mark bray on antifa. we’d rather read anarchists writing on antifa, but those will take longer to find, apparently. so for now, here’s a piece by bray, and here’s a review of his book from the new york times.
some questions are 1. what are the underlying premises of antifa (two mentioned already are a. no platform, and b. left unity. populism is also in there)… and 2. what are the foundations of today’s antifa (assuming it’s different from anti-fascist activity in previous decades). 3. the question of free speech (antifa is anti-free speech, which is a difference from most liberal, populist tendencies. how does that change an anarchist response to antifa, or does it?)…
the person who is writing this post thinks of antifa as not just antifascist action and belief, but as a body of organizing practices and principles. but that is probably worth questioning also. probably people’s experiences with this will vary.
and another link with an extensive debate on no-platforming as a demand (for those who have the time)…
perhaps next week (10/10) we will look into this article by noel ignatiev (significant for starting race traitor, an interesting take on fighting racist behavior and expectations by white people). this piece is about redneck revolt, among other things. worth talking about anyway.
some excerpts and the first section of the trouble with being born (i’m thinking to the end of page 12?)
i didn’t hear which of the readings people decided on:
is writing by him
and here is writing about him
we’re reading both.
gilles dauve’s article, when insurrections die.
hard copy for this week. it’s a chapter from the book Charles Fourier. the chapter is the anatomy of the passions. there’s a single remaining hard copy at the long haul in the study group mail box.
none of us have read (much) fourier! so now we rectify that. here is a page for a bunch of essays (we’re not reading all of them, but they are short, and you can browse to your own interest). i suggest the following for 8.22: “Critique of the Revolutionary Ideals”, “Accusation of the Uncertain Sciences”, The Phalanstery, and “Attractive Labour”, by fourier himself, and “The Lemonade Ocean & Modern Times” by hakim bey. each is about a page long.
the first article is the actual reading — supplemental stuff follows that (from page 537 on)
about robert graham: Graham is also the author of many articles on the history of anarchist ideas and contemporary anarchist theory. He was an editor and contributor to the North American anarchist newsjournal, Open Road, for which he interviewed both Murray Bookchin and Noam Chomsky (the latter interview, “The Manufacture of Consent,” has been reprinted in Carlos Otero’s collection of Chomsky interviews, Language and Politics). Drawing on the work of the feminist political theorist, Carole Pateman, Graham has argued in favour of a conception of direct democracy based on the notion of self-assumed obligation, which emphasizes the right of minority dissent as opposed to simple majority rule. His view of anarchism is similar to anarchist communists, such as Peter Kropotkin, and communitarian anarchists, such as Colin Ward, advocating horizontal webs of ever-changing voluntary associations dealing with all aspects of social life.
Most recently, he has written a book on the origins of the anarchist movement from the debates and struggles within the International Workingmen’s Association (the so-called “First International”) during the 1860s and 1870s in Europe, entitled ‘We Do Not Fear Anarchy – We Invoke It’: The First International and the Origins of the Anarchist Movement,’ published by AK Press in July 2015. The quotation in the title is taken from Michael Bakunin, written around the time that he officially joined the International in 1868.
Again from black seed #5, still available at the long haul if you haven’t picked one up yet. This time we’re reading uncivilized artists, violent aesthetes, on page 27, by linn o’mable.
The piece from black seed 5 called “Murder of the Civilized.” black seed 5 is available for free at the long haul.
The reading for 7/11 is hard copy (thanks jh and k!). there are three extra copies in the long haul ASG mailbox. it’s a piece by de acosta, from a book he translated on horror. (his article is entitled “three fragments and three figures after Luduena’s Lovecraft.”)
THE FOLLOWING WEEK JULY 18
updated reading is from queers gone wild from baedan.
we’re planning on reading from Hocquenghem’s homosexual desire. the pdf is here. it’s too long for a single reading (for us), so we’ll figure out what section on 7/11.