Bristol Radical History Festival, Saturday 12th October, 2019

See you there!

Bristol Radical History Group

Bristol Radical History Group (BRHG) and the Remembering the Real World War I Group (RRWWI) have organised a full programme of events, in collaboration with our hosts at M Shed.

Again, we will reveal hidden histories, debate and agitate for a future of better pasts. The 2019 festival has two main themes:

  • 1919: Year of Revolutions
  • Green History: from 18th Century roots to Extinction Rebellion

The aftermath of the First World War was one of the most revolutionary moments in the Twentieth Century. Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, there were revolutions and uprisings across Europe, in Germany, Ireland and Hungary, and beyond, in Egypt and Mexico. At home, there were tumultuous times as thousands of rebellious demobilised troops returned from the front-line with high expectations and demands for better times ahead. What happened, what was at stake and what was the legacy of the Year of Revolutions in Bristol and beyond?

Our second theme features the history of concern for the environment. We will cover more than two centuries from origins of ‘green’ awareness during the Romantic era through to first-hand accounts from those who took part in late-twentieth-century activism and Black2Nature, who campaign for inclusion and ethnic diversity in environmentalism. How can green history inform present-day debates during the resurgence of environmental concern on the part of Extinction Rebellion, Youth Strike 4 Climate and Earth Strike?

Following the success of the 2017 and 2018 events, this year’s Bristol Radical History Festival is again hosted by M Shed, Bristol’s social history museum located on the historic harbourside.

It’s not just talks! Expect walks, films, a performance space with puppet shows and storytelling, exhibitions and art, as well as stalls with books and merchandise from local and national groups. All the events are free with no booking required!

We are also thrilled to announce a tie-in event: ‘3 Acres and a Cow: A History of Land Rights in Folk Song and Story’. This will be hosted at Bristol’s Cube Microplex on the evening of Friday 25th October.

Stalls

Active Distribution • Black Skin Black Flag • Bloom and Curll BookshopBristol Radical History GroupBristol TransformedFiducia/Long John Silver TrustHaymarket Books •  Just SeedsMayflower MavericksOur Chartist HeritagePast Tense  • RRWWI GroupTangent Books • Unite Community • Wessex SolidarityWest of England and South Wales Women’s History Network

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Pushing up Against the Boundaries of Liberalism

London Anarchist Federation

A Review of The Dictator’s Handbook.

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The Dictator’s Handbook is both a deeply enlightening and a deeply frustrating book to read. Not because it is badly written, or inaccessible, or because its main points are wrong, but because it fails to follow through on its conclusions. This book is one of the most theoretically coherent arguments against political authority I have ever read, but it was written by a pair of authors who can not escape the limits of liberalism in dealing with the implications of their own critique.

The main thesis of the book, neatly summed up by its tag line, is that bad behaviour is almost always good politics. Its analysis is consistently materialist, although the authors of The Dictator’s Handbook would likely never use the term and the book is thankfully free from the kind of overly academic obtuseness that afflicts much avowed materialist analysis. It treats…

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Reinstate Micky: GMB union accused of attempting to persecute rank-and-file shop steward

Cautiously pessimistic

A series of posts from “Red Tyneside” on twitter, reproduced here for reference:

A GMB regional official, Northern’s Billy Coates, is waging a battle against a rank-and-file, fighting shop steward, Micky Hunnam. On what basis? Three years ago someone allegedly failed to provide Micky’s address when certifying him at regional committee. At who’s behest? We don’t know. Is it [John Warcup]? He’s small fry, the branch secretary of the A61 branch and a 16 hpw-contracted Asda worker. Is it [GMB General Secretary Tim Roache]? Who knows? Micky’s campaigning has pissed off many full-time and lay officials close to GMB’s right-wing bureaucracy. Now what?
I understand Micky has sought and begun to receive independent legal advice. I understand how crucial this fight is. I understand what it’s like to be turned on by one’s own union. I understand the indispensable centrality of the membership as the primary driver of our…

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Interview with Lumpen: a new journal for poor and working class writing

Anarchy in the Sticks!

