamphlets, book excerpts, and commentaries by and about Murray Bookchin.  It includes some fairly rare materials, and is definitely worth a look.  See

Murray Bookchin cited in the New Yorker

The January 13th issue of the magazine includes an interesting article by New Yorker correspondent Evgeny Morozov critiquing a new “Makers” movement that combines elements of home crafts and computer hacking with high-tech tools, from 3D printers to what are described as “personal drones.” Like some elements of the “appropriate technology” movement of the 1970s, it’s accompanied by claims of a “revolutionary” new kind of personal autonomy that comes from making things in your garage and becoming an entrepreneur.  A fatal flaw, says Morozov, is that:
In this vision, it’s up to individuals to accommodate themselves to the system [...]

Review of “Recovering Bookchin” by Andy Price

Author/journalist Debbie Bookchin and ISE Board member Bea Bookchin offer this in-depth review of Andy Price's new book, Recovering Bookchin (New Compass Press, November 2012):