Murray Bookchin


Murray Bookchin was an American social theorist, author, orator, historian, and political philosopher. A pioneer in the environmental movement, Bookchin formulated and developed the theory of social ecology and urban planning within anarchist, libertarian socialist, and ecological thought.

Many SolarPunks see Murray as a founding father of the SolarPunk movement; he often would criticize our current worldly system by stating that the problem was the hierarchal structure of our system. Humanity, for its first tens of thousands of years, saw each other and nature as equals. Thus there was very little war or conflict; Murray Bookchin states that the beginning of an unfair system likely started in Ancient Egypt when the kings and pharaohs decided to take advantage of the civilization’s labor through the creation of the pyramids and other monuments.

Bookchin believes in a world where work can become more playful, and that civilization can find peace by realigning with our old ways.

I highly recommend checking out this short seven-part interview of Murray in the 1990s, where he outlines his philosophy: