Social Anarchism Or Lifestyle Anarchism: An Unbridgeable Chasm

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AK Press, 1995 - Political Science - 86 pages
This book asks - and tries to answer - several basic questions that affect all Leftists today. Will anarchism remain a revolutionary social movement or become a chic boutique lifestyle subculture? Will its primary goals be the complete transformation of a hierarchical, class, and irrational society into a libertarian communist one? Or will it become an ideology focused on personal well-being, spiritual redemption, and self-realization within the existing society? In an era of privatism, kicks, introversion, and postmodernist nihilism, Murray Bookchin forcefully examines the growing nihilistic trends that threaten to undermine the revolutionary tradition of anarchism and co-opt its fragments into a harmless personalistic, yuppie ideology of social accommodation that presents no threat to the existing powers that be. This small book, tightly reasoned and documented, should be of interest to all radicals in the "postmodern age", socialists as well as anarchists, for whom the Left seems in hopeless disarray.

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User Review  - zonneveld - LibraryThing

Bookchin's observations and concerns ring true today more than ever, in a era where many young people have fallen in love with the anarchist "lifestyle" but also disturbingly see anarchism as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joseph - Goodreads

Pretty good break down of the split in modern anarchism. Couched in a writing style similar to Lenin in "What is to be done?" snarky and condescending, but that makes it interesting like reality TV. Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Murray Bookchin is cofounder of the Institute for Social Ecology. An active voice in the ecology and anarchist movements for more than forty years, he has written numerous books and articles, including: Anarchism, Marxism and the Future of the Left, Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism, The Spanish Anarchists, The Ecology of Freedom, Urbanization Without Cities, and Re-enchanting Humanity. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.

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