reading for 10/17

we’re reading the continuing appeal again, this time with a specific focus on what perlman has to say about the differences and connections between nations and states, both in terms of territory, and in terms of cultural and/or ethnic autonomy. if you’ve done any reading on this topic, you can link them in the comments here, and we can do some supplemental reading too (for those who have time).

(not deep, and unclearly cited, but this link is sort of fun

korvin rejects adding their own link, so here it is
“for mainstream liberals, but asks some interesting questions”

reading for 10/3

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.

reading for 8.22 fourier!

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.

reading on @ in china for 8/15


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.