An interview with Bookchin from 1979. This is what real anarchism looks like, folks. I can only imagine what kind of monstrosity he would find the USA of today to be, and what a joke he would find many of today’s “anarchists” to be.
By Jeff Riggenbach, Reason
There’s certainly nothing precedent-shattering about the thought of a speaker at a national Libertarian Party convention stirring up controversy within the libertarian movement. Timothy Leary did it in 1977 at the national convention in San Francisco. And it had been done more than a few times before that. But for a speaker at a national LP convention to stir up the movement before he’s even assumed his position on the speaker’s platform, before the convention he’s addressing has even convened—now, that’s no mean feat. And Murray Bookchin, the man who did it at the 1978 convention in Boston, may well have shattered a precedent or two in the process.
Actually, no role could possibly have made Bookchin more comfortable at the Boston convention than that of precedent shatterer: it’s a role he’s been playing for the past quarter-century. In 1951,11 years before the publication of Rachel Carson’s celebrated Silent Spring, the book that is usually credited with launching the ecology movement, Bookchin published an article on the environment called “The Problem of Chemicals” in the English socialist magazine Contemporary Issues. In 1965 he anticipated dozens of later, more influential books on the plight of the metropolis by publishing his own: Crisis in Our Cities.