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Resignation is Death: Responding to the negation of anarchy

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Hostile to leftist activism frameworks but also disgusted by the calls to passivity coming from some of the left’s critics? Come join us for a reading group to discuss “Resignation is Death: Responding to the negation of anarchy”.

There have been many critiques of nihilism circulating in the anarchist space in recent months, but most of them take aim at it from such a distance that they could equally be applied to all individualist and insurrectionary strains of anarchy. The text “Resignation is Death: Responding to the negation of anarchy” points out that so far “insurrectionary anarchists in North America have chosen not to respond to this nihilist resignation by way of written critique”, which makes this text all the more important because it’s one of few to emerge distinguishing insurrectionary practices from nihilism in the North American context.

The text against the intellectual posture that all action is futile because it can be recuperated by dominant power systems. At the same time, it situates itself as equally hostile to leftist “activism”, holding out for forms of struggle that are unmediated, emphasize attack, and are resistant to repression and recuperation.

“It may be that revolution (in a planetary moment) is not, nor ever has, nor will ever be possible, but that should never stop us from carrying out our desires whether in the form of attack, or in the development of and attempts to spread, ideas and rebellious social relationships.”

Although it’s great if you can read the text before coming, the discussion facilitator will take some time to present the argument it makes, so come if you want, even if you haven’t had the chance to look at the text.

Resignation is Death is from Black Banner Distro and is available here for online reading or printing:
https://blackbannerdistro.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/resignation-is-death-responding-to-the-negation-of-anarchy-2/

Details

Date:
February 22
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Organizer

The Tower
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/thetowerhamilton

Venue

The Tower
281 Cannon St E
Hamilton, ON L8L 2B4 Canada

Along with events, the Tower has open hours at the following times to pick something up from the library, buy books, or hang out and drink coffee: Sundays noon-5pm and Thursdays 5-9pm.