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(en) America, Memorial Statement for Murray Bookchin of North East Federation of Anarchists Communists (NEFAC)

Date Thu, 17 Aug 2006 12:12:18 +0300

The Northeastern Federation of Anarchist-Communists (NEFAC) extends its
deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and all of the comrades of
Murray Bookchin. Comrade Bookchin was a man who rigorously believed in
the ideal of a free society. Without him, we find ourselves missing one
of the great libertarian thinkers of our time--a man who was not afraid
to speak and make his opinions known, whether popular or unpopular, and
a man who led an active and committed life in the struggle for a true
social freedom, an ecological society, and a popular, participatory,
directly democratic politics. We stand enriched not only by his
contributions to left libertarian thought but also by the life he lived,
in which he participated in and shaped many social movements, brought
the Institute for Social Ecology, along with others, into being, and was
a tireless critic of anti-social and anti-democratic trends within the
anarchist, radical left, and ecological milieux.

In honor of Murray's frankness of opinion, and with true respect for his
ideas, we say that as a federation of class struggle anarchists, were
comrade Bookchin here right now we would find ourselves in disagreement
over a number of political issues and that is particularly why we will
miss him so. Here stood not only an individual who constructed a
visionary and rational set of politics for a free, directly democratic
society but also a person who challenged all of those around him to
think critically and sharpen their own ideas.

With revolutionary spirit and deepest respect, we lament the passing of
Murray Bookchin and celebrate the life he lived. May he never be
forgotten, may a new generation be inspired by his thinking and life,
and may the construction of a free, classless, directly democratic
society be the ultimate and lasting memorial to a man who relentlessly
pursued the ideal.

Open City Collective (New York City), General Secretariat
Northeastern Federation of Anarchist-Communists (NEFAC)

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