reading for 9/16 voltairine!

my favorite chick! i was assigned to choose 2, but 3 is better. :)

they-who-marry-do-ill

why-i-am-an-anarchist

anarchism-and-american-traditions

just off the top of my head – the first article is a fantastic example of a kind of argument that people rarely choose – in which the argument takes as its subject the strongest example of problematic behavior (in this case, a happy loving marriage is what voltairine takes on, when we all know there is a preponderance of Other examples). oh, that’s not a question: um, how do we do our arguments a disservice by picking easy(er) targets? what are arguments we have (with ourselves and others) where we could choose stronger targets?

the second article raises (among other things) the question of emotion among anarchists, and what role that has. this is something that the reading group might be more comfortable with talking about (especially if the feeling is anger), but that isn’t commonly accepted behavior. why do we think emotion continues to be so challenging?

the second article points out how the u.s. already has tendencies that support anarchist thought (i think voltairine does a better job than crimethinc, but i don’t recall her being much more critical of it than CI is). debate!

reading for 9.9.14

while many of us have a tendency towards philosophy, this week we are going back to basics (well, a type of basics, anyway) and reading berkman’s ABC of anarchism.
to understand best how we got here, it is helpful to remember/learn the steps in the genealogy.
what do we still agree with? what do we emphatically disagree with (and why)? what has been borne out, what has not, and what remains to be seen?

 

 

 

in memory of audrey — this was the text that decided her that she was an anarchist.

reading for 8.26

two chapters from revolt and crisis in greece
full pdf is here
revolt and crisis in greece.pdf

chapters to read are 2 (urban planning and revolt); and 3 (the polis-jungle)

1. the main question here is–how does this translate to the u.s., specifically to the areas we know and live in?
the cities we are in are certainly structured differently, and of course our cultural expectations and assumptions are also different.
2. is it possible for us to recreate our environs (in the ways that specifically chapter 3 talks about)? what would that take? where would it be most likely to last/succeed? or is this something that we should even be trying for?
3. critical mass makes a brief and surprising appearance in their analysis… what about *that*?!

8/19: Potluck (special edition!) & BASTARD Chronicals 2.0

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We will start at 7pm this week for a special appearance and report back from an old BASTARD regular and friend who has been traveling in Spain and is back to visit. Bring food!!

We will be reading the remainder of the BASTARD Chronicles – so read everything EXCEPT Xander and Tom Nomad’s essays.

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8/12: BASTARD Chronicals

We are reading:

Insurrectionary Angelology – or – Walter Benjamin Declares Social War by Lew, page 35

and

Power, Foucault, Dugger, and Social War, by Xander, page 55

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August 5th: Potluck & a Film

Its a potluck! bring food..or else!

we will be watching, then discussing, the last episode in the adam curtis documentary series The Power of Nightmares titled “Shadows in the Cave.”

marriot_911

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEF and I@ (precursor to BASTARD Chronicles) – July 29

Infinite Strike

Earth First! Means Social War

Myth of Sisyphus – July 22

Camus + Sisyphus = TLA

http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/00/pwillen1/lit/msysip.htm

 

 

dana (who got back to me VERY LATE!!! ;) ) adds:

https://www.northampton.edu/Documents/Faculty/Harold%20Weiss/Existentialism/Camus%20absurd(2).pdf

7/15: Thacker – In the Dust of the Planet

thacker
in the dust of the planet

the following is an excerpt (the entire piece is over 250 pages), we can decide to read more in future weeks if we want.

*You must Right-Click and Save As to view the file.*

in-the-dust-of-this-planet excerpt

study questions…

As Agrippa notes, “they are called occult qualities, because their causes lie hid,
and man’s intellect cannot in any way reach, and find them out.”1

what kinds of questions make sense for us (“us” meaning post-left, non-Answer-seeking, context-sensitive, curious, explorational people), and what kinds don’t?

how does our searching/questioning betray us to our enemies?

oppressed people have developed hidden language, in which cognates are used to mask meaning from bosses, masters, coercers. what do we have that is like that? assuming anarchists are pro-transparency, how do we practice it within our current context?

reading 7/15

thacker
in the dust of the planet

the following is an excerpt (the entire piece is over 250 pages), we can decide to read more in future weeks if we want.

in-the-dust-of-this-planet excerpt

a working pdf link is coming. in the mean time, study questions…

As Agrippa notes, “they are called occult qualities, because their causes lie hid,
and man’s intellect cannot in any way reach, and find them out.”1

what kinds of questions make sense for us (“us” meaning post-left, non-Answer-seeking, context-sensitive, curious, explorational people), and what kinds don’t?

how does our searching/questioning betray us to our enemies?

oppressed people have developed hidden language, in which cognates are used to mask meaning from bosses, masters, coercers. what do we have that is like that? assuming anarchists are pro-transparency, how do we practice it within our current context?