|Janet Biehl has always gone
against the prevailing fashions. Born in 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she did not join the
radical movements of the 1960s like many of her peers. On the contrary, she
describes herself as rather straight during this time.
However, in early 1970s, when many were abandoning cultural radicalism,
Biehl was inspired by avant-garde performance groups such as the Living Theater and
subsequently completed a degree in theater at Wesleyan University.
The desire to become an actress led her to New York City, where
Biehl began to turn to radical theory and politics. Although the New Left was now a thing
of the past, the election of Ronald Reagan and her growing disenchantment with the arts
made this a natural choice.
While pursuing an MA in liberal arts at the CUNY graduate center,
she became aware of Murray Bookchins work and attended the Institute for Social
Ecology in 1986.
Bookchins work helped Biehl articulate her radical commitments
with a new fullness. Shortly thereafter she moved to Burlington, Vermont, to work more
closely with Bookchin and became his companion and closest collaborator. She lives and
works with him to this day, making her living as a freelance copy editor. Unlike many of
her generation - whose lives constitute a long retreat from youthful radicalism - Biehl
has gone consistently in the opposite direction.
Janet Biehl in Burlington, Vermont.
SELECTED WORKS ------
The Politics of Social Ecology: Libertarian
Municipalism. Montreal: Black Rose, 1997.
The Murray Bookchin Reader
Cassell Academic, 1997.
Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience (with
Peter Staudenmaier). San Francisco: AK Press, 1996.
Rethinking Ecofeminist Politics. Boston: South
End Press, 1991.
"Militia Fever: The Fallacy of Neither
Left nor Right" Green Perspectives, No. 37, 1996.
"European Greens: From Movement to
Party," Society and Nature, No. 3, 1993
"Women and the Democratic Tradition,"
Green Perspectives, No. 16 & 17, 1989.
"Goddess Mythology and Ecological
Politics" New Politics, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1989.
"Critique of the Draft Program of the Left
Green Network" (with Murray Bookchin), Green Perspectives, No. 23,