Join the Anarchism in America reading group!

Read and discuss texts on anarchism in the USA, its history, and its various strands in an informal setting. The group meets Fridays, 17:00-19:00 at Black Pigeon, Scharnhorststraße 50, in Dortmund.

Language of discussion will depend on group members‘ preference and decided on-site. Regular attendance is not mandatory.

The first meeting will be on Friday, November 16, 2018. The first discussion topic will be “Defining Anarchism”:

Emma Goldman, “Anarchism: What It Really Stands For”; Voltairine de Cleyre, “Anarchism & American Traditions.”

A reader including all texts can be found here: Word DOC

Further dates:

November 23: Haymarket

August Spies, “Address to the Court”; Voltairine de Cleyre, “At the Grave at Waldheim”; Kenneth Rexroth, “Waldheim.”

November 30: Individualist Anarchism

Josiah Warren, “Manifesto”; Benjamin Tucker, “State Socialism and Anarchism”; Bob Black, “The Abolition of Work.”

December 7: Anarcha-Feminism

Voltairine de Cleyre, “Sex Slavery”; Peggy Kornegger, “Anarchism: The Feminist Connection”; Gay Liberation Front: Manifesto

December 14: Anarchism & Education

Francisco Ferrer, “Reform of the School” (1913); Paul Goodman, from Compulsory Miseducation, chapters 9-11 (1969)

January 11: Sacco and Vanzetti

Robert D’Attilio, “The Sacco and Vanzetti Case”; Bartolomeo Vanzetti, “The Story of a Proletarian Life”; Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, “Sacco and Vanzetti”; Edna Millay, “Justice Denied in Massachusetts”; John Dos Passos, “They Are Dead Now”

January 18: Anarcho-Syndicalism

Rudolf Rocker, from Anarchosyndicalism; Langston Hughes, “Spanish Civil War Broadside”; Noam Chomsky, “Notes on Anarchism”

January 25: Christian Anarchism

Adin Ballou, “The Superiority of Moral over Political Power”; Dorothy Day, “Wealth, The Humanity of Christ, Class War”; “The Family vs Capitalism”

February 1: Eco-Anarchism

Henry David Thoreau, “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”; Murray Bookchin, “Society and Ecology” (final section)

February 8: Post-Colonial Anarchism

Ashanti Alston, “Black Anarchism,” Ricardo Flores Magon, “Land and Liberty.”

 

Discussion Group on Anarchism in America

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