On Spontaneity and Organisation
Bookchin, MurrayPublisher: Solidarity (London), London, United Kingdom
Year Published: 1975 First Published: 1971
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX5611
On the relationship of spontaneity and revolution.
Abstract: Bookchin argues that socialism, far from being at the very vanguard of society, has in fact become almost quaintly outdated - its desires for emancipation have been outstripped by societies themselves. Feminism and environmentalism have long been given short shrift by socialists, and their proclivity for hierarchical organization is rapidly alienating the party from even its bedrock of factory workers. A "new Enlightenment" has encompassed Western society, allowing for new dynamic self-emancipation and emotional engagement with the world. Hence, the most threatening concept is now sponaneity - the "behaviour, feeling and thought that is free of external constraint, of imposed restriction." The role of revolutionaries, therefore, can only begin "when the individual undertakes to to remake himself or herself."