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Database tag: Murray Bookchin

Think globally, act locally?

The author asks: how can local action further our goals for global transformation? First, there is a reflection on the limits of local action and local democracy. Then the author goes back to social ecology writings and other theoretical discussions to find some clues. Finally,…

New municipalism reloaded?

A presentation on the origins of municipalism and the currencies that formed the movement. Photo: Michael L.

Libertarian municipalism & Murray Bookchin’s legacy

An interview with Debbie Bookchin to discuss how municipalist movements are implementing her father’s ideas and what the potential challenges are for libertarian municipalism. Photo: Pixabay

Municipalism: The next political revolution?

The way that reality is laid out for us at the moment it might seem a bit defeated and hopeless. Reviewing some of the accomplishments and origins of municipalism shines a light on what according to Murray Bookchin pointed out can be a way to…

Social ecology: Communalism against climate chaos

Social ecology, as understood by Murray Bookchin and others, can offer a response to the challenges of climate change. The author describes the philosophy of social ecology and also its political strategy in order to reflect about its ability to overcome the limits of local…

The new municipal movements

The municipalist movement in the US today is like a seedling. It is small and delicate, fresh and brimming with potential. Although we often look for leftist leadership in big cities like New York City or Chicago, these new municipal leaders are rooted in relatively…

Radical municipalism: The future we deserve

For many years the left has struggled with the question of how to bring our ideas, of equality, economic justice and human rights, to fruition. Murray Bookchin’s political trajectory is instructive for the argument that Debbie Bookchin makes in this article: that municipalism isn’t just…

On this day in 2006: Murray Bookchin passes away at 85

The American revolutionary theorist Murray Bookchin passed away on July 30, 2006. This piece contains a selection of articles, interviews and reviews from ROAR’s archives to disclose Bookchin’s long life, important work and achievements. Photo: Pixabay

Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish resistance

Libertarian municipalism promotes the use of direct face-to-face assemblies in order to “steal” the practice of politics back from the professional politicians and place it back in the hands of citizens. Describing the state as “a completely alien formation”, Bookchin presents libertarian municipalism as “democratic…