At the first Fantin Reading Group session we ran back in 2009, we started with the first chapter of Michael Schmidt & Lucien van der Walt's Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism. This is a great book that was published in 2008 and which covers most if not all of the issues in establishing the core ideas of anarchism, accompanied with a huge amount of historical research. More info on the book can be found here. The South African organisation Zabalaza, to which the two authors belong, is also a good resource for solid anarchist critiques on a broad range of topics.
Next: 29/1 Chapter 2 Socialism From Below: Defining Anarchism
The chapter is available online at fantinreadinggroup.wordpress.com, also there may or may not be copies of the book available to buy, for around $25.
Thanks to all those who have been attending regularly. If you haven't come yet don't worry, each chapter is fairly self contained and deals with specific political aspects of anarchism, syndicalism, anti-imperialism, feminism, etc.
All welcome to attend Fantin Reading Group.
PS. Thank you to all those who attended the Anarchist Economics FRG meeting two weeks ago making it a big success.
The Melbourne launch to be held on Saturday 25/2/2012
NOTE Melbourne LAUNCH DATE CHANGE TO 25/2
The magazine will focus on current issues and debates for a revolutionary class politics of anarchism in Australia.
Keep Saturday 4th of February free in your diaries for the Melbourne launch to be held at the MAC building. More details to be released closer to the date, but there will be music & political theater.
12pm-5pm Sunday 18/12
On the 18th we'll be having a BBQ for members, supporters and anybody who is interested in learning about the activity of the Melbourne Anarchist Club.
The secretary will give a brief report of the group's activity over the past 12 months, and what has been planned for next year so far.
We are a family-friendly space, there will be a kid's area with some toys and games provided.
Vegetarian & meat options available.
1960s Themed Music Night
7pm+, Friday 2/12/2011: Entry by donation
No artist will be played twice! A range of sixties classics and some lesser known rarities. Doors open at 7pm sharp, come and experience the musical legacy of a classic decade. These music appreciation nights are part of the ongoing cultural and fundraising activity of MAC.
Reggae Music Appreciation Night
7pm+, Friday 9/12/2011: Entry by donation
The best selection from all types of reggae, from early reggae to dance hall and dub. DJ'd by an experienced reggae bass player who knows their stuff.
Other upcoming events
Propaganda Working Group
1pm meeting, 2pm poster run, Sunday 11/12/2011 (2nd Sunday of each month) @ MAC
PWG is an opportunity to meet up and exchange information: leaflets, stickers, posters, pamphlets, and have them distributed around each others networks. We also talk about potential projects, and go on a poster run after the meeting.
MAC is located at 62 St Georges Rd, Northcote.