Finally, an optimist… but…

Bookchin’s optimism shines through every page. And indeed, in the half-century that has passed since his essay was written, we have achieved several of the technological advances that he describes. Yet the political and social change that are also critical to the achievement of Bookchin’s vision (as noted by Morozov in his reference to Bookchin) have arguably not come about. Why is this? What are we missing? What would be your vision for a manner or method in which we could radically shift political and social organization toward one that would be more conducive to using technology for our own liberation? Or do you believe that such shift is an impossible dream?

2 thoughts on “Finally, an optimist… but…

  1. I agree – his optimism was welcome. I don’t have an answer to what we are missing — but I think we missed the boat with regards to Bookchin’s whole vision. The technology — and some of the good — came to pass, but also became decoupled from the larger changes (political, social, ecological) he anticipated. Maybe it’ll just take another 50 or 100 years?

  2. I think we’re in this strange stage of technological development where, although many technologies are designed to “liberate” us from labor, they actually just shift where we spend our time. Because our (perhaps artificials) demands on our time have grown, technological advances just shift our time around, not the opposite.

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