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Title : The Politics of Social Ecology: Libertarian Municipalism
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ISBN : 9781551641003
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 204 Pages
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The Politics of Social Ecology: Libertarian Municipalism Reviews

  • Nicole
    2019-03-23 11:38

    Very useful little book, almost has me convinced to run for city council! Bookchin's ideas as presented by Biehl are much more digestible and practical, I think this is the way we replace capitalism. Occupy almost had it right, we do need general assemblies and direct democracy. Libertarian municipalism, as explained in this book, adds a bit more structure and majority voting instead of consensus. There is a good section in here on why consensus does not work well for larger groups, so I'll just encourage you all to read it. The important thing is that Biehl presents what looks to me like a workable way to get out from under the corporatocracy.

  • Camille
    2019-04-20 05:44

    Stop what you're doing and read this book. This is the basic building block of what we need to be doing. Yes I know it displays typical anarchist Eurocentrism but we can read our Lorde and Robinson and Fanon and Spivak and Saïd and Spillers alongside. Just read this then get together with your neighbors and start educating yourselves and practicing regular participatory governance. It seems so subtle and reformist but it is huge and potentially transformative. Ok lemme know what you think after you read it.

  • Javier
    2019-04-19 11:45

    I must say I was a bit skeptical about reading this one, as I'm familiar with a few ofMurray Bookchin's works (the 'founder' of social ecology). The first half is pretty standard, but Biehl really shines through with the second half. I love her discussion on dual power and confederated municipalities--fantastic. The interview with Bookchin at the end is alright, and the appendix (the statement of principles of a Vermont-based libertarian municipalist movement) is heartening--compared with the shit that is taken for 'politics' nowadays (though it's hardly an end-all and be-all, for that).

  • blue-collar mind
    2019-04-10 05:56

    A clear outline of Bookchin's theories and a further explanation of direct democractic municipalism. Biehl frames his work better than Bookchin ever did. I still read Bookchin's work as the beginning of an argument rather than as a complete system; in fact, its criticism of social democracy and of anarchist theory is the best thing about it. One of the best overviews of social ecology out there.

  • Jérémi Doyon
    2019-04-20 10:47

    Janet Biehl - qui traduit dans un vocabulaire générale et simple la parole de Murray Bookchin - nous parle du municipalisme libertaire d'une façon réaliste, réalisable et intelligente, même si à l'occasions j'avais l'impression que certaines propositions ont été un peut trop simplifié à mon gout (ce sera à moi d'approfondir le sujet car au début du livre elle nous dit clairement que cet ouvrage est une introduction en résumé de l'idée du municipalisme libertaire pensé par Bookchin), mais aussi, à de rare moments, je regrettais le coté romantique et naïf de ce que pourrait être une société libertaire et écologique, surtout en ce qui à trait aux élections, j'ai eux bien de la misère à avaler cette pilule-là. Du début à la fin elle ne cesse de dire que le municipalisme libertaire est une idéologie révolutionnaire radical mais elle s'appuie(pas QUE sur cela, j'en consens) sur les élections pour promouvoir et atteindre dans sa finalité globale le municipalisme libertaire, par la légalité. Pour moi, cela est l'extrême erreur de Bookchin, et même avec son petit guide de quoi ne pas faire en campagne électorale pour ne pas se faire reprendre par la droite et le capitalisme, c'est joué avec le feux, et il le dit lui-même "le pouvoir corrompt". Bref, tous anarchiste comprendra. En somme, j'ai trouvé se petit livre de 200 pages, écrit dans la forme d'un guide, très inspirant - je commence à m'impliquer dans le projet autonome libertaire de mon quartier dès la semaine prochaine. S'il a encore quelques lacunes - économie, élections, romantisme - c'est à nous à l'améliorer, dans nos municipalités respective et dans les confédérations unis.

  • Loránd
    2019-04-13 10:36

    Janet Biehl does a fantastic job in summarizing the basics social ecology, and its political practice: libertarian municipalism. Oftimes it expresses Murray Bookchin's ideas better than he managed to do himself. But—as the author warns—one should not take this as more than a breadth-first introduction to the subject. The latter part of the book is an interview with Murray, and provides a good medium of exposing ideas, and stating clarification for contentious points. I find it to be an inspired idea to have structured the book as such, and can only commend it.

  • Jesse Houle
    2019-03-21 04:57

    In general, I'm very glad this book exists. On the grand political spectrum, I think I'm much closer to Biehl and Bookchin than most folks in the world. However, there were some specifics I don't particularly agree with as well as some aspects of the strategy of Libertarian Municipalism that raise pretty big questions. My friend Adam read this before me and gave it to me to read so we could discuss. I'ma write him an email with my thoughts, and after we work some of them out, I'll probably post something considerably more thoughtful (and lengthy) on here.

  • Jonathan
    2019-03-31 09:33

    We have translated into swedish. It is still relevant, but the politics of Social Ecology needs to be developed and discussed in depth in relation to different political circumstances in different parts of the world and this book don´t discuss such local, regional and national conditions to much.

  • Rodrigo Goller
    2019-04-18 04:38

    Loved the simple to understand prose used by Biehl to explain the complex ideas developed by Bookchin.