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Introducing Anarchism: Stateless Socialism | Friday, 12. January 2024

AN OCCUPY RIVERSIDE THEME-NIGHT EVENT:

What is Anarchism? What is the ideology's purpose, vision, practice and goals? What are its stereotypes, realities and traditions? Are you required to wear black clothing and throw molotov cocktails? Are pink pants and butter-nut business suits just as possible? Can you punk-strut with lollipops?

Of the many political philosophies that exist, no ideology has suffered from as much discrimination and outsider-status as anarchism does. The confusion between "anarchy" and "anarchism" continues to exist, even more so now that Occupy Wall Street has surfaced in the public imagination. Long dormant since the 1890s--with a fleeting appearance in the 1960s--anarchism has resurfaced with OWS, and much of the misbegotten assumptions of its meaning remains doggedly smeared mainstream media scorn.

Take it from an infamous anarchist to define the term: as Mikhail Bakunin passionately asserts: “I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other humans, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation.”

So goes the secret history of anarchism, which has been crushed under the weight of history's simplification machine. Bakunin, a one-time comrade and later arch-nemesis of Karl Marx, remains a towering figure to many later anarchist thinkers. The advocate and activist prophetically warned that Karl Marx's "Dictatorship of the Proletariat" would still end up as a dictatorship, and for his dissent, Bakunin and other anarchist were barred from the Socialist International in 1872. The civil war between these two socialist factions remains a uniquely tragic mystery outside closed ears of consumer citizens. And so now, after the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Europe and Canada, and the peace-tents of Occupy Wall Street, it's finally time to de-closet the term and celebrate its utopian impulse.

Unbeknownst to many loosely or active members within the Occupy Movement, much of what has already happened since September in Zuccotti Park is anarchist to the core. On seeing the top-down structure of its first initial protest meeting, David Graeber--the anthropologist and anarchist--quickly broke off and formed a horizontal GA, which later became the very basis for each and every GA across the country. The Occupy Wall Street is the world's first truly leaderless movement that works from consensus via general assemblies, where mutual aid and decentralized decision-making are active ingredients, and where direct action takes the place of waiting silently for the voting booth.

Giovanni Ruiz and Matthew Snyder will be hosting this themed GA event. Matthew hopes to discuss the history of anarchism and its most modern economic vision for a better world (Participatory Economics), while Giovanni hopes to broach ideas on Athenian democracy and the impact of progressing technologies on politics, advanced automation, digital networking, artificial intelligence.

Above all else, if you have questions, or would like to share in your experiences with anarchist thought, please feel free to join us for a night of solidarity and friendship. Let's end hierarchies together.
Comments
  • I'm confused did this event already happen or is it happening in ten years?
  • Hello Everyone: I have kid-care issues this week, and I'm not prepared to set up the hosting duties quite yet, since I need to do additional research and planning, but the next Occupy Riverside Theme Night will involve a discussion, lecture or sharing of knowledge on the anarchist revolution in Catalonia. Here is the NEW theme event and FINAL date: http://www.facebook.com/events/480026858723412/?ref=ts&fref=ts
  • Just a question. Are you booking this venue or will we be meeting outside (as in a GA)?
  • Sorry, I kept this page open so I didn't have to dig through all of the event pages to find my original text. Would people be willing to meet up on February 1st or 8th? I was wanting to do something that exclusively looked at Anarchism during the Spanish Revolution in Barcelona (1936-37). I'm open to other ideas or suggestions and have no particular agenda for these OR Friday theme nights.
  • is this still happening tonight?
  • Another one of Scott's books not mentioned in the article is The Art of Not Being Governed. Among other reasons , the book is valuable for its challenge to Hobbesian convention.
  • I always miss these events because of having to work at night. :(
  • As a heads up, we are attempting to reschedule this for Friday, September 14th.
  • My apologies for the confusion this will cause: it seems that Facebook won't allow me to start fresh for the "going" list and keeps people on the list who attended the first theme night, and assumes that those same folks can come for the new date without starting back at zero, or asking anyone if they would like to come to a second meetup. So to get an approximate indication--in real-time--of the people interested in participating, I have created a new event: http://www.facebook.com/events/412188558842476/