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Murray Bookchin (1921–2006) was the first of the “New Left” writers to make the link between radical politics and environmental consciousness. His works explored his concept of “social ecology,” providing a theoretical link between human and ecological frameworks. He was the author of over 20 books, and his collected works include books on ecology, history, politics, philosophy, and urban living. He was born in New York to Russian-Jewish immigrants in 1921. As a child, he participated in the Communist youth movement. Never having the opportunity to attend college, he worked in foundries and as an auto worker. While so doing, Bookchin also becoming a trade union organizer and took part in the great General Motors strike of 1946. He also served in the U.S. Army. ...

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