The Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair is taking place March 3-4 and aims to be a space for convergence and discussion among anarchists and anti-authoritarians from across Southern Ontario. Our hope with this weekend is to contribute to rebuilding a sense of regional cohesion among various anarchist tendencies, to meet each other, share information about our contexts and projects, and find ways to work together to push back the smothering blanket of Canadian progressive democracy to lay bare the antagonisms that contained in capitalism and the state here and everywhere.
Barbarians by Chris and Odotheus is a text of some importance for anarchists and anyone else who sincerely desires the destruction of this social world of exploitation and domination. It presents a devastating critique of a book that has become one of the most significant theoretical influences on a major part so-called anti-globalisation movement, Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Hardt and Negri claim to be post-dialectical and post-Marxist. It merely takes a slight rip of the veil to expose a historical determinism and a rigid dialectic of class struggle that reflects one of the crudest versions of Marxism.
Insurrectionalist Anarchism – Part One by Alfredo M. Bonanno. Contents: Introduction, Affinity, Informal Organisation, The Revolutionary Project.
The Black Bloc Papers second edition – An Anthology of Primary Texts From The North American Anarchist Black Bloc 1988-2005. The Battle of Seattle Through The Anti-War Movement. Edited and compiled by David Van Deusen and Xaviar Massot of The Green Mountain Anarchist Collective.
This Free book by Antonio Téllez tells of the life, the action, and the death of one of the best-known of all the Spanish resistance fighters: El Sabaté! Introduction by Alfredo M. Bonanno.
The recent death of Ursula Le Guin reminded me of Louise Michel (1830-1905), the French revolutionary anarchist. For one thing, Michel wrote some anarchist science fiction herself in the 1880s, The Human Microbes (1887) and The New World (1888), sharing some similarities with Le Guin’s The Dispossessed. The New World features a utopian anarchist community in the arctic, an environment equally as inhospitable as the desert moon, Anarres, in The Dispossessed, from which the anarchists aim to migrate into space. Michel also reminds me a bit of Odo, the anarchist feminist sage who inspired the anarchists on Anarres. But Louis Michel, in contrast to Odo, was no pacifist. In this article from 1896, Michel explains why she is an anarchist, and refers to her coming to an anarchist position on her voyage to the French penal colony in New Caledonia after the fall of the Paris Commune. One of the people on that voyage who helped persuade her to adopt an anarchist stance was Nathalie Lemel, who also played an important role during the Commune. I included excerpts from Michel’s defiant speech to the military tribunal that condemned her to the penal colony, and her defence of women’s rights, in Volume One of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas.
Between the 16 and 17 of June, the Anarchist bookfair will take place in Malmö, Sweden.
Book Review: “Anarchist Encounters. Russia in Revolution”. Edited by A.W. Zurbrugg (London: Anarres Editions -Merlin Press, 2017). With the occasion of the recent centenary of the Russian Revolution of October, 1917, Anthony Zurbrugg has edited a wonderful contribution to our understanding of those turbulent times. What we found in this collection of reports put together by Zurbrugg, are testimonies written by anarchists who visited the USSR in the crucial years of 1920-1921.
The fourteenth Zagreb Anarchist Bookfair will take place in Zagreb from April 6th to April 8th, 2018. The bookfair will take place in AKC Medika, Pierottijeva 11.
Review of Jonathan M. Smucker, Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals. How can we build an effective popular movement to change society? That is the subject of this book, which has been widely praised. In my opinion, it has important and profoundly true things to say, but is politically unbalanced and mistaken in certain ways.
The Politics of Attack: Communiqués and Insurrectionary Violence (Contemporary Anarchist Studies MUP Series) by Michael Loadenthal. A book, published on August 30, 2017.
This years Manchester and Salforf anarchist bookfair will take place at the second of December.