Anarchist hero Murray Bookchin was a Zionist who whitewashed Israeli colonialism and war crimes


Murray Bookchin is something of a saint in the anarchist community. His ideas on social ecology and what he termed “libertarian municipalism” and “communalism” have influenced generations of self-declared leftists, and he was frequently cited as an ideological force behind the anti-globalization and Occupy Wall Street movements.

Bookchin became especially influential in Kurdish circles after Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), adopted his ideas to advance a vision of “democratic confederalism,” a vision his followers later attempted to implement in northeast Syria — with the help of the US military.

What is not often mentioned, however, is that — like many of his anarchists and “libertarian socialist” peers — Bookchin was very soft on imperialism, and in some cases downright apologetic.

Specifically, Bookchin was a Zionist who publicly whitewashed and even rationalized Israel’s crimes against humanity. He also frequently demonized independent post-colonial governments in the Global South, echoing imperialist propaganda and chauvinistic myths about countries targeted by the United States for regime change.


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  1. It was an interesting article, but I felt in parts it was trying to poison the well against libertarian municipalism in favor of traditional marxism. Also, the thing about Murray Bookchin being welcome in libertarian spaces because of his support of Israel is strange, as I don’t think there is one position in libertarianism on Israel. The article I could find from Rothbard about Isreal seems to favor two state solution and blames Israel in great part. – https://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/07/murray-n-rothbard/war-guilt-in-the-middle-east/

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