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Post-Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin
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Bookchin is an idealist, and on a certain level that hurts this book -- instead of detailed solutions there's flowery prose about affinity groups and ecological justice. Still, we need idealists in this age as much as we need realists, and there are a lot of the latter and not enough of the former. Post-Scarcity Anarchism is a curious book because in some respects it feel outdated -- the post-1968 assertion that revolution is just around the corner -- and in others it's well ahead of its time -- the concern about global warming. Bookchin assumes that we're living in a post-scarcity society, which I'm not so sure about, especially if you take a global view. However, our technology is definitely headed to post-scarcity (if the planet doesn't blow up first), and at some point we need to figure out how to change our society to deal with these advances. When machine labour eliminates jobs, this is at some level a good thing, but the current system ensures that instead of getting to live in leisure the humans it replaces will be reduced to nothing. This book is a solid, but flawed, start in that mission to envision a new world.
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Cole Heideman Why are you unsure if we live in a post scarcity society? it's plainly obvious we do. Go to your local supermarket and guess at how many people what can be seen on those shelves could feed if the goods were redistributed. Then take a look at how much food Americans waste every year. That alone should be enough to convince you.


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