Toronto Anarchist Reading Group

 

The Toronto Anarchist Reading Group meets weekly at Harvest Noon (generally Mondays at 7pm but please check in first to ensure we’ll be there!) to discuss texts collectively selected the previous week on topics relating to anarchism, anti-authoritarianism, gender, anti-colonialism, nihilism, philosophy etc. We aim to maintain an environment that’s welcoming to people from different backgrounds and reading levels. NO COPS. NO ASSHOLES. For more info email info@harvestnoon.com and/or targ@riseup.net

We’re also on facebook now, so find us at facebook.com/torontoanarchists too.

Note: beginning June 2017, TARG’s regular meet up on the last Monday of the month is bumped for a screening and discussion of Trouble, subMedia’s monthly anarchist documentary series.

Readings:

Looking for an intro to anarchism text? One place to start is “Life Without Law” by the folks at Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness

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The Immorality of the State” – Mikhail Bakunin
Statism and Anarchy” – Mikhail Bakunin
Rousseau’s Theory of the State” – Mikhail Bakunin

Spectres of Stirner: A Contemporary Critique of Ideology” – Saul Newman
Empiricism, Pluralism and Politics in Deleuze and Stirner” – Saul Newman
Interrogating the Master: Lacan and Radical Politics” – Saul Newman
Politics of the Ego: Stirner’s Critique of Liberalism” – Saul Newman

Machete #1 – Various Authors
Supplemental: “Illegalism: Why Pay for Revolution on the Installment Plan…When You Can Steal One?” – Paul Z. Simons

Barbarians in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” – Rhyd Wildermuth
The World Without Forms” – Rhyd Wildermuth
Propaganda in the Age of Fascism” – Alley Valkyrie

The Broken Teapot (2nd Edition)” – Anonymous (compilation zine)
Philly Stands Up: Inside the Politics and Poetics of Transformative Justice and Community Accountability in Sexual Assault Situations” – Esteban Lance Kelly

Not Helpless Victims: Women In Prison” – Victoria Law
Reflections from the Country of Nothingness” – Theofilos Mavropoulos (Conspiracy of Cells of Fire)
Supplemental: “Are Prisons Necessary?” – Petr Kropotkin
Supplemental: “Transmissions in a Hostile Territory” – Anonymous

Against the Gendered Nightmare” – baedan

Destroy Gender” – Filler Zine & Distro compilation
Supplemental: “Gender Nihilism: an anti-manifesto” – Alyson Escalante
Supplemental: “Against the Couple Form” – Clémence X. Clementine and Associates from the Infinite Venom Girl Gang in LIES: A Journal of Materialist Feminism Vol I

Disability, Superability & Normativity” – AnarchoTranshuman: A Journal of Possibility & Striving Issue #3

The Possibility of Anti-Humanist Anarchism” – Joff

Anti-mass” – The Red Sunshine Gang
Militancy: highest stage of alienation” – Organisation des Jeunes Travailleurs Révolutionnaires (Dominique Blanc)

Insurrectionary Anarchy: Organising for Attack!” – Anon from Do or Die Issue 10
The Anarchist Synthesis” – Sébastien Faure
Reply by several Russian Anarchists to the ‘Platform’” – Various
Wooden Shoes or Platform Shoes?: On the ‘Organizational Platform of the Libertarian Communists’” – Bob Black

Authoritarian Leftists: Kill the Cop in Your Head” from Black Autonomy, A Newspaper of Anarchism and Black Revolution – Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin
The Twilight of Vanguardism” – David Graeber

“Mise en commun” / “Putting in Common” – Anonymous
Putting Into Practice” / “Mise en pratique” – Anonymous

The Sun Still Rises” – Conspiracy of Cells of Fire
Gravity of Things: An Introduction to Onto-Cartography” from Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies Journal – Levi Bryant

“Colonizing Knowledges” (Chapter 3) + “Twenty-Five Indigenous Projects” (Chapter 8) in Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples – Linda Tuhiwai Smith –>link to whole book
Everybody Wants To Be A Fascist” in Chaosophy – Pierre-Félix Guattari –>link to whole book

Fascism & Anti-Fascism: A Decolonial Perspective” – Ena͞emaehkiw Wākecānāpaew Kesīqnaeh
“Preliminary Approach” (section 1) in Ideology & Utopia: an introduction to the sociology of knowledge – Karl Mannheim –>link to whole book

Responding to Fascist Organizing” – William Gillis
An Open Source Insurgency” Against Trump?” – Kevin Carson

Is America ready for a municipalist movement?” – Alexander Kolokotronis
Libertarian Municipalism: An Overview” – Murray Bookchin

Ur-Fascism” – Umberto Eco
Fascism & Anti-Fascism” from Confronting Fascism: Discussion Documents for a Militant Movement – Don Hammerquist
Supplemental: On ‘Fascism and Anti-Fascism’: A Review of Don Hamerquist’s Essay– Geert and Joel

Our Work Has Begun; The Future Is Coming – Anarchist Responses to Trump’s Election” – Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness compilation zine

LIES: A Journal of Materialist Feminism Vol I
Editorial Note” – LIES Collective
Against Innocence: Race, Gender, and the politics of Safety” – Jackie Wang
To be Liberated From Them (or through them)” – Sky Palace

Pacifism as Pathology – Ward Churchill

Basic Banalities” – Raoul Vaneigem
The Bad Days Will End” – Situationist International (1962)
All the King’s Men” – Situationist International (1963)

