The Ecology of Freedom : The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy

Murray Bookchin



Using a synthesis of ecology, anthropology, philosophy and political theory, this book traces our society's conflicting legacies of freedom and domination, from the first emergence of human culture to today's global capitalism. The theme of Murray Bookchin's grand historical narrative is straightforward: environmental, economic and political devastation are born at the moment that human societies begin to organize themselves hierarchically. And, despite the nuance and detail of his arguments, the lesson to be learned is just as basic: our nightmare will continue until hierarchy is dissolved and human beings develop more sane, sustainable and egalitarian social structures.

ISBN 9781904859260
List price $24.95
Publisher AK Press
Year of publication 2005

The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy

January 12, 2015


From Athens to New York, recent mass movements around the world have challenged austerity and authoritarianism with expressions of real democracy. For more than forty years, Murray Bookchin developed ideas and democratic aspirations into a new left politics based on popular assemblies, influencing a wide range of political thinkers and social movements. The Next Revolution brings together Bookchin’s essays on freedom and direct democracy for the first time, offering a bold political vision that can move us from protest to social transformation.