reading for 4/5

radical sobriety montreal’s opening FB entry:

 Radical Sobriety Montreal is organized by and for radical addicts/alcoholics in recovery. It’s a grassroots response to the reality of widespread addiction in our communities and our lives. It’s an affinity group, based on carrying out the direct action of recovery. It’s a collective, aiming to facilitate individual growth, accountability for our actions, and support for trauma. It’s a safe* place to talk about dangerous things.

Membership is open to anyone who is anywhere within the process of recovery, and who is committed to maintaining an anti-oppressive environment at meetings. We maintain a very low tolerance for hurtful bullshit, while prioritizing accessibility. In other words, we emphasize sincerity of action over vocabulary, as we recognize the complex barriers to accessibility facing many addicts/alcoholics.

Operating according to the premise that solidarity means taking care of each other, we meet weekly to offer support, safety, company, and guidance wherever possible. Believing that the personal is political, we try to engage with our addictions within the framework of radical political analysis. We reject models characterizing our addictions as being purely personal, spiritual, or moral failings, and instead understand addiction as a multi-layered phenomenon, with complex causes and consequences, stretching from the level of social structure all the way down to the biomolecular level.
* within the context of constantly talking about really heavy shit with a bunch of fiends and drunks


greenanarchy website has an article called intoxication culture that links alcohol with the rise of civilization and includes the following paragraph
Intoxication Culture is defined as a “set of institutions, behaviors, and mindsets around consumption of drugs and alcohol” by the author of Towards a Less Fucked Up World: Sobriety and Anarchist Struggle.7 To be clear, Intoxication Culture is not the same as intoxication itself. As mentioned earlier, many prehistoric (or is it pre-hysteric?) foraging people have, and their modern descendants continue to carry, knowledge of intoxicating plants and substances. The difference between an individual experience and our habitude is just that: what for the primal person is an individualized, conditional moment is for the civilized a compulsion. I have chosen to use the term Addiction Culture to expand and extend this concept to include other psychoactive substances, the pharmaceuticals that are pushed by mental and other conventional health industries, the aforementioned dependence upon technological mediation, and in fact the whole of domesticated existence.

both those are linked in the article “the revolution will not be sober

and radical sobriety montreal responds

so this week we’re talking all about drugs, drug use, morality, best practices, cultures of resistance being in conflict with each other, how we work with other people (or don’t), and so on.

for 2.23.16

we will be ending our month of readings of the sits by watching an hour of the debord film, can dialectics break bricks, an example of the kind of situation that the sits thought might have a chance of giving people room to think differently.

there will probably be more discussion after the film about art, other kinds of situations and interventions, perhaps some about the non-french situationists, and so on.

Four weeks on the Situationist Internationale

Week 1 – Cities: January 26th
Unitary Urbanism
Formulary for a New Urbanism
Another City for Another Life

some preparatory questions:

these readings are pro-urban, with a lot of passionate thinking about how cities constrain and also liberate people (or at least have a lot of power to liberate people, if some major things changed). here on the west coast, that is a fairly unusual take these days. mostly people talk about cities being bad places, to raise children, to get away from capitalism and/or the state (ha), to have better kinds of relationships, etc.

what does it look like to take a modern positive view of urban life? how do we think cities could change to be liberatory spaces? what impact would flexible and mobile housing have on cityscapes and our imaginations?
Week 2 – activism: February 2nd
On the Poverty
Critique of the new left
Week 3 – spectacular reality: February 9th
Bad Days
Basic Banalities
All the Kings Men
Week 4 – desire: February 16th
New Forms
Perspectives for Conscious Changes in Everyday Life
Instructions for an Insurrection
Response to a Questionnaire from the Center for Socio-Experimental Art

All readings are from the SI anthology