9/5/17: Democracy, Disposability, and the Flint Water Crisis

August 16th, 2017 by Read & Revolt

For the next discussion we will be reading “Democracy, Disposability, and the Flint Water Crisis”, an essay from the blog Third Coast Conspiracy, which produces anti-capitalist & anti-state analysis about Michigan.

In this text they discuss the history of Flint’s de-industrialization and recent water crisis, as well as draw conclusions about anti-blackness and premature death in the contemporary world. This is the first text in a series we will be discussing about anti-blackness.

You can pick up a free copy the text at Boxcar Books for two weeks prior to its discussion, or read it online here.

We will be meeting at Boxcar Books, 408 E. 6th Street, starting at 7 PM. Read & Revolt is a discussion group seeking to analyze this society and the potential for liberation from an anarchist perspective.

Readings for September/October + New Fliers

August 16th, 2017 by Read & Revolt

For September and October we will be trying something new. Up to now, each text we read would not have any connection to the text before or previous. They were nominated and chosen with no theme in mind, and were simply individual texts that we wanted to read and discuss.

What will be different about these upcoming two months is that we have a theme that unites all the readings. The idea is that the conversations we have can build over the course of four readings, since each text is related by theme. We will try this out and see if it works before committing to doing the same thing for November and December.

The theme for September and October is anti-blackness. We will be discussing where it fits in to perpetuating this society, what it does to both those who suffer from it and those privileged by it, and resistance both historically and in present day.

By sharpening our ideas, we hope to better fight against racism and this monstrous society that it is deeply woven into.

As always, we meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Here is the schedule for September and October, with a description of what each text is about:

9/5 – “Democracy, Disposability, and the Flint Water Crisis” by Third Coast Conspiracy – Analysis from anti-state, anti-capitalist blogs in Michigan about the
water crisis in Flint, and what it says about how this society treats the lives of the mostly black people who live in Flint (and similarly in Detroit).”

9/19 – “Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance” by bell hooks – The second chapter of Black Looks: Race and Representation. This chapter analyzes how blackness is viewed by white people as being more intense, authentic, and therefore threatening. A commodified form of blackness is sought after because it is seen as more pleasurable.

10/3 – “A Very Short Introduction to Afro-Pessimism” by Isidore – This was written to be the preface of the book “Afro-Pessimism: An Introduction.” Afro-pessimism is a theoretical tendency that centers anti-blackness as opposed to white supremacy itself, and explores how the concept of the human is made in antithesis of that of the slave. These theorists re-examine the definition of slavery and the social death that accompanies it in order to demonstrate that this society is structured by the social death of black people, that blackness is defined in this way, and it is impossible to eliminate this social death without destroying the foundations of this society.

10/17 – “The Dragon and the Hydra” by Russell Maroon Shoatz – A historical overview of decentralized organizational methods of resistance, including that of maroon societies.

As always, you can find free printouts of these texts two weeks prior to our discussion of them. Here is the flyer and quarter-sheet.

8/15/17: Towards an Anarchist Ecology

August 2nd, 2017 by Read & Revolt

For the next discussion we will be reading “Towards an Anarchist Ecology”, which is a series of essays written by the group Knowing the Land is Resistance, who are concerned with deepening their relationships to the land and natural world. In these texts they discuss their experiences engaging in these processes, while taking on some tough questions regarding their statuses as settlers on stolen Native land, ecology in urban settings, and their attempts to deflate the assumed importance of “expertise” in ecology/naturalist circles.

The texts can all be read online here, and a PDF for printing here (heads up, it’s 25 MB).

We will be meeting at Boxcar Books, 408 E. 6th Street, starting at 7 PM. Read & Revolt is a discussion group seeking to analyze this society and the potential for liberation from an anarchist perspective.

8/1/17: Two texts in dialogue on insurrection, informality, and attack

July 21st, 2017 by Read & Revolt

The next Read & Revolt discussion will take place August 1st at Boxcar Books starting at 7PM. We’re reading “Reproducibility, Propagation of Attack Against Power and Some Related Points” and “The Reproducibility of Attack and Informal Organization.” These were published within the last year, the first coming from Mexico, the second in reply from Belgium.

You can pick up a free copy of the texts in a single zine format at Boxcar Books for two weeks prior to its discussion, or read them online here.

Read & Revolt is a discussion group seeking to analyze this society and the potential for liberation from an anarchist perspective. We meet the first and third Tuesday of every month at Boxcar Books, from 7 – 9 PM, to discuss readings collectively decided upon beforehand.

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7/18/17 Yalensky’s Fable: A History of the Anarchist Black Cross

July 10th, 2017 by Read & Revolt

The upcoming Read & Revolt discussion taking place July 18th at Boxcar Books starting at 7PM will be Yalensky’s Fable: A History of the Anarchist Black Cross.

You can pick up a free copy of the text at Boxcar Books for two weeks prior to its discussion, or read it online here.

Read & Revolt is a discussion group seeking to analyze this society and the potential for liberation from an anarchist perspective. We meet the first and third Tuesday of every month at Boxcar Books, from 7 – 9 PM, to discuss readings collectively decided upon beforehand.

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7/4/17: The Unquiet Dead: Intro & Chapter 1

June 22nd, 2017 by Read & Revolt

The upcoming discussion taking place July 4 at Boxcar Books starting at 7PM will be the Introduction and Chapter 1 from The Unquiet Dead. It’s a study of fascism from an anarchist perspective, and specifically an analysis of fascist mythology with gender and race essentialisms as its core components.

You can pick up a free copy of the text at Boxcar Books for two weeks prior to its discussion. It’s a longer one, so you might want to pick up a copy sooner rather than later!

“’One may see that the history, which is now indivisible from oneself, has been full of errors and excesses, but this is not the same thing as seeing that, for millions of people, this history—oneself—has been nothing but an intolerable yoke, a stinking prison, a shrieking grave. It is not so easy to see that, for millions of people, life itself depends on the speediest possible demolition of this history, even if this means the leveling, or the destruction of its heirs.’
—James Baldwin”

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Readings for July/August + New Fliers

June 21st, 2017 by Read & Revolt

The discussions for Read & Revolt in July and August will be of the following:

7/4The Unquiet Dead: Intro & Chapter 1 – A book that posits essentialism as the core of fascism, and analyzes its rise and entry points in various time periods and contexts. The intro explains the project, while chapter 1 goes over the mythologies present in Nazi Germany.

7/18Yalensky’s Fable: A History of the Anarchist Black Cross.

8/1Two texts on Informality and Attack – “Reproducibility, propagation of attack against power and some related points”, and in response “The Reproducibility of Attack and Informal Organization”.

8/15Towards an Anarchist Ecology – A precise critique of mainstream ecology and an offering of some starting points for developing an anarchist knowing of the land.

Flier for printing:

Letter & quarter-sheet

As always the discussions are free, they will take place at Boxcar Books starting at 7PM, and all ages are welcome.

6/20/17: Where Do We Meet Face-to-Face?

June 18th, 2017 by Read & Revolt

The discussion this coming Tuesday will be taking place at Boxcar Books at 7 PM. We will be discussing “Where Do We Meet Face-to-Face?” a text anonymously published in the early 2000s that’s becoming increasingly relevant over time.

You can pick up a free copy of the text at Boxcar Books for two weeks prior to its discussion. You can also find it online here.

As usual, this event is free and all ages are welcome. Here’s the facebook event.

“Alienation is as old as civilization itself since the dawn of civilization corresponds with the origin of institutionalized power structures. But resistance to alienation is just as old.”

 

Welcome

June 18th, 2017 by Read & Revolt

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