February reading: Inhabit & critique

Join us on Sunday, February 2nd for our next anarchist bazaar and discussion! We’re (tentatively) back at Binch from 1-4 (131 Clay Street in Central Falls, RI Suite 211) – parking in the lot to the right of the building or on-street, contact us through social media if you get lost!

This month we’ll be discussing the essay Inhabit, which, like Desert, examines what happens at the end of the world but emerges with a more enthusiastic response.

We are already here–with every dystopian element, every means of revolution. The horrific consequences of our time and its beautiful potential are unfolding everywhere. We are resisting the end of the world by proliferating new worlds. We are becoming ungovernable–unbeholden to their merciless law, their crumbling infrastructure, their vile economy, and their spiritually broken culture.

Find the full essay here and be impressed by the slick web design.

We’ll also be considering one critique, Old habits die hard, which has been posted to both anarchistnews and the anarchist library.

In a website smeared in washed-out shades of nauseating orange which are the visual equivalent of an air raid siren coupled with the sound of retching, “Inhabit” prophesizes parochial dreams of bucolic vigor. As you scroll down, a demanding cadre sets about an interminable list of impossible tasks, the reader thus incurs in a great debt from the outset. Their 1-short-of-10 commandments begin with “Find each other”. This is because they begin their journey as shepherds without a sheeple.

Finally, if you have time, we’d recommend the Anarchy Bang episode on Inhabit as well (starts around 01:20:40)

Reading for January: Jane

Well, that’s a wrap on the decade! We’re excited to start 2020 off with a reading that’s near and dear to our hearts. In January, we’ll be discussing the introduction and two short excerpts from the classic pamphlet, Jane: Documents from Chicago’s Clandestine Abortion Service 1968-1973. A reflection on, in our humble opinion, a truly inspiring event in history – when a group of women, not doctors or nurses, not anarchists, some activists, others students, many housewives, coalesced to form a network that began as a referral service and evolved into a thriving underground abortion service. In just a few short years, Jane provided over 11,000 safe abortions before abortion was legal in this country.

What can we learn from their model? What are the limitations of service provision as radical praxis? What we should we, as anarchists in 2020 (!), say and do about abortion when many of the obstacles that Jane sought to overcome loom even larger ahead of us?

You can find all of the excerpts here. (Introduction, Organizing a Clandestine Abortion Service, and On the Job with Jane)

We will meet on Sunday, January 5th from 1-4pm at Binch Press (131 Clay Street in Central Falls, RI Suite 211). Park in the lot on the side of the building and feel free to message us through social media, if you get lost!

Stay warm and see you soon.

December reading: Hello

Hello. It’s something we say to each other every day, it’s also the name of the next reading. Join us Sunday, December 1st from 1-4 at Binch Press (131 Clay Street, Central Falls – Suite 211) – discussion starts at 2:30. Come hang out and get ahead on your shopping for friends and loved ones.

You can find the next reading here

When we spoke of hopelessness, we meant a disregard for everything, but also an attitude toward the certainty of death. When we spoke of fearlessness, it was to distinguish ourselves from everything that lives as though it should not die. So, without fear, without hope, we are playing a game with time and death. Our project, to which we will have been true, will come to an end as well. The game, which comes in several variants, is to know this and remain committed – without illusions.

Commitment to commitment is to know how to communicate the dis-illusion and the game. This is what we are doing when we say: “hello.”

November reading: Against the Gendered Nightmare (excerpt)

Join us for our next event on Sunday, November 3rd from 1-4pm in a NEW location, the Community Cafe at 224 Admiral Street in Providence!

For November, we’ll be reading the first part of Against the Gendered Nightmare from baedan 2 – that’s the beginning and First Mythos: Enkidu and Shamhat. You can find the piece here.

As we’ve denied ourselves the future, we now turn against the past. In this, we abandon any pretensions of certainty or claims to truth. Instead we have only the experiences of those who revolt against the gendered existent, as well as the stories of those whose revolt we’ve inherited. In the spirit of this revolt, we offer these fragments against gender and domestication.

October reading: What is a destituent power? by Georgio Agamben

Our next event will be on Sunday, October 6th from 1pm-4pm at Binch Press (131 Clay Street, Central Falls – Suite 211). Come hear tales of our travels to Toronto and then join us for a discussion starting at 2:30pm!

October’s reading is by Georgio Agamben, someone who I find extremely interesting if not the most easily understood – though the essay is only ten pages, you may want to get a head start on it so you can have some time to read it over again.

From the introduction:

For Agamben, [destituent power] is in the sensible elaboration of the belonging together of life and form, being and action, beyond all relation, that the impasse of the present will be overcome. Ultimately, Agamben points not only towards what it means to become Ungovernable, but towards the potential of staying so.

This essay is usually trapped behind the walls of the Academy but has been lifted by a friend of the distro, and can be read here.

No event in August, we’re back in September!

We’re taking a month off in August, but we’ll be back on September 8th from 1-4 at Binch Press.

Because we’ve got a bit more time we’ll be reading something longer: the classic bolo’bolo by P.M. This is one we’ve been meaning to get to for a while now, and we’re looking forward to discussing it together!

“bolo’bolo is also a modest proposal for the new arrangements on the spaceship after the Machine’s disappearance. Though it started as a mere collection of wishes, a lot of considerations about their realization have accumulated around it. bolo’bolo can be realized world-wide within five years, if we start now. It guarantees a soft landing in the second reality. Nobody will starve, freeze or die earlier than today in the transition period. There’s very little risk.”

Find it on the anarchist library here: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/p-m-bolo-bolo

Binch is on the second floor and towards the back of 131 Clay Street in Central Falls, and we’ll have some signs up to guide your way. Parking is available on street or in the lot to the right of the building (disregard the “tenants only” sign).

Reading for July: Give up Activism

Join us for our monthly bazaar and reading discussion back at its usual first Sunday of the month on July 7th from 1-4 at Binch Press.

This month we’ll be reading the classic essay “Give up Activism” by Andrew X critiquing the role of the activist in creating radical change.

The activist is a specialist or an expert in social change. To think of yourself as being an activist means to think of yourself as being somehow privileged or more advanced than others in your appreciation of the need for social change, in the knowledge of how to achieve it and as leading or being in the forefront of the practical struggle to create this change.

You can find the full essay on the Anarchist Library here. We’d also suggest reading the afterword written by the author here, which manages to be a little less embarrassing than Alyson Escalante’s recanting her essay on gender nihilism (though it certainly gets close).

Binch is on the second floor and towards the back of 131 Clay Street in Central Falls, and we’ll have some signs up to guide your way. Parking is available on street or in the lot to the right of the building (disregard the “tenants only” sign).