Every second week we meet in the Library Bar on Exchequer street to discuss a number of readings we have set ourselves. To encourage new comers to attend and not feel like they are walking into a party half-way through the Buckfast, here is an archive of those readings.

 

20th November- Anarchist Solutions to Climate Change

“An Anarchist Solution to Global Warming”
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/peter-gelderloos-an-anarchist-solution-to-global-warming

“Time for Revolution”
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/aug/21/climatechange.kingsnorthclimatecamp?gusrc=rss&feed=commentisfree

“Climate Change is not Anarchy’s football”
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/aug/22/climatechange.kingsnorthclimatecamp

“We have 12 years to limit Climate Change Catastrophe”
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report

“Three Futures: Barbarism UBI Warehousing or Anarchism”
https://anarchism.pageabode.com/andrewnflood/three-futures-barbarism-ubi-warehousing-anarchism

 

6th November- Anarchism and the Rise of the Populist Right

“Pushing Back the Alt Right” Dublin Anarchist Bookfair discussion
https://www.wsm.ie/c/pushing-back-alt-right-dabf2018

“Towards an Alt-Left: The Anarchist response to Liberal and Neofascist narratives”
https://anarchistnews.org/content/towards-alt-left-anarchist-response-liberal-and-neofascist-narratives

“Men in Black: Anarchists, Libertarians and Fascists”
https://medium.com/@TXHart/men-in-black-anarchists-libertarians-and-fascists-d5d577082558

“The Culture of Hate” Chris Hedges
https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-culture-of-hate/

“Antifa mirrors the Alt-right” Chris Hedges
https://www.truthdig.com/articles/antifa-mirrors-alt-right/

“Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges are wrong” by Isaac Russo
http://www.leftvoice.org/Noam-Chomsky-and-Chris-Hedges-Are-Wrong-Antifa-and-Nazis-Are-Not-the-Same

 

23rd October- Anarchism and Trade Unionism

1) Combative Unionism – Waging Class War Within Labour
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/combativeunionism.pdf

2) Unions and Revolution
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/workers-solidarity-federation-unions-and-revolution.pdf

3) History of the Anarchist-Syndicalist Trade Union Movement
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/workers-solidarity-federation-history-of-the-anarchist-syndicalist-trade-union-movement.pdf

4) Why Workers’ Education? Why trade unions and what’s next?
https://www.anarkismo.net/article/30033?search_text=trade+unionism

5) Revolutionary Trade Unionism – The Road to Workers’ Freedom
https://zabnew.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/zacf-booklet-revolutionary-trade-unionism.pdf

6) Better than we know ourselves: a ruling class view of the trade unions
http://libcom.org/library/better-we-know-ourselves-ruling-class-view-trade-unions

7) One Big Union – Industrial Workers of the World
https://iww.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/IWW-One-Big-Unionhome-print.pdf

 

9th October- Post-Anarchism

1) Introduction to Post-Anarchism
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/jason-adams-postanarchism-in-a-nutshell

2) Anarchy, Power, and Poststructuralism
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/allan-antliff-anarchy-power-and-poststructuralism

3) Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movement (whichever chapter you want, it’s a great book!)
https://we.riseup.net/assets/71288/richard-day-gramsci-is-dead.pdf

4) Towards a Politics of Postanarchism (pages 157-174) http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.466.2467&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Optional:

5) Post-anarchism Today
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/lewis-call-post-anarchism-today
6) Philip K. Dick, The Last Of The Masters (Novel)
https://www.academia.edu/9988652/The_Last_Of_The_Masters_By_Philip_K_Dick

 

25th September- Anarchism and Irish Reunification

“Crossing the Border: Class Unity and the Partition of Ireland”
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/67598

“A Wee Black Book of Belfast”
https://www.wsm.ie/book/export/html/6835

“Ireland, Nationalism and Imperialism: The Myths Exploded”
http://www.af-north.org/Subversion/ireland.htm

“The Partition of Ireland: A WSM Position Paper”
https://www.wsm.ie/story/804

“Nationalisms and anti-Nationalisms in Irish Historiography”
https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/nationalisms-and-anti-nationalisms-in-irish-historiography/

Optional extras:

“A United Ireland? Some Northern Irish Unionists are ready to talk unification” (Channel 4 News piece)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBtuwSixYoE

“Brexit and the Irish Border” (Another Channel 4 News piece)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agnAwYH3nW0

“Could Brexit lead to a United Ireland” (BBC piece)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXXIGxJTnpM

 

