I have been studying Biehl’s biography of Bookchin very closely.
I think it confirms my original thinking when I first arrived back in Perth from Sydney. I disagree with orthodox anarchism that radicals should avoid local government. I think we need an engagement with some sort of local structures to organise around.
It also confirms my feeling about much orthodox Marxist/socialist organising as well—it looks far too much to the past, as if we need to re-enact what the Bolsheviks did.
We need to be promiscuous with our ideas, and always be looking to the future. What will work for pushing forward communism in the future? How can we be travelling into the future? Obviously we need some engagement with the past—Marx, Bookchin, Kropotkin, etc were all historians, in addition to scientists and philosophers—but we need some radical acceptance of the present as well!