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About Anarcho Book Club

Welcome to the Anarcho Book Club! Since the book club has only just started, there isn't a whole lot of history to tell. However, we are building upon the shoulders of giants, the shoulders of anarchists throughout time.

The purpose of the Anarcho Book Club is to explore the philosophies that span the whole spectrum of anarchist philosophies. To be clear, everyone in the world is an anarchist in some respect. When you get up in the morning, you are an anarchist; when you decide whether or not you will eat something, you are an anarchist. However, this is the beginning of anarchist philosophy.

While some people get up in the morning and are limited in their choice of food or shirt, others are not limited. This is a point of contention that left anarchists rehash and work out in their thousands of works throughout time and history. Some are unionists and others are anti-union. Some anarchists are communists and others are capitalists.

Here at The Anarcho Book Club, we merely claim to be anarchists in the simplest terms. We attempt to find the common ground between all anarchists by finding the simplest paths to liberty. And don't think it's easy. Liberty is a loaded word in today's world. It is identified with the Libertarian Party and with the conservative movements throughout the world. However, when an anarchist speaks of liberty, they are simply referring to the ideal that a person can navigate life unmolested by oppressive powers, be it the state or some other monopoly. And that is what we're trying to establish, a base set of documents and philosophical ideas that give our anarchist brothers and sisters the tools to speak truth to power and fight the oppression of the state.

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Petr Kropotkin

profile of Petr Kropotkin

The Conquest of Bread is perhaps one of the most important books (per my opinion) in the anarchist movement. Kropotkin covers a ton of issues surrounding the power dynamics of the capitalist system. We go through the first chapter and then I recommend that you read the whole thing many times! So, go read it! Listen to this episode and yell at me on Mastodon.

Also check out: The Bread Book

Samuel Edward Konkin III

profile of Samuel Edward Konkin the 3rd

SEK3, as he is known, is the founder of the social theory of agorism, an anarchist social theory whose members called themselves agorists or voluntaryists. It is one of the lesser known types of anarchism in the world, but has gain quite a bit more traction in anarchist thought in recent years. We discuss the ideas in the book "Agorist Class Theory", while I stutter around after losing my notes for this episode.

David Graeber, part two

profile of David Graeber

This is the second and final part of Debt: The First 5000 Years. We finish up the second half of the book with a good little rant on the subject of debt and control, and also a couple of fun little stories.

David Graeber, part one

profile of David Graeber

Since his recent passing, I have decided to do an episode on David Graeber's book Debt: The First 5000 Years, in which he discusses the origins of debt, the origins of taxation and the ramifications for the modern world. Please join me in this and read along!

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

profile of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

A French anarchist who claimed that "property is robbery!" His book "What is Property?" is the focus of this episode and we get into the meaty details of his theory of property. You will see that I disagree somewhat, but ultimately find this book to be very enlightening on his specific philosophy.

About This Club

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Just a little blurb where I discuss a few things about anarchy and the things that all anarchists have in common, regardless of their "sect" within the movement.

Michael Bakunin

profile of Michael Bakunin

Michael Bakunin is a forward and assertive anarchist, a man out of his time. His propositions have helped to change the way anarchists see the world, and nowhere is it more apparent than it is in his book, "God and the State". In this episode we read through a few parts of his book and discuss the overall concepts he discusses in the book. Meanwhile, I get off track and go on a little rant.

Emma Goldman

profile of Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman may have been one of the most influential anarchists in North American history. She wrote a number of essays, but her main body of work consists of speeches and rallies. She was a unionist, feminist, decentralist, a probable atheist, which culminated in her identity as one of the most notorious anarchists of her age.

The following is the first oggcast of this club. Below it are links to the different things discussed in the podcast. We hope you enjoy!

The following lists are not the complete works of each author, but are, rather, a list of relevant material for the Anarcho Book Club podcast. Many of the complete works for each author can be found at The Anarchist Library or at Project Gutenberg.