Thanks for checking out the Anarchist Reading Group page. We are currently hosting an informal book discussion at Bluestockings the last Sunday of the every month at 2:30pm.
The Anarchist Reading Group sponsors discussions on texts to promote the study of self-organization and mutual aid in order to help realize a liberatory society free of all forms of social domination, including but not limited to capitalism, the state, patriarchy and racial supremacy. We read both older and contemporary texts for inspiration as well as a historical understanding of the present. The Anarchist Reading Group is a project of Practical Anarchy, which believes that, in the struggle to create a liberatory society from below, everybody is capable of taking direct action to help shape their lives and their communities.
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For each of the last several months a number of us have gathered to read and reflect on classic and contemporary anarchist texts. They have provided occasions to think about gender, revolution, violence, technology, organizing, and power, among other things, both in the context of the writings themselves but also in relation to our own practice. The next step we’d like to take is to make these discussions available here as a way of sharing with those unable to attend and as a way to continue the discussion.
After each reading, we will add a link below to a page presenting some of the main points raised at the reading. It is hoped that those who attended will add their further thoughts and elaborations on the reading and that those unable to attend will join the discussion.
In doing so, we hope to learn from the various texts and each other with an eye towards better understanding and meeting the demands of transformational revolutionary praxis here and now.
January – Bookchin’s Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism: An Unbridgeable Chasm
February – Kropotkin’s The Conquest of Bread
March – Incite’s The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
April – Rocker’s Anarchism and Anarcho-syndicalism
May – Uri Gordon’s Anarchy Alive
June -Berkman’s ABC of Anarchism
July – Judith Suissa’s, Anarchism and Education
August – Andrew Cornell’s, Oppose and Propose;
September -Cindy Milstein’s Anarchism and Its Aspirations
November – Crack Capitalism by John Holloway
December – Anarchy on Film, Anthology Film Archives
January - Wobblies and Zapatistas by Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubacic
February - Zapatista Spring: Anatomy of a Rebel Water Project & the Lessons of International Solidarity by Ramor Ryan
March - Decolonizing Anarchism: An Antiauthoritarian History of India’s Liberation Struggle by Maia Ramnath
April - Living My Life, Emma Goldman
May - Revolution Starts at Home
June – God and the State by Mikhail Bakunin
July - Perspectives On Anarchist Theory V. 13 N. 1, IAS
Aug - Small is Beautiful
Sept - Do It Yourself: A Handbook for Changing Our World, Trapeze Collective (eds)
Oct - The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin
Nov - Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on Education by Robert Haworth (ed)