"The very notion of the domination of nature by man stems from the very real domination of human by human."
With this succinct formulation, Murray Bookchin launches his most ambitious work, The Ecology of Freedom. An engaging and extremely readable book of breathtaking scope, its inspired synthesis of ecology, anthropology, and political theory traces our conflicting legacies of hierarchy and freedom, from the first emergence of human culture to today's globalized capitalism, constantly pointing the way to a sane, sustainable ecological future. On a college syllabus or in an activist's backpack, this book is indispensable reading for anyone who's tired of living in a world where everything is an exploitable resource.
Murray Bookchin (1921-2006), cofounder of the Institute for Social Ecology, was an active voice in the ecology and anarchist movements for more than forty years.
The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy
AK Press 2005