The Emergence of Social Ecology

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Issue 294
January/February 2016
A Food Renaissance


The Emergence of Social Ecology

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An extract from an interview with Murray Bookchin published in Resurgence in 1986.

Murray Bookchin, 1990 Photo: Janet Biehl

Murray Bookchin, 1990 Photo: Janet Biehl

“It is important to find the truth in ecology that the price we pay for dominating Nature is dominating people. Domination of people is linked with the domination of Nature.” Murray Bookchin

Murray Bookchin (1921–2006), the American thinker who developed the idea of social ecology, was an early contributor to Resurgence. His political ideas grew to reject his early embrace of anarchism and instead develop a form of libertarian socialism he termed Communalism.

Bookchin wrote: “Social ecology is based on the conviction that nearly all of our present ecological problems originate in deep-seated social problems. It follows … that these ecological problems cannot be understood, let alone solved, without a careful understanding of our existing society and the irrationalities that dominate it. To make this point more concrete: economic, ethnic, cultural, and gender conflicts, among many others, lie at the core of the most serious ecological dislocations we face today…”

Download the full interview with Murray Bookchin, first published in issue 115 of Resurgence, March/April 1986 (pdf format).

Murray Bookchin (Jan 1921 – Jul 2006) was an American anarchist and libertarian socialist author, orator, historian, and political theoretician.

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