11th September- Anarchism and the Church

1) Anarchism and Religion: Mapping an Increasingly
Fruitful Landscape- https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/bitstream/2134/24787/3/essays-in-anarchism-and-religion-volume-1.pdfFirst two chapters, 1-18, 18-51.
2) Was Jesus an anarchist?http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ni/2011/05/was_jesus_an_anarchist.html
3) Anarchism and orthodoxy https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/davor-dzalto-anarchism-and-orthodoxy
4) Tax payments to the Church/ Religious instruction in schools https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/i-afd-flier-about-the-pope
5) Tolstoy and Christian Anarchism http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/bright/tolstoy/chrisanar.htm

Additional readings
6) Anarchism and World Religions http://www.religionandnature.com/ern/sample/Clark–Anarchism.pdf
7) Christopher Hitchens on the Catholic Church https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMRuCS7MCG8

 

28th August- Anarchism and Technology

1) Uri Gordon, Anarchism and the Politics of Technology
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/uri-gordon-anarchism-and-the-politics-of-technology

2) Iain McKay, Technology, Capitalism and Anarchism
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/anarcho-technology-capitalism-and-anarchism

3) VIDEO: Data Gueule, episode 63: Left without Knowledge (french video with english subtitles)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnxqoP-c0ZE

4) Gabriel Weinberg, Open-Source Software Is For Activists
http://dailyanarchist.com/2010/11/22/open-source-software-is-for-activists/

5) Kevin Carson, The Stigmergic Revolution
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/kevin-carson-the-stigmergic-revolution

6) Chellis Glendinning, Notes toward a Neo-Luddite Manifesto
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/chellis-glendinning-notes-toward-a-neo-luddite-manifesto

7) An Open Letter on Technology and Mediation
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/various-authors-an-open-letter-on-technology-and-mediation

– Additional readings:

8) Michael Truscello, The Architecture of Information: Open Source Software and Tactical Poststructuralist Anarchism
http://pmc.iath.virginia.edu/issue.503/13.3truscello.html

9) The Origins of Primitivism (1977–1988)
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/various-authors-the-origins-of-primitivism-1977-1988

10) Paul Buckermanns, On Socialist Cybernetics
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/paul-buckermann-on-socialist-cybernetics

11) David Fidler, A Theory of Open-Source Anarchy
https://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1373&context=ijgls

 

14th August- The Transition to Anarchism

“The Anarchist FAQ: Does Revolutionary Spain show that Libertarian Socialism can work in practice?”

http://anarchism.pageabode.com/afaq/secI8.html

and

Gaston Leval’s “Collectives in the Spanish Revolution”, in particular the chapters dealing with the transition to a new social-economic model “Agrarain Socialisation” and “Industry and Public Service”

http://libcom.org/files/Gaston%20Leval%20Collectives%20in%20the%20Spanish%20revolution.pdf

 

31st July- Anarchism and Ecology

1) Does capitalism have to be bad for the environment?https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/02/does-capitalism-have-to-be-bad-for-the-environment/

2) Corin Bruce, Green Anarchism: Towards the Abolition of Hierarchy
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/corin-bruce-green-anarchism-towards-the-abolition-of-hierarchy

3) Murray Bookchin, Ecology and Revolutionary Thought
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/lewis-herber-murray-bookchin-ecology-and-revolutionary-though

4) Appu Ajith, Deep Ecology and Eco Anarchism – A dialogue
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/appu-ajith-deep-ecology-and-eco-anarchism-1

5) Earth is on the verge of collapse. Is eco-socialism the only answer?
https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/04/09/earth-is-on-the-verge-of-collapse-is-eco-socialism-the-only-answer/

6) Green Capitalism: The God That Failed
https://truthout.org/articles/green-capitalism-the-god-that-failed/

7) VIDEO: Slavoj Zizek: The Delusion of Green Capitalism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzcfsq1_bt8

– Additional readings:
8) Panagioti Tsolkas, No System but the Ecosystem: Earth First! and Anarchism
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/panagioti-tsolkas-no-system-but-the-ecosystem-earth-first-and-anarchism

9) J Levy, What are the global effects of anarchist lifestyle choices?
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/j-levy-community-anarchism

 

17th July- Anarchist Solutions to the Housing Crisis

Introduction to the Irish housing crisis
1) https://www.irishtimes.com/…/peter-mcverry-housing-crisis-f…

Anarchist solutions thus far (housing-co-operative 1973,1976 High Court victory of squatters)
2) https://www.wsm.ie/c/anarchist-approach-housing-property-ir…

International solutions (Berlin squatters)
3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0OVvi29Pm0

The Cause, consequence and resistance
4) http://afed.org.uk/housing-wealth-for-the-rich-a-burden-fo…/

Berlin- A very novel approach
5) https://www.dw.com/…/what-comes-next-for-berlins…/a-43882960

Marxist, Socialist Arguments
6) http://www.ephemerajournal.org/cont…/return-housing-question

Porto Alegre and Direct Democracy: enigma or reality? – CiteSeerX
PDFciteseerx.ist.psu.edu › viewdoc › download
Another possible solution is to follow the Porto Allegre model, whereby you have a system of “participatory budgeting”. This would see civilian oversight on the allocation of housing budgets.

