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[chox] [x-list] Institute for Social Ecology - Murray Bookchin

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Dear friends,

Our website is finally being updated and is under reconstruction after about a
year's hiatus.  In the interim, we'd like to offer you these two important
news items:

1.  Update on the Institute, Summer 2006
2.  Murray Bookchin, ISE co-founder, dies at 85


2. Murray Bookchin, visionary social theorist, dies at 85

Murray Bookchin, the visionary social theorist and activist, died during the
early morning of Sunday, July 30th in his home in Burlington, Vermont. During
a prolific career of writing, teaching and political activism that spanned
half a century, Bookchin forged a new anti-authoritarian outlook rooted in
ecology, dialectical philosophy and left libertarianism.

During the 1950s and '60s, Bookchin built upon the legacies of utopian social
philosophy and critical theory, challenging the primacy of Marxism on the left
and linking contemporary ecological and urban crises to problems of capital
and social hierarchy in general. Beginning in the mid-sixties, he pioneered a
new political and philosophical synthesis--termed social ecology--that sought
to reclaim local political power, by means of direct popular democracy,
against the consolidation and increasing centralization of the nation state.

From the 1960s to the present, the utopian dimension of Bookchin's social
ecology inspired several generations of social and ecological activists, from
the pioneering urban ecology movements of the sixties, to the 1970s'
back-to-the-land, antinuclear, and sustainable technology movements, the
beginnings of Green politics and organic agriculture in the early 1980s, and
the anti-authoritarian global justice movement that came of age in 1999 in the
streets of Seattle. His influence was often cited by prominent political and
social activists throughout the US, Europe, South America, Turkey, Japan, and

Even as numerous social movements drew on his ideas, however, Bookchin
remained a relentless critic of the currents in those movements that he found
deeply disturbing, including the New Left's drift toward Marxism-Leninism in
the late 1960s, tendencies toward mysticism and misanthropy in the radical
environmental movement, and the growing focus on individualism and personal
lifestyles among 1990s anarchists. In the late 1990s, Bookchin broke with
anarchism, the political tradition he had been most identified with for over
30 years and articulated a new political vision that he called communalism.

Bookchin was raised in a leftist family in the Bronx during the 1920s and
'30s. He enjoyed retelling the story of his expulsion from the Young Communist
League at age 18 for openly criticizing Stalin, his brief flirtation with
Trotskyism as a labor organizer in the foundries of New Jersey, and his
introduction to anarchism by veterans of the immigrant labor movement during
the 1950s. In 1974, he co-founded the Institute for Social Ecology, along with
Dan Chodorkoff, then a graduate student at Vermont's Goddard College. For 30
years, the Institute for Social Ecology has brought thousands of students to
Vermont for intensive educational programs focusing on the theory and praxis
of social ecology. A self-educated scholar and public intellectual, Bookchin
served as a full professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey despite his own
lack of conventional academic credentials.He published more than 20 books and
many hundreds of articles during his lifetime, many of which were translated
into Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Turkish and other languages.

During the 1960s - '80s, Bookchin emphasized his fundamental theoretical break
with Marxism, arguing that Marx's central focus on economics and class
obscured the more profound role of social hierarchy in the shaping of human
history. His anthropological studies affirmed the role of domination by age,
gender and other manifestations of social power as the antecedents of
modern-day economic exploitation. In The Ecology of Freedom(1982), he examined
the parallel legacies of domination and freedom in human societies, from
prehistoric times to the present, and he later published a four-volume
work,The Third Revolution, exploring anti-authoritarian currents throughout
the Western revolutionary tradition.

At the same time, he criticized the lack of philosophical rigor that has often
plagued the anarchist tradition, and drew theoretical sustenance from
dialectical philosophy--particularly the works of Aristotle and Hegel; the
Frankfurt School--of which he became increasingly critical in later years--and
even the works of Marx and Lenin. During the past year, even while terminally
ill in Burlington, Bookchin was working toward a re-evaluation of what he
perceived as the historic failure of the 20th century left. He argued that
Marxist crisis theory failed to recognize the inherent flexibility and
malleability of capitalism, and that Marx never saw capitalism in its true
contemporary sense. Until his death, Bookchin asserted that only the
ecological problems created by modern capitalism were of sufficient magnitude
to portend the system's demise.

Murray Bookchin was diagnosed several months ago with a fatal heart condition.
He will be remembered by his devoted family members--including his long-time
companion Janet Biehl, his former wife Bea Bookchin, his son, daughter,
son-in-law, and granddaughter--as well as his friends, colleagues and frequent
correspondents throughout the world.
There will be a public memorial service in Burlington, Vermont on Sunday, August
For more information, contact info social-ecology.org.

[Tribute by Brian Tokar and other ISE faculty members]
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ps helmuth, die x-list könnte dir gefallen. k.
cc wertkritik. sorry bei doppelung.

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