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Saturday December 10 2011
02:00 PM

London: Talk on "Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism"

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Lucien van der Walt talking on BLACK FLAME: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism

Saturday 10th of December, 2pm

Freedom Bookshop
Angel Alley
84b Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX

nearest tube, Aldgate East

Black Flame London 10/12/2011
Lucien van der Walt talking on BLACK FLAME: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism

Saturday 10th of December, 2pm

Freedom Bookshop
Angel Alley
84b Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX

nearest tube, Aldgate East

Book event: BLACK FLAME: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism

DATE: Saturday 10th of December, 2pm

PLACE: Freedom Bookshop

BLACK FLAME: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism
Lucien van der Walt & Michael Schmidt

'Black Flame' examines the anti-authoritarian class politics of the anarchist/syndicalist movement, and its 150 years of popular struggle
on five continents.

An indispensable conceptual and historical roadmap, with close attention to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, looking at its:
· Opposition to hierarchy, capitalism and the state
· Strategy: building revolutionary counter-power
· History: labour, community, anti-imperialism
· Agenda: participatory, cooperative economics
· Revolutions: Mexico, Spain, Ukraine, Korea
· Revival: today's struggles

MORE @ http://black-flame-anarchism.blogspot.com

This groundbreaking volume has been praised by reviewers as "deeply impressive", "fascinating, revealing and often startling", "a grand work of synthesis", "remarkable" "outstanding", "inspired" and "a welcome antidote to Eurocentric accounts".

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REVIEWERS SAY
· "one of its distinctive contributions is its global scope... their book is brilliant and thought-provoking ... a valuable study for activists, students and academics alike..." (Mandisi Majavu, Africa Project for Participatory Society, 'ZNET')
· "deserves to be read by all those on the Left seeking to understand anarchism's diverse contributions to democratic socialist thinking and practice ..." (Devan Pillay, 'Amandla')
· "illustrates the universality of anarchism, which until now, other literature has not done ... countless examples of large movements globally from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and the United States, to South Africa, Egypt, Korea and Japan ... Spain, Italy, Russia, the UK and Ireland ..." (Mandy Moussouris, 'South African Labour Bulletin')
" extraordinary ... succeeds in bringing anarchist ideas into vivid relief in their historical contexts ... shows the increasing relevance of an anarchist critique for our own time" (Martin Miller, Duke University, author of 'The Russian Revolution', 'Kropotkin')
· "a fascinating account of the often obscured history of anarchists, their organisations and history. There is much to commend in the book ..." (Leo Zeilig, 'International Socialism')
· "the depth and breadth of the research are impressive, the arguments sophisticated, and the call to organize timely ..." (Mark Leier, 'Labour/Le Travail')
· "If you have a passing interest in radical politics, get this book. If you have an interest in anarchism, get this book ..." (Deric Shannon, 'Interface: a journal for and about social movements')
· "fascinating, revealing and often startling ..." (Alan Lipman, anti-apartheid exile, author of 'On the Outside Looking In: colliding with apartheid and other authorities')
· "useful and insightful ... a grand work of synthesis ... an excellent starting point..." (Greg Hall, 'WorkingUSA')
· "Brilliant ... outstanding ... Do yourself a favour and buy it now!" (Iain McKay, author of 'The Anarchist FAQ', volume 1)
· "considerable scholarship and deep reflection ... remarkable ... powerful and lucidly written ..." (Jon Hyslop, University of Witwatersrand, author of 'The Notorious Syndicalist: JT Bain, a Scottish rebel in colonial South Africa')
· "an outstanding contribution ... unique in examining anarchism from a worldwide perspective instead of only a west European angle ..." (Wayne Price, author of 'The Abolition of the State: anarchist and Marxist perspectives')
· "a must for everybody interested in nonauthoritarian social movements ... " (Bert Altena, Rotterdam University, author of 'Piet Honig, Herinneringen van een Rotterdamse revolutionair')

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Michael Schmidt is a Johannesburg-based investigative journalist/ journalism trainer and activist, with experience in Chiapas, civil war Guatemala, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Darfur, and Lebanon.

Lucien van der Walt teaches at Wits. Winner of the 2008 international 'Labor History' dissertation and the 2008/2009 CODESRIA Africa thesis awards, his extensive publications include (with Steve Hirsch) 'Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1880-1940' (Brill 2010).

Related Link: http://black-flame-anarchism.blogspot.com
author by Anonpublication date Sat Dec 17, 2011 21:03Report this post to the editors

A lively discussion and engagement, the audience including figures like Ian Bone (known for his work in 'Class War'), Nick Heath (activist writer, historian), Iain McKay ('Black Flag,' 'Anarchist FAQ' ), Andy Meinke (Freedom Books), and Dean Talent ('Freedom' fortnightly).

Doing something with Freedom Press -whose founders included Pyotr Kropotkin (!) and Charlotte Wilson (!) - was a strange experience. Now, 125 years on, the collective soldiers on.

The African link: Henry Glasse, a member of the 'Freedom' group and a Kropotkin translator, was a pioneer of anarchism in South Africa from the 1880s. He was based in Port Elizabeth, then rivalling Cape Town as a port, and today, hub of South Africa's auto sector.

 

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