New for the bookfair, introduced by D.P. Hunter.

Freedom News

Can you introduce yourself?

We are the editors of Lumpen, a Journal for poor and working class writing. We ourselves are working class writers and editors, and at least one of us likes making things look nice.

One of us is D. Hunter, who wrote Chav Solidarity. During the recent book tour that followed the CS release, Hunter met comrades from poor and working class backgrounds who connected with him over their own experiences. He also spoke with many others from more economically secure backgrounds who engaged with him as though he had the singular working class truth to pass on. He did not like this, and felt that there was a serious need for a publication that focused on expanding and amplifying voices from all working class and poor identities and histories. He was inspired by the journal 

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Carl Cattermole at the bookfair!

Anarchy in the Sticks!

We’re delighted to welcome Carl Cattermole, author ofPrison – A Survival Guide, to this year’s bookfair.

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Red And Black Telly: EMERGENCY COALITION, ELECTION, PETERLOO.

Chile: The Santiago Anarchist Federation is born

We are part of the last 20 years of recomposition of social and organized anarchism, a time that has been marked by the understanding of the need for a political organization and the importance of insertion in the different struggles of the dominated class.

The creation of this Federation seeks, from humility, but with great conviction, to demonstrate that the specific anarchism in the Chilean region has not died and that today more than ever, our political project must be positioned as an alternative against this system of capitalist domination and patriarchal. That is why, for us and us today is a historic day, since we feel that we are an expression of organized anarchism more than from the end of the 19th century until today, to seek to contribute to the most felt struggles of the peoples with The influence of your ideas and practices.

We live a historical period marked by a social and ecological crisis caused by the exacerbation of extractivism, the dispossession of the territories and the control of the bodies by the system of domination. This scenario poses new challenges for anarchism.

Understanding the system of domination and relations of domination to expand the fields of insertion in popular struggles, becomes a key point. If there are different areas of domination, any class expression of struggle against this is a fertile field for anarchism and this is essential to get out of the idea that raises privileged places for organization over others. This system, which exerts power and coercion through relations of domination, for us and us has two fundamental pillars: patriarchal domination and capitalist domination and the effects of its overlap are those that are currently manifested in society.

Under this analysis we think of our strategy of rupture, being clear that there is no domination over another, but that they operate depending on the historical context in which they are framed, in a perspective that prioritizes the non-fragmentation of oppressions. In this way racism, (hetero) sexism and classism are oppressions that operate simultaneously, coexist and are consubstantial, overlap.

Faced with this, we propose strategic elements such as de-patriarization, decolonization, federalism and revolutionary self-management as an alternative for the destruction of the patriarchal-capitalist system of domination and its colonial strategy and the construction of a revolutionary, federal self-managed society that eliminates classes social, gender mandates and racial divisions, where the community, the ecological and feminist will be our horizon of life.

The current political situation, marked by a repressive context expressed, for example, in the migrant law, safe classroom, reformulation of the anti-terrorism law, militarization and implementation of states of exception, this added to the severance of social rights, with the reform of pensions, tax reform (which seeks to maintain profit rates in the context of economic crisis), the progress of the neoliberal offensive in health, housing, education and the easing of environmental legislation. In economic terms, the precariousness of life becomes of strategic importance in the perspective of the patriarchy / capital-life conflict, with an extreme liberalization marked by the signing of treaties such as TPP 11-TLC – APEC, hyperdebtedness (falling wages real) and the economic slowdown. In the social,

LONG LIVE SOCIAL AND ORGANIZED ANARCHISM!

TO STRENGTHEN THE LATIN AMERICAN SPECIFIC STRATEGY!

UP THOSE AND THOSE WHO FIGHT !!
SANTIAGO ANARCHIST FEDERATION

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