January 27 book discussion: Malatesta’s At the Cafe: Conversations on Anarchism

Please join Practical Anarchy NYC on January 27 at Bluestockings for a discussion of At the Cafe: Conversations on Anarchism by Errico Malatesta. In this short book, written over the course of more than 20 years, Malatesta introduces “all of the basic doctrines of communist anarchism and one by one considers many of the major objections to his position.”

imagesWhat: Reading and discussion of At the Cafe: Conversations on Anarchism

When: January 27, 2:30pm

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen St; http://www.bluestockings.com/events/

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At The Cafe: Conversations On Anarchism, by Errico Malatesta

In 1897, while Malatesta was hiding from the police, he regularly went to a cafe in Ancona, Italy. He had shaved off his usual beard, but was still taking a risk. Especially as this wasn’t an anarchist cafe, but had a variety of customers including the local policeman. The conversations he had in this cafe became the basis for the dialogs that make up this book, though it was a work he wasn’t to complete till 1920 – several wars and revolutions later! For the first time here in English, Malatesta, in his usual commonsense and matter-of-fact style, sets out and critically analyzes the arguments for and against anarchism. This is a classic defense of anarchism, that anticipates the rise of nationalism, fascism and communism.

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