 

3rd July- Anarchism in Rojava

“No. This is a Genuine Revolution” Interview with David Graeber.
https://libcom.org/forums/news/no-genuine-revolution-interview-graeber-evrensel-newspaper-29122014

“Poor in Means but Rich in Spirit” by Janet Biehl
http://www.biehlonbookchin.com/poor-in-means/

“The Grim Reality of the Rojava Revolution from an Anarchist Eyewitness”
https://libcom.org/library/grim-reality-rojava-revolution-anarchist-eyewitness

“I have seen the future and it works” Critical questions for supporters of the Rojava Revolution.
https://libcom.org/library/%E2%80%98i-have-seen-future-it-works%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-critical-questions-supporters-rojava-revolution

Because this is an important and debated topic i’ll add a few optional extras so as to not be accused of simplifying the issue.

“Rojava: A Revolution of Hope and Healing” by John Restakis
https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/rojava-syria-revolution-hope-and-healing

“Anarchist Federation Statement on Rojava”
https://libcom.org/news/anarchist-federation-statement-rojava-december-2014-02122014

 

19th June- Anarchism and Education

“The Emergence of Compulsory Schooling and Anarchist Resistance” by Matt Hern https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/matt-hern-the-emergence-of-compulsory-schooling-and-anarchist-resistance

“Fransesco Ferrer and the Modern School” by Emma Goldman https://libcom.org/library/fransisco-ferrer-modern-school-emma-goldman

“The False Principle of Our Education” by Max Stirner https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/max-stirner-the-false-principle-of-our-education

Optional Extra:

“Wikipedia and education: anarchist perspectives and virtual practices” by Petar Jandric https://web.archive.org/web/20110828152810/http://www.jceps.com/PDFs/08-2-02.pdf

 

4th June- Anarchism and alternatives to prisons

“The Norwegian Prison where inmates are treated like people”
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/feb/25/norwegian-prison-inmates-treated-like-people

“Brick by Brick: Creating a World without prisons” (Anarchist alternatives to prisons)
https://anarchiststudies.org/2016/02/24/brick-by-brick-creating-a-world-without-prisons-by-layne-mullett/

“Scandinavian Exceptionalism in an Era of Penal Excess Part 1” https://academic.oup.com/bjc/article/48/2/119/422635

“Breaking the Cycle” (50 minute documentary)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuLQ4gqB5XE

“Where to Invade Next” (short excerpt about Bastoy Prison in Norway)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IepJqxRCZY

 

21st May- Post-Capitalism

http://abridge.me.uk/doku.php?id=postcapitalism

 

7th May- Debunking Democracy

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/bob-black-debunking-democracyhttp://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/bob-black-electing-not-to-vote

 

23rd April- Anarcha-Feminism and Women’s Liberation

http://ragdublin.blogspot.ie/2009/01/why-anarcha-feminism.htmlhttps://www.wsm.ie/c/authoritarianism-women-early-irish-state-catholic-sexhttps://www.wsm.ie/attachments/sep2008/rbr14web.pdf

 

9th April- Anarchism in Greece
https://anarchiststudies.org/2015/04/08/the-greek-december-revolt-and-its-current-relevance-by-michail-theodosiadis/

https://www.academia.edu/10268217/The_anti-authoritarian_ch%C3%B3ros_A_space_for_youth_socialization_and_radicalization_in_Greece_1974-2010_

An additional reading for those that are really interested in the subject is: “Greek Anarchists are finding space for refugees in abandoned hotels”

http://time.com/4501017/greek-anarchists-are-finding-space-for-refugees-in-abandoned-hotels/

 

26th March- Anarcho-Syndicalism

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/rudolf-rocker-anarchism-and-anarcho-syndicalism

 

12th March- Platformism

http://nestormakhno.info/english/platform/org_plat.htm

 

26th February- Notes on Anarchism by Noam Chomsky

https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/noam-chomsky-notes-on-anarchism