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Post-Scarcity Anarchism

Post-Scarcity Anarchism is a collection of essays by Murray Bookchin , first published in 1971 by Ramparts Press . [1] In it, Bookchin outlines the possible form anarchism might take under conditions of post-scarcity . One of Bookchin’s major works, [2] its author’s radical thesis provoked controversy for being utopian in its faith in the liberatory potential of technology . [3]


Bookchin’s “post-scarcity anarchism” is an economic system based on social ecology , libertarian municipalism , and an abundance of fundamental resources. Bookchin argues that post-industrial societies have the potential to be developed into post-scarcity societies, and thus can imagine the fulfillment of the social and cultural potentialities latent in a technology of abundance. [3] The self-administration of society is now made possible by technological advancement and, when technology is used in an ecologically sensitive manner, the revolutionary potential of society will be much changed. [4]

Bookchin claims that the expanded production made possible by the technological advances of the twentieth century were in the pursuit of market profit and the expense of the needs of humans and ecological sustainability . The accumulation of capital can not be considered as a prerequisite for liberation, and the notion that such obstructions as the state , social hierarchy , and political vanguard are necessary in the struggle for freedom of the working classes can be dispelled as a myth. [4]


Bookchin’s thesis has been seen as a form of anarchism more radical than that of Noam Chomsky ; Both concur That while information technology , being white controlled by the bourgeoisie , Is not Necessarily liberatory, Bookchin does not control the refrain from countering this by Developing new, innovative and radical technologies of the self. [3] Postanarchistscholar Lewis Call compares Bookchin’s language to that of Marcel Mauss , George Bataille and Herbert Marcuse , and notes that Bookchin anticipates the importance of cybernetic technologyto the development of human potential over a decade before the origin of cyberpunk . [3] The collection has been cited favorably by Marius de Geus as presenting “inspiring sketches” of the future, [5] and “an insightful analysis” and “a discussion of revolutionary potential in a society” by Peggy Kornegger in her essay “Anarchism: The Feminist Connection”. [6]

See also

  • Counterrevolution and Revolt
  • The Dispossessed
  • Abundance (economics)
  • Nanosocialism
  • Post-scarcity economy
  • Social ecology


  1. Jump up^ “Post-scarcity anarchism, [WorldCat.org]” . WorldCat.org . Retrieved 2008-06-10 .
  2. Jump up^ Smith, Mark (1999). Thinking through the Environment . New York: Routledge. ISBN  0-415-21172-7 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:d Call, Lewis (2002). Postmodern Anarchism . Lexington: Lexington Books. ISBN  0-7391-0522-1 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b “Post-Scarcity Anarchism” . AK Press . Retrieved 2016-08-01 .
  5. Jump up^ Geus, Marius (1998). Ecological Utopias . Utrecht: International Books. ISBN  90-5727-019-6.
  6. Jump up^ Kornegger, Peggy (2003). “Anarchism: The Feminist Connection”. In Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Quiet Rumors . Stirling: AK Press . ISBN  1-902593-40-5 .

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