May 2021

The Ecology of Freedom

By Murray Bookchin
Originally published by AK Press

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'The very notion of the domination of nature by man stems from the very real domination of human by human.'

With this succinct formulation, Murray Bookchin launches his most ambitious work, The Ecology of Freedom. Originally written in 1982, it is an engaging and extremely readable book of breathtaking scope, its inspired synthesis of ecology, anthropology and political theory traces our conflicting legacies of hierarchy and freedom, from the first emergence of human culture to today's globalized capitalism, constantly pointing the way to a sane, sustainable ecological future. On a college syllabus or in an activist's backpack, this book is indispensable reading for anyone who's tired of living in a world where everything is an exploitable resource.

Murray Bookchin (1921–2006) was an American anarchist, political philosopher, trade-union organizer, and a pioneer in the environmental movement.