The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy

The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy

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The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy by Murray Bookchin

Many similarities exist between the new movements against austerity that have emerged since 2011, ranging from Taksim Square in Turkey to the Chilean student protests, and from Greece to NYC. One of them is their return to the principles of direct democracy and their organization around popular assemblies. These ideas are hardly new – Murray Bookchin, who is one of the leading anarchist thinkers of the twentieth century, has been elaborating ideas about popular assemblies for several decades that have influenced thinkers such as David Harvey. The Next Revolution brings together Bookchin’s writings on popular assemblies for the first time, just as his ideas are rekindling the radical imagination worldwide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781685815
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 785,964
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Murray Bookchin was an active voice in the ecology and anarchist movements for more than forty years, and is the author of The Ecology of Freedom and Post-Scarcity Anarchism, among many other books.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ursula K. Le Guin ix

Introduction Debbie Bookchin Blair Taylor xiii

1 The Communalist Project 1

2 The Ecological Crisis and the Need to Remake Society 31

3 A Politics for the Twenty-First Century 43

4 The Meaning of Confederalism 67

5 Libertarian Municipalism: A Politics of Direct Democracy 83

6 Cities: The Unfolding of Reason in History 97

7 Nationalism and the "National Question" 109

8 Anarchism and Power in the Spanish Revolution 139

9 The Future of the Left 145

Acknowledgements 195

Further Reading 197

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