The Devil’s Night: On the Rebellious Spirit of Halloween” – from Mask Magazine
The Spirit of Halloween” – Testament

A Green Anarchist Project on Freedom and Love” – Mae Bee
The short instructional manifesto for relationship anarchy” – Andie Nordgren
Supplemental: “For Lovers and Fighters” – Dean Spade
Supplemental: “Relationship Anarchy is Not Post-Polyamory” – unquietpirate
Supplemental: “Relationship Anarchy Basics” – Marie/The Thinking Aro

Individuality and the anarchist group” – Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – Urban Guerrilla Cell
You can’t change the world alone, but all of us can together” – Syed Hussan
Supplemental: “Insurrection vs. Organization” – Peter Gelderloos

Call – Anonymous

Liberate Not Exterminate: A Defense of the City” – the Curious George Brigade

Science as Desire & Resistance” – AnarchoTranshuman: A Journal of Possibility & Striving Issue #2

Feminism + Queering All the Things” – AnarchoTranshuman: A Journal of Possibility & Striving
Issue #1

A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century” – Donna Haraway
Ecofeminism” – Charlene Spretnak
Supplemental: “Where is Feminism in Cyberfeminism?” – Faith Wilding
Supplemental: “An Ecofeminist Manifesto” – Riane Eisler

Quebec City: Beyond Violence and Nonviolence” – Starhawk [pdf]
Against the Corpse Machine: Defining a Post-Leftist Anarchist Critique of Violence” – Ashen Ruins
Anarchism and (Non)-Violence” – Black Bike
Supplemental: “Many Roads to Morning: Rethinking Nonviolence” (extract from “Webs of Power“) – Starhawk [pdf]
Supplemental: “Intro” from Pacifism as Pathology – Ward Churchill
Supplemental: “Smash Pacifism: A Critical Analysis of Ghandi and King” – Zig Zag

The Tyranny of Structurelessness” – Jo Freedman
The Tyranny of Tyranny” – Cathy Levine

Identity In Crisis” – baedan
Dysphoria Means Total Destroy” – Ignorant Research Institute

Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation” – Laboria Cuboniks

Gender Nihilism: an anti-manifesto” – Alyson Escalante

Bash Back! is Dead; Bash Back Forever!” – Tegan Eanelli

Direct Action” – Voltairine de Cleyre
Supplemental: “The No-TAV Struggle in the Susa Valley” OR “About the NO TAV Movement and Beyond … A Comprehensive Essay” OR video: NO TAV Movement

The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” – Audre Lorde
The Uses of Anger” – Audre Lorde

How Stirner Eats Gods” from Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed – Alejandro de Acosta

The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism” from Fifth Estate – Fredy Perlman

Anarchy Without Road Maps or Adjectives” from Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed – Aragorn!
Toward a Non European Anarchism or Why a movement is the last thing that people of color need” – Aragorn!
Supplemental: “Locating An Indigenous Anarchism” from Green Anarchy – Aragorn!
Supplemental: “Anarchy and Nihilism: Consequences” from pistols drawn – Aragorn!

Black Anarchism Reader – compiled by Black Rose Anarchist Federation

The revolution will not be sober: the problem with notions of “radical sobriety” & “intoxication culture” – Zoë Dodd & Alexander McClelland
Radical Sobriety Montreal’s response to the article ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Sober” – Radical Sobriety Montreal
sobriety as accessibility: interrogating intoxication culture” – geoff, Clementine Morrigan & Amelia Saunders
Supplemental: “Anarchy and Alcohol” – crimthinc
Supplemental: “Towards a Less Fucked Up World” – Nick Riotfag
Supplemental: “Towards a Less Fucked Up Understanding of Addiction” (version 1.0; 2015) – Norbert Maelstrom

The Soul of Man Under… Anarchism?” – Kristian Williams
The Soul of Man under Socialism” – Oscar Wilde

Desert” – Anonymous

Green Nihilism or Cosmic Pessimism” from The Anvil Review – Alejandro de Acosta

A True History – Lucian
Supplemental: additional works by Lucian

The Ego and its Own – Max Stirner

 Thus Spoke Zarathustra – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The empire of political thought: civilization, savagery and perceptions of Indigenous government” – Bruce Buchan

Red Skin, White Masks – Glen Coulthard

“Rhizome” from Thousand Plateaus – Deleuze & Guattari

Does Work Really Work?” – L. Susan Brown
Supplemental: “Work: The Theft of Life” in The Network of Domination – Wolfi Landstreicher
Supplemental: “The Decline and Fall of Work”  in The Revolution of Everyday Life – Raoul Vaneigem
Supplemental: “Let’s Destroy Work, Let’s Destroy the Economy” – Alfredo Bonanno

The Abolition of Work” – Bob Black

The Luddites War on Industry: A story of machine smashing and spies” – Do or Die
Some Social Implications of Modern Technology” – Herbert Marcuse
Supplemental: “The Machine Breakers” in Labouring Men – EJ Hobsbawm

Against the Gendered Nightmare” – baedan

STAR (Street Transvestite/Transgender Action Revolutionaries) – Survival, Revolt & Queer Antagonist Struggle

My Trials – Louise Michel
Supplemental: “Louise Michele” [sic] – Flick Ruby

Its Core is the Negation” – Alejandro de Acosta

Anarchy and Anxiety / Choosing Relations / The Age of No Opinion / The Politics of Blame / Anarchist Solitare” from Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed – Liana Doctrine

Democracy” – Monsieur Dupont