What is anarchism? What do anarchists believe? What do anarchists do? How does anarchist politics apply to contemporary society? What’s the best way to introduce people to anarchist ideas?
This May we’re re-starting our monthly Red & Black Reading Group. Each month we aim to talk about a different aspect of political theory, in an accessible way, with the aim of applying these ideas in practice. These groups are open to anyone, although we ask all participants to be respectful of each other’s perspectives and viewpoints in the interest of a productive discussion of the text.
We’ll be starting out with three texts that aim to introduce readers to revolutionary anarchism. Come along and let us know what you think of them: what works, what doesn’t, what ideas you found interesting, what you disagreed with, what criticisms you have, etc. Whether you’re already a committed anarchist or just interested in learning more about anarchist ideas, we want to hear from you. If you can’t make it to the group, feel free to use this event page, or the comments section below, to discuss the texts and what you think of them.
A short text written by the libcom.org group giving their take on libertarian communism.
A pocket pamphlet produced by the Anarchist Federation, available online for free in various formats or in paper form from Active Distribution for only 15 pence: http://www.activedistributionshop.org/shop/anarchism/3975-a-short-introduction-to-anarchist-communism.html
An illustrated manifesto from prole.info, laying out their vision of an anarchist, communist, revolutionary politics of everyday life. Hard copies are available from Active Distribution for just 80 pence: http://www.activedistributionshop.org/shop/pamphlets-booklets/1855-work-community-politics-war.htm
We will be meeting at the Eagle Tavern, at 2 pm on Sunday the 28th of May.