On the streets at major protest mobilizations, in activist groups and organizations, inspiring community projects and struggles in the university and the workplace, anarchist ideas and principles play an influential role in the radical political landscape. Unfortunately, anarchism is often misrepresented as a theory of violence and chaos, and the popular image of the anarchist is for many, that of a black clad terrorist.
But, anarchism is so much more than smashing windows! Anarchism as a theoretical tradition and ongoing movement is incredibly rich and complex. Principles of decentralization and horizontal decision-making, solidarity and autonomy, direct action and mutual aid have become defining characteristics of countless social and environmental justice initiatives, from anti-poverty organizing to migrant justice work, from alternative education projects to childcare collectives and everything in between.
The KW Anarchist Discussion Group explores the past, present and potential futures of anarchism. The group is participant driven- discussion topics are influenced by the interests of those involved, and ongoing emphasis is placed on the importance of connecting theory and practice. Discussion topics include: the basics of anarchist theory, different schools of anarchist thought, the history of anarchist ideas and experiments, present-day examples of lived anarchy and anarchist social movements, and anarchist analysis of contemporary events.
Specifically, we will explore: Anarchism 101, Anarcho-Communism, Green Anarchisms, Anarcha-Feminism, Insurrectionary Anarchism, Anarcho-Indigenism, Non-Western Anarchisms & Anarchy in Practice.
For people who are new to anarchism and interested in learning more, as well as those who are familiar with anarchist ideas and interested in more in-depth conversations, the group is open to all those interested in exploring anarchist ideas and/or deepening your knowledge of anarchism.
The discussion group will start Thursday, April 5th, and run bi-weekly 6-8pm.
If you have questions, suggestions, or would like to register for the group email firstname.lastname@example.org.