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tuesday night's alright for fighting

alright everybody
hopefully some people have been boning up on their readings...ive read most of the suggested poll readings fairly recently so anyone who wants to initiate a dialogue should feel free too...otherwise, ill be back to comment in a few days

Feb. 26th, 2007

I guess we're getting started finally! I ordered Reading Capital Politically today and can't wait to get reading. I'm hoping we'll have some good discussions. It might be a good idea to promote our group in other groups in order to rustle-up some more participation.
sorry for the delay folks...
the first reading will begin now!
since the polls turned out to be duds...all choices will be given equal oppurtunity for discussion. So commence reading on:

Reading Capital Politically:Cleaver
The Reproduction of Daily Life-Fredy Perlman
The ABC of Anarchism -Alexander Berkman
Anarchy-malatesta
The Origins of Modern Leftism-Richard Gombin

These are pretty general places to start and i have a feeling that a lot of people are already familiar with them... as prince would asy lets go crazy

first convening:march 10th-15th
im also hoping to open up a sort of open forum wherby any individual can post comments/questions on any reading to which anyone could respond. This would exist outside the formal readings.
Hey. I'm new here but very interested in being apart of this. I used to read all the time but recently have stopped. I'm glad I found a community like this.

Reading Poll

Poll #920851 Reading #1

Reading # Actual Poll...my bad

When Issurections Die-Gilles Dauve
0(0.0%)
Reading Capital Politically-Harry Cleaver
1(16.7%)
Anarchy-malatesta
1(16.7%)
Cyber-Marx- Nick Dyer-Witheford
0(0.0%)
Irrational in Politics-Maurice Brinton
0(0.0%)
The ABC of Anarchism -Alexander Berkman
0(0.0%)
Jacques Camatte- The Wandering of Humanity
0(0.0%)
Listen Marxist-Bookchin
0(0.0%)
The Origins of Modern Leftism-Richard Gombin
1(16.7%)
The Concept of the Spectacle-Anselm Jappe
0(0.0%)
The Reproduction of Daily Life-Fredy Perlman
1(16.7%)
Poll #919562 reading list

first reading?

Reading Capital Politically-Cleaver
2(33.3%)
Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat-Georg Lukacs
1(16.7%)
Anarchy-malatesta
0(0.0%)
Listen Marxist-Bookchin
1(16.7%)
The ABC of Anarchism -Alexander Berkman
1(16.7%)
Cyber Marx- Nick Dyer-Witheford
0(0.0%)
The Irrational in Politics- Maurice Brinton
0(0.0%)
other(please specify)
1(16.7%)

preliminary reading poll feedback

for anyone interested, it looks like this community will become active soon, so myself and the other moderator papakat23 are trying to assemble a list of texts or other works of particular merit for our first reading and discussion.
The following have been suggested:


-works by malatesta(anarchy, life and ideas)
-reading capital politically-cleaver
-society of the spectacle-debord
-History and Class Consciousness-Georg Lukacs
-Post-Scarcity Anarchism-Murray Bookchin

any other suggestions are welcome

thanks
eamonn

Books lists?

I read sick ammounts of radically inclined literature and would be delighted to make that a more communal activity. I do lots of theory and history, but lately, I'm more interested in drawing anarchist inspiration from atypical sources: fiction, sci-fi, memoirs, and poetry.

So, my thoughts are . . .

* Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler. It deals with race, gender, class, religion, and just about everything else in the context of structural collapse. The sequel, Parable of the Talents, is also quite fab.
* Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi. One of the best books I've ever read, and not only because she interprets her life in Iran through the lense of 20th century western literature. I think it provides a really crucial perpective on what it's like to be a leftist in a revolutionary period and how fucked up things can get.

Also, stuff by Bertolt Brecht, Pablo Neruda, and Gabriel Marcia Marquez.

For straight political stuff, my recommendations are . . .

* Class Matters: Where We Stand, by Bell Hooks.
* Malatesta: Life and Ideas (hard to find, but there's a smaller collection of his essays available, too)
hello.

good to see a community like this!


i'm just going to mention a radio show called MEDIA MATTERS w/ Bob McChesney (the site has an archive of all thier shows)

The people he has on are all really great. He just had on a Political Science Professor from Forrest Grove, Or- Jules Boykoff, author of "The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch US American Social Movements", Elizabeth Fones-Wolf- author of "Waves of Opposition: Labor and the Struggle for Democratic Radio", the people from Project Cencored about their new (anual) book of the top 25 cencored stories for the year in thier '07 edition, Howard Zinn for his new book "A Power Governments Cannot Suppress", Chomsky, Amy Goodman, people from PR Watach, News Hounds, FCC Comissioners, etc.

So that is a really great site for book reccomendations and for general information about Media. They have been talking recently a lot about Fake News, Net Neutrality and the Bell South/AT &T merger.


And of course, as always, I would reccomend Z Magazine and Earth First Journal.

Happy Reading!