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Mapping Society along Ecological Lines

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Cairns Birdwing
What can the butterfly teach us?

Social ecology is an appeal not only for moral regeneration but also, and above all, for social reconstruction along ecological lines.” – Murray Bookchin

Social ecology seeks to philosophically fuse the natural world (first nature) with that of human society (second nature), saturating the latter in the roots of the former. By appealing for moral regeneration, social ecology strives to socially reconstruct present-day society along ecological lines.

Society is in need of identifying and replacing forms of social domination associated with our economic system. Social ecology presents such a case. It claims that the environmental crisis is a result of the hierarchical organization of power and the authoritarian mentality rooted in the structures of our society. The Western ideology of dominating the natural world arises from these social relationships. As Bookchin argues, if we are to change human society, our relationship with the rest of nature will inevitably become transformed.

Bookchin’s “grow or die” economic paradigm is best presented upon the mapping of his first-and-second nature ideology.

In keeping attuned to Bookchin’s focus, I have included four (4) papers that I encourage the digital traveler to consume for they all emit hope of an ecologically sustainable society.

Paper 1
Author: Sonja
Source: Institute for Social Ecology
Title: Buttercups and Sunflowers: On the Evolution of First and Second Nature

Paper 2
Author: Murray Bookchin
Source: Anarchy Archives
Title: What Is Social Ecology?

Paper 3
Author: Murray Bookchin
Source: Institute for Social Ecology
Title: Social Ecology and Communalism

Paper 4
Author/Source: The Green Fuse
Title: Social Ecology

Your Thoughts

1. The supposed causal connections between capitalism, hierarchy, domination, and environmental issues. Don’t spiritual and ideological structures play a crucial role?

2. The approach to human participation in the natural world. What role should humanity play in responding to the environmental crisis? An active, technological role? Or, should we look to “noninterference” as our guiding principle?

Request: Please comment on this post by answering at least one of the above questions (preferably both) as I think it will make for meaningful dialogue.


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