Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Only a decade ago anarchism in Ireland consisted of the usual small groups and vague "scene", even less developed than the movement in North America. Today it is probably the most vibrant movement in the English speaking world and a model of organization and effectiveness. What happened ? Andrew Flood was part and parcel of the revival, in a country that had known little libertarian influence beforehand. Over the past year he has been involved in a speaking tour of Canada and the USA to both inspire and instruct as to how anarchism can become a real force in public life.
To Molly this fellow's efforts have been nothing short of amazing. Is he the Giuseppe Fanelli of North America ? The results in Ontario speak well of his efforts. But, just as in Spain, where the ground was prepared by the efforts of federalists such as Pi y Margal, there has been a gradual maturing of anarchism in North America over the past few years. Practical proposals are at the fore. Demented ideological dreams of "abolishing civilization", mindless sympathy for violence and narcissistic mental masturbation about "critique and post-leftism" are fading into the background as the movement becomes real. Andrew Flood is a neo-platformist. Molly is not, and there is much that I could criticize in his views. What I do admire, howver, is his message that anarchism must be organized or it is not anarchism at all. Here are the dates for his stops on his speaking tour of the USA in the next two months. If you are resident in that country catch his speeches if you can. Make sure to check out the Anarchist Writers Blog where a lot of the announcements are made.
US, 22 more US dates for Irish Anarchism tour

With talks now delivered in 21 cities in the North Eastern USA and Eastern Canada the 'Building a Popular Anarchism' speaking tour continues to another 22 cities in the South East, Mid-west and the North West USA ending in the Bay Area. A decade ago the active anarchist movement in Ireland consisted of little more than a dozen people in two small groups. ---- Today hundreds of people are active and one banned libertarian demonstration in 2004 saw 5,000 people take part. Anarchists are increasingly replacing Irish republicans as the bogeyman of the mainstream media. This talk explains how this breakthrough happened and details the various struggles anarchists have been involved in.
About the speaker:
Andrew is an active anarchist organizer and writer, with twenty years experience in Ireland, most of that time as a member of the Workers Solidarity Movement. More recently, he has been become a member of NEFAC and is a founder member of Common Cause, Ontario. His publishing record includes well over one hundred articles, translated into over nine languages, chapters published in three books, and articles in seven English language anti-authoritarian magazines and newspapers. As well as numerous events in Ireland he has been the speaker at meetings in Britain, Italy, Canada, the Czech Republic and the USA and attended conferences in the Netherlands, France, Spain and Mexico. Contact your local anarchists or check their websites for details of exact times and venue but over the next six weeks this is roughly where the talks will be taking place.
Wed 2nd April, 8pm at the Artpartments 510 NE 62nd Street
Friday April 4 - Lake Worth
Sunday April 6 1t 1.30 - Sarasota at 'All power to the imagination' conference
Monday April 7 -8 Gainesville. - 6pm 4/8 at Civic Media
Atlanta - Thursday 10th of April at the 11:11 Teahouse
Pittsburgh - Saturday 12th, 7pm-The Thomas Merton Center
5125 Penn Avenue
Kent - Sunday 13th or Monday 14th
Kent State University
Cleveland - Tuesday 15th, 7pm
4323 Clark Avenue
Detroit - Wednesday 16th, 7pmbr /> Baile Corcaigh Irish Pub in the downstairs bar
Lansing - Thursday 17th, 7pm TBA
Chicago - Finding our Roots conference
Saturday 19th 5-6:30 panel discussion
Roosevelt University, Auditorium Building
430 S. Michigan
Minneapolis- Tuesday 22nd
Spokane- Fri, April 25th
Seattle - Sat, April 27th
Bellingham - Mon, April 28th
Tacoma - Wed, April 30th
Olympia - Thur, May 1st
Portland - Sat, May 3rd
Eugene - Sun, May 4th
Arcata - May 8 KBR
Eureka - May 9th
San Jose - May 11 -
Bay Area - May 14 and 15 -
LA? - May 16-17

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