By Bob Black
A respond to, and an attack on, Murray Bookchin's 'Social Anarchism Or way of life Anarchism,' Bookchin himself, Bookchinism, and so referred to as 'anarcho-leftism.'
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Arter summarizing Bookchin's Polil/cal SClellce . , Nature1 W\thout losing its distinctiveness, and can solutions to the prob ems f the modern world emerge in the relatively spontane��s �ash' Bookchin anticipates (pp. 316-317), much . " (Smlt 83'��:o) There's nothing on the pages cited whIch has an�h'ing ; do with the relatively which Smith claims spontaneous solution of socla prob�ems . that Book ch·m espouses. The reVlewe could hardly have. misunderstood B kChm. more proroundly. The Dean IS .
Consider the Paris Commune of 1871, which the Situationists referred to as the greatest rave-up of the nineteenth century: The Communards of the Belleville district in Paris, who fought the battles of the barricades and died by the tens of thousands under the guns of the � Vcrsaillais, refused to confine their insurrection to the private world described by symb�list poems. or the public world described by MarxIst economIcs. They demanded the eating and the moral, the filled belly and the heightened sensibility.
Times have changed: North American syndicalists aren't numerous, aren't able, and least of all are they generous minded, although most may be "well-educated" if you equate a good education with college-something that I, having taught American college students, don't do . The Spanish experience suggests that Michels was right about "organization" at least in the sense of large-scale ANARCHY AFrER LEFTISM 63 \)rganizations whose higher reaches consist of representa l ives, such as the Spanish CNT or the confederal "Commune of communes" (57) the Dean desires.