Reading Group

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Social Anarchism and Organisation – Red and Black Reading Group 29/11/2015

“Through the anarchist organisation anarchists articulate themselves at the political and ideological level, in order to put into practice revolutionary politics and to devise the means – the way of working – that should point to the final objectives: social revolution and libertarian socialism.” Continue reading

Social Anarchism and Organisation – Red and Black Reading Group 18/10/2015

“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 … Continue reading

Notes: Intersectional Struggle and Fighting Patriarchy

We explored the tension between identity politics and anti-oppression politics. When we’re made to feel ashamed for the categories we’re put into, it can be tempting to cling on to them as a way of countering that. As our experiences of our oppressions often follow being identified as particular a category of person, or follow our own identification with a certain group of people, it’s often simpler to base our organising around these identities. However this is difficult to do without effectively celebrating our own othering and marginalisation. Continue reading

Notes: Poll Tax Riot

At our last reading group, we discussed chapters one and four of the pamphlet “Poll Tax Riot: 10 Hours that Shook Trafalgar Square”, a compilation of personal accounts and reflections on the Poll Tax Riot in London, on the 31st of March 1990. The Poll Tax, brought in by the Thatcher government, was a much … Continue reading

Red and Black Reading Group 28/6/15: Intersectional Struggle and Fighting Patriarchy

This month we’ll be reading three short texts; two covering lived experiences of women and the intersecting oppressions they face and one about fighting patriarchy. We will then be leaving time for discussion, not only of the texts we read, but also about our own experiences and the intersections between various struggles and approaches to tackling patriarchy, racism, ablism, queerphobia, transphobia and other oppressions. Continue reading

Notes: Wageless Life

At our last reading group we discussed “Wageless Life” by Micheal Denning. This article describes how twentieth-century social democracy and state organisations established the wage-earner as the default, the norm, thereby turning the vast majority of people worldwide into an anomaly that’s invisible to society’s perception of the working class, including the workers movement. This … Continue reading

Poll Tax Riot: 10 Hours That Shook Trafalgar Square – Red and Black Reading Group 31/5/15

“Next thing I was up against the wall and riot cops were charging straight at us. I couldn’t move anywhere and was terrified as they came within a few fee, truncheons raised, manic frenzied looks on their faces. A moment later they were gone, swallowed from my view as the crowd stood its ground and … Continue reading

Wageless Life – Red and Black Reading Group 8/3/2015

“Under capitalism, the only thing worse than being exploited is not being exploited. Since the beginnings of the wage-labour economy, wageless life has been a calamity for those dispossessed of land, tools and means of subsistence.” Following on from our last reading group in January, we’re pleased to announce our next session will be from … Continue reading

Notes: Give up activism

Our first Red and Black Reading Group of 2015 took a look at Give up activism. The article written in the aftermath of the worldwide “Carnival against Capital” on June 18th 1999, take these events as the starting point for a wide-ranging critique of the outlook, practices and political strategies of the activist milieu of its time – and, to a large extent, our own. Continue reading

Give up activism – Red and Black Reading Group 25/1/15

The Red and Black Reading Group aims to be a place to explore and discuss revolutionary theory with like minded people in a relaxed setting. We want to develop our ideas through discussion and debate, with an eye to applying them in practice. Anyone interested in taking part in the discussion is welcome – no previous experience or expertise on the subject is required. Continue reading

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