“The first Congress of the FARJ was held with the principal objective of deepening our reflections on the question of organisation and formalising them into a programme. This debate has been happening within our organisation since 2003. We have produced theoretical materials, established our thinking, learned from the successes and mistakes of our political practice it was becoming increasingly necessary to further the debate and to formalise it, spreading this knowledge both internally and externally. The document “Social Anarchism and Organisation” formalises our positions after all these reflections. More than a purely theoretical document, it reflects the conclusions realised after five years of practical application of anarchism in the social struggles of our people.”
Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro
At our next two reading groups, we’re discussing “Social Anarchism and Organisation” by the FARJ, a Brazillian anarchist organisation. This month we’ll be reading Chapters 1-7 of the text as translated by Jonathan Payn, available online from Zabalaza books (see: http://zabalazabooks.net/2012/03/20/social-anarchism-and-organisation/). This section of the pamphlet discusses the history of anarchism in Brazil, and offers an anarchist analysis of capitalism, revolution, and social movements.
The Red and Black Reading Group aims to be a place to explore and discuss revolutionary theory with like minded people. We want to develop our ideas through discussion and debate, with an eye to applying them in practice. Anyone interested in taking part is welcome. We want to make these discussions as open and accessible as possible, so please get in touch if you have any concerns or need any help from us in order to attend.
Meet at the Packhorse Pub, 208 Woodhouse Lane, from 3 pm on the 18th of October.