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Anarchism and Ecology

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This book outlines the history of our slow alienation from locale, and proposes some visionary and yet practical solutions to the global ecological crisis that call for the emergence of an integrated, living, and sustainable relationship with the ecological regions that surround us.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Black Rose Books
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Kenghis Khan
Jul 25, 2007 Kenghis Khan rated it it was amazing
While pedantic and hand-waving at times, Purchase's "Anarchism and Ecology" pointedly emphasizes the geographic malaise of capitalist/communist societies. Drawing on Kropotkin and the much-ignored Reclus, Purchase zeroes in on limitations imposed by the unsustainable duality between town and country, worker and farmer.

To be sure, Purchase does shroud his analysis with loaded, and to some extent debatable, terminology ("a Green Party involves bickering among Bourgeois parliamentarians"). Similar
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Megan
I think these essays would probably be useful for a lot of folks, but for anyone who's already done a lot of reading in ecological politics, they're probably a little basic. Still, I think Purchase's main points are worthwhile. They can more or less be summed up as: 1. "Organization" does not necessarily mean "centralization" or "nation-state"; 2. other forms of political and social organization are drastically needed, as the scale on which the nation-state is built is ecologically destructive; ...more
Javier
Sep 07, 2007 Javier rated it it was ok
I must say, I was rather disappointed with this book. I was really looking forward to Purchase's account of how human societies should decentralize and adopt a bio-regional basis in place of the State, but he didn't really present this very well. Poor writing style and bad analysis--I found Murray Bookchin's social ecology far more convincing.
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