April reading: 2 pieces from Aragorn!

In remembrance of our friend Aragorn! our readings for our event next month (Sunday, April 5th) will be two pieces from him on two major ideas he explored throughout his life: indigeneity and locating an anarchy outside of the European tradition.

Extra-European Anarchism would not be a utopia. Not only would a transition to a world that could be derided as “tribal” be cataclysmic but the ability of people to live with each other outside of reified power has not been attempted for quite some time. We will be rusty. Moreover, differentiation will result in a great deal of conflict. This conflict will look very different without War Machines contextualizing them, but will be by no means perfect.

The pieces for discussion will be:

Toward a non European Anarchism or Why a movement is the last thing that people of color need

and

Locating an Indigenous Anarchism

Event will run from 1-4 at Binch Press with the discussion starting around 2:30 as usual (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!

In light of the current pandemic, we’re moving our event into the aether with jitsi (https://jitsi.org/jitsi-meet/) – while still on Sunday, the event now starts at 1:30 pm EST in room viscerapvd. Contact us for the password!

March reading: Anti-Japan

Join us on Sunday, March 1st for our next anarchist bazaar and discussion! We’ll be discussing the pamphlet Anti-Japan, a history of the East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front and partial translation of the group’s urban guerilla manual Hara Hara Tokei.

The impulse that drove Masashi Daidouji to write Hara was, in part, the same spirit that produces zines about security culture today: the sense that, with certain techniques, we can fight these forces and evade them as they attempt to strike us down.

Find the reading here

(if the anarchist library is still down, find it here)

Event will run from 1-4 at Binch Press with the discussion starting around 2:30 as usual (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!

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.