Political Education

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MACC's Political Education working group develops political education within MACC to help MACC members build a more informed, strategic anarchist movement. MACC's political education WG organizes two event series.

Political Education Sessions[edit | edit source]

MACC's Political Education Sessions provide a space for MACC members to learn about key anarchist concepts and discuss them. The sessions aim to help MACC develop a common language for and understanding of anarchist concepts, and to foster political discussion within the organization. The sessions are facilitated by participants in the Theory Reading Group; anyone who is involved in MACC is welcome to attend the sessions.

Theory Reading Group[edit | edit source]

MACC's Theory Reading groups reads and discusses anarchist theory, texts about historical and contemporary anarchist groups, and anarchist history, with an eye toward revolution. Anyone who is involved in MACC is welcome at our monthly reading discussions. These meetups began in July 2018 and happen monthly.

Sessions, both past and currently scheduled
Month Topic Readings
July 2018 Spanish FAI
  • Chapter 3 in Casas, Juan Gómez. Anarchist Organisation: A History of the F.A.I. Trans. Abe Bluestein. Montréal & Buffalo: Black Rose Books. 1986. Available online.
August 2018 Contemporary Platformist and Cadre Organizations
  • O’Malley, Colin. “Building a revolutionary anarchism.” 2016? Accessed at libcom.org.
  • Bring the Ruckus. “About.” 2001. Accessed on their website.
September 2018 More on Plaformism
  • Nappalos, Scott. “Towards a Theory of Political Organization for our Time, Pts. 1-3.” 2011? Accessed at libcom.org.
  • Hawthorne, Nate, Recomposition. “Intermediate Level and Trajectories of Struggle.” 2011? Accessed at libcom.org.
  • Malatesta, Errico, Makhno, “About the Platform.” 1927-1929. Accessed at theanarchistlibrary.org.
October 2018 Horizontalism, Small-a Anarchism: Theory, History, and Critiques
  • Bray, Mark. “Horizontalism: Anarchism, Power and the State.” Jun, Nathan et al, Anarchism: A Conceptual Approach. Routledge, 2018. Accessed at blackrosefed.org.
  • Graeber, David. “The New Anarchists.” In New Left Review. Jan.-Feb. 2002. Accessed at newleftreview.org.
  • Grubacic, Andrej & Graeber, David. “Anarchism, Or the Revolutionary Movement of the Twenty-First Century.” 2004. Available at theanarchistlibrary.org.
  • Price, Wayne. “The Two Main Trends in Anarchism.” Accessed at anarkismo.net.
November 2018 Anarchism and Revolution; Historical Failings of Anarchism
  • Kuhn, Gabriel & Alpine Anarchists. “Revolution is More than a Word. 23 Theses on Anarchism.” May 2016. Accessed alpineanarchist.org.
  • Day, Chris. “The Historical Failure of Anarchism.” Ca. 1996. Accessed at libcom.org.
  • Tabor, Ron. “In Defense of Anarchism, in Defense of Anti-Authoritarianism.” July 28th, 1996. Available online: Accessed at libcom.org.
January 2019 Bookchin: Social Ecology and Municipalism
  • Varnek, David. “Interview with Murray Bookchin.” Harbinger, a social ecology journal 2:1, 2002. Accessed online at social-ecology.org.
  • Bookchin, Murray. “Toward a Communalist Approach.” Accessed at theanarchistlibrary.org.
  • Leverink, Joris. “Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish Resistance.” Roar Magazine, Aug. 5th 2015. Accessed at roarmag.org.
  • Bookchin, Murray. The Ecology of Freedom. Palo Alto: Cheshire Books, 1982. Accessed at libcom.org.
February 2019 Kropotkin
March 2019 ZAD at Notre-Dame-Des-Landes
  • CrimethInc. “La ZAD: Another End of the World Is Possible.” CrimethInc. 2018. Accessed at crimethinc.com.
  • Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination. “Rural Rebels and Useless Airports: La Zad - Europe’s Largest Post-capitalist Land Occupation. Part 1 and 2” The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination. November 13, 2012. Both Accessed labofii.wordpress.com. Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Dell’Umbria, Alèssi. “Being in the Zone: Concerning Conflicts Within the ZAD.” May 1, 2018. Lundi Matin. Volume 144. Accessed online in English via ill-will-editions.tumblr.com and French via lundi.am.
  • CrimethInc. “One but Many Movements: Two Translations from the ZAD on Isolation, Division, and Pacification.” CrimethInc. 2018. Accessed at crimethinc.com.
  • CrimethInc. “Resisting the Eviction of the ZAD: Fighting for Our Dreams, Fighting for Another Reality.” CrimethInc. 2018. Accessed at crimethinc.com.
April 2019 Dual Power as Historical Description + Contemporary Strategy
  • Lenin, V.I.”The Dual Power.” Trans. Isaacs Bernard. Pravda No. 28, April 9, 1917. Accessed at marxists.org.
  • Trotsky, Leon. “Dual Power.” The Russian Revolution: The Overthrow of Tsarism and the Triumph of the Soviets, Volume I. Original Russian published in 1930. Accessed at marxists.org.
  • Symbiosis Research Collective. “How to Build a New World in the Shell of the Old.” Ecologist: The Journal for the Post-Industrial Age. April 23, 2018. Accessed at theecologist.org.
May 2019 Decolonization
  • Tuck, Even and K. Wang Yang. "Decolonization is not a Metaphor". Link
  • Vowel, C. "Beyond Territorial Acknowledgments." (2016, September 23) Link
  • Hunt, Sarah & Cindy Holmes. "Everyday Decolonization: Living a Decolonizing Queer Politics" Link
June 2019 More on Decolonization
  • "Radicalizing Relationships To and Through Shared Geographies: Why Anarchists Need to Understand Indigenous Connections to Land and Place" by Adam J. Barker and Jenny Pickerill
  • Episode 5 of Season 8 of Anarchy on Air, hosted by Marshall, features two talks from one of our own working group members, J. Kehaulani Kauanui. One segment is from a presentation she delivered at the decolonizing anarchisms conference held earlier this Fall at Loughborough University in England. This was the 5th annual conference of the UK Anarchist Studies Network. Kauanui presented on the topic of indigenous Hawaiian nationalism and anarchist politics. The second segment is a presentation from a panel on “Decolonial Third World Studies,” which took place recently at the Loisaida Center in New York City. The event (organized by Patrick Jaojoco) was part of a current exhibit by visual artist Antonio Serna, “Documents of Resistance: Our Time,” which includes timelines highlighting the art and activism of artists of color. Listen online here: https://anarchyonairwesu.tumblr.com/post/180564163701/the-november-27th-episode-episode-5-of-season-8 Download an MP3 here: https://archive.org/download/AoaS8e5NoPSAs/aoa%20s8e5%20NoPSAs.mp3
July 2019 Communization
  • Bernes, Jasper. "The Belly of the Revolution." PDF. Primary reading.

If you would like to read more on communization:

  • Noys, Ben. Communization and its Discontents. 2012. Accessed at libcom.org.
  • Dauvé, Gilles and François MartinEclipse and Reemergence of the Communist Movement. Accessed at libcom.org.
August 2019 Kropotkin