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Murray Bookchin (born 1921) is an American anarchist/libertarian socialist speaker and writer, and founder of the "Social Ecology" school of anarchist-envorinmental thought.

He was born in New York City January 14, 1921 and grew up as a self described "red-diaper baby", imbued with Marxist ideology from his youth. In adolescence he gravitated towards Trotskyism, then gradually became disillusioned with the coercion he saw as inherent in conventional Marxism-Leninism. In some circles he became known for his ability to deliver devastating criticisms of Marxist ideology using conventional Marxist language.

Bookchin has remained a radical anti-capitalist and vocal advocate of the decentralisation of society.

Bookchin is the author of many works, including Post Scarcity Anarchism and The Ecology of Freedom.

Quotes

  • "Peter Kropotkin described Anarchism as the extreme left wing of socialism - a view with which I completely agree. One of my deepest concerns today is that the libertarian socialist core will be eroded by fashionable, post- modernist, spiritualist, mystic individualism."

  • "Capitalism is a social cancer. It has always been a social cancer. It is the disease of society. It is the malignancy of society."

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