Anarchy After Leftism by Bob Black

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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The Athenian polis, the most advanced form of duect democracy ever practiced for any extended period, was . oligarchic. , the polis excluded . the overwhelming majority of adult Athemans. Even the Dean acknowledges, but attaches no importance to, the fact that maybe three-fourths of adult male Athenians were "slaves and disenfranchised resident aliens" (1987: 35). It could not have been otherwise: These large disenfranchised populations provided the material means for many Athenian male citizens to convene in popular assemblies, function as mass juries in trials, and collectively administer the affairs of the community (Bookchin 1989: 69).

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Either the Dean has re­ versed himself without admitting it, or else the most favor­ able review he's ever received from a non-anarchist, bona fide scholar rested on a serious misreading of Bookchin's magnum opus. And it was all downhill from there. )-was contested, not only by Field, but subsequently by anarch�st L. Susan Brown. As a feminist she thinks it's more plaUSible that the sexual division of labor, whether or not it was necessarily hierarchi­ cal, eventually turned out to be the origin of hierarchy (19';13: 160-161).

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