anarchism

Thu
24
Mar

21st Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair

Saturday April 23, 2016, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The New Oakland Metro House, 522 Second Street, Oakland, CA (2 blocks from West Oakland BART) / http://www.oaklandmetro.org/

More information: http://bayareaanarchistbookfair.com/

The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is a radical gathering with thousands of people attending and over 60 vendors sharing books, pamphlets, posters, artwork and more. This annual event is free and open to the public, welcoming people interested and engaged in radical politics to connect and learn through book and information tables, workshops, panel discussions, skillshares, films and more. It is an inclusive space to introduce new people to anarchist ideas, foster productive dialogue between various radical and Left political traditions, and create an opportunity to discuss radical politics, philosophy, and social movements.

Tue
22
Mar

BASTARD Conference 2016

From BASTARD Conference

We are running a little late but, as you can probably imagine, finding a place to hold an anarchist theory conference isn't as easy as it used to be. In our case it is as much about aging as it is about the horrorshow of land pricing but either way we now have a venue. The Omni Commons will be hosting the 2016 Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory, And Research, & Development conference.

Tue
16
Feb

The Nine Filters That Explain Why Fundamental Change Cannot Come From Voting

With General Election 2016 upon us, why can't the 99% simply vote in a government that acts in our interests and not that of the 1%? At a simple level parliamentary elections sound like the ideal way for the mass of the ‘have nots’ to use their numbers to overcome the power and influences of the tiny number of have’s. Occupy talked about this division in the language of the 1% and 99%; a crude approximation that does reflect a reality where the number of wealthy decision makers is actually very tiny, indeed less than 1%

Mon
01
Feb

Global inequality is escalating rapidly - let’s end concentrations of wealth and power, completely

AndrewNFlood
Infoshop News (via Anarchist Writers)
February 1, 2016

Oxfam has just released a report that shows global inequality has escalated rapidly over the last 6 years.  The particular measure they used is a very important one.  First they calculated the wealth held by the poorest 50% of the planets population, which is about 3.6 billion people. And then they asked how many of the richest people held the same amount of wealth.

Mon
01
Feb

Myths About Anarchism

This is a write-up of my talk at the 2015 London Anarchist Bookfair. It is based on my notes and so will not be exactly the same as at the event but it will be close enough. The meeting summary initially submitted for the programme was:

Anarchists and anarchism have had a lot of nonsense written about them over the years. Whether it is proclaiming that we want chaos or see revolution as an easy process, the “conventional wisdom” is often at odds with reality. This applies to individual anarchists, with Proudhon painted as an advocate of “labour notes” or Kropotkin a gentle Prince of non-violence who had an idealistic vision of social revolution. This is not true. Anarchism and anarchists have a coherent and practical vision of both social change and a better (not perfect) society. Join Iain McKay (author of An Anarchist FAQ) as be explodes some of the common myths about anarchism and anarchists.

Thu
21
Jan

Mexico: On Anarchist Internationalism

As other comrades put it well: we anarchists are internationalists until we have destroyed the nations. Even if the first step is to not recognise nor accept them, their destruction is part of the project of destruction of the State.

Anarchy has always stood on an internationalist position. We are well aware that we should take our local context into account, but internationalism is an inseparable characteristic of the thought which tries to annihilate any sort of State and authority, opposes all form of progress and forges a life attitude in revolt against the whole existent.

Fri
15
Jan

Review: Anarchy in the USA

by Ron Jacobs
The Counterpunch
January 15, 2016

Wed
30
Dec

MOCAD's 'Fifth Estate' 50th anniversary exhibition closes Sunday

By Lee DeVito
December 29, 2015

Long before Metro Times, the Fifth Estate was serving up opposing viewpoints to Detroit's mainstream media. Today, the countercultural magazine is still going strong, having celebrated its 50th anniversary on Nov. 15.

The occasion was marked with a retrospective at MOCAD's Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead, which closes Sunday. Titled You Can't Print That! 50 Years of the Fifth Estate, the exhibition takes a look at the magazine's founding and history, its impact on the local media, notable alumni, and more.

The exhibition has a closing reception from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided — as well as free back issues of the Fifth Estate, while supplies last. There is also an opportunity to purchase the new 50th Anniversary Winter 2016 issue, the 40th anniversary issue, T-shirts, photography by Leni Sinclair, and posters by Gary Grimshaw.

Tue
29
Dec

Report: To Change Everything U.S. Tour

by b. traven
Dec 28th, 2015
CrimethInc

Last month, we concluded the To Change Everything US tour, bringing together anarchists from Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and North America to compare notes on the uprisings and social movements of the past decade. In the course of 65 days, we presented 59 events in 57 towns, speaking with well over 2000 people altogether. To hear an audio recording from one of the presentations, tune in to episode 44 of the Ex-Worker Podcast.

Mon
21
Dec

New York City Anarchist Book Fair, April 2016

to celebrate 10th anniversary, Sat., April 16, 2016

The 10th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair will be held on Sat., April 16, 2016, at Judson Memorial Church on Sat., April 18, 2015, continuing a tradition that began with our first event in 2007. The book fair will once again bring publishers, designers, writers, artists, musicians, and activists from all over North America and many other parts of the world to this historic location in Greenwich Village—the neighborhood that is one of the birthplaces of the anarchist movement in the US.

What: 2016 Annual NYC Anarchist Book fair
Where: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, in Manhattan
When: Book Fair—Sat., April 16, 11am-6pm; Art Festival—Fri., April 15, 7pm-5am; Film Festival—Sat., April 16, 7p-1am

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