Reading for March 13th

We will be discussing the first chapter of Dialectic of Enlightenment by Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno. The chapter is titled The Concept of Enlightenment. There are two links for the chapter as there are two translations (you only need to read one of them).

The improved 2002 Edmund Jephcott translation is a rougher scan and may not work for all printers. It is available here: http://www.mediafire.com/?sx2ua7z1bre1y3v

The 1972 John Cumming translation is a better scan and it is available here: http://www.mediafire.com/?ooj4p3i7g047uzw

2012 BASTARD Conference – Workshop Callout

2012 BASTARD Conference – Theme: No Future

Time is a beast. It has torn through humans chasing them from the fields and woods into suits and office buildings, suburbs and mortgages. There was a chance we were going to defeat it, on the commons of England, Mesopotamia, or during the revolutions on the old continent. But we didn’t. Instead time sits on our chests and makes us do horrible things.

This years BASTARD conference will examine time in all its perniciousness. What does a critique of time say about our relationship to history. Is history redeemable? Are we living at the end of history with the glorious victory of the neo-liberal revolution of the past 50 years? If there is no time does that argue for eternal recursion? Is there hope if there is no time?

Contribute a workshop to the 2012 BASTARD conference on this theme, a related topic, or something else entirely. Send your proposals to conference@sfbay-anarchists.org

Theme: No Future
Date: April 1st
Location: East Bay, CA

January 23rd & 30th

January 23rd we will be reading Baudelaire. It will be selections from Les Fleurs du Mal and you can expect to read aloud.

January 30th we will be reading selections about and by G Bataille. This includes “The Gift of Rivalry – Potlach”, “The Place of Violence”, and part of the secondary source “against architecture”.

Scribd – Potlach

Bataille – The Place of Violence – Selected Writings

against_architecture_introduction

Next month is a series of readings on History including:
1) First French Revolution (Feb 7th with potluck @ 7pm)
2) May 1968 (we will talk mostly Paris) – Feb 14th
3) 1977 (Italy) – Feb 21th
4) 1980s Bay Area Radical History