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Theory & Philosophy Reading Group XXX: Mikhail Bakunin

Friday 29 September 2017, 7pm: Old Capitol Books and the Direct Action Monterey Network are coming together for the thirtieth discussion in the Theory and Philosophy Reading Group. This is a mini-series within the broader project which explores anarchist theories of the state.

Where: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street
When: Friday 29 September 2017, 7pm
Reading: “Rousseau’s Theory of the State” (available free here)

baku00Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin was one of the intellectual founding fathers of anarchism, often considered to be Marx’s major historical rival.

Bakunin was born in 1814 (the date is, however, disputed), in Premukhino, near the town of Torzhok in the Tver Gubernia (province). He was the eldest son in the family of a retired diplomat and landowner. Mikhail’s parents were hereditary noblemen of liberal political inclinations. His father was in Paris during the French Revolution, received his doctorate of philosophy in Padua and regarded himself as a disciple of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Bakunin’s mother was a member of the Muravyov family and three of her cousins were involved in the December rising of constitutionalists in 1825. [1]

Location: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, downtown Monterey

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Statement in Solidarity with Antifa in Charlottesville

On 14 August 2017, the Direct Action Monterey Network joined together with our community to stand against fascism and white supremacy, and to show solidarity with the people of Charlottesville where white supremacists and neo-nazis gathered last weekend, committed horrible acts of violence and killing anti-racist protester Heather Meyers.

Our statement:

We are gathering today to show our opposition to white supremacy in all its forms, and to stand in solidarity with all those in Charlottesville who are fighting against fascism. We stand against the recent violence from white supremacists and the “alt-right” in Charlottesville as well as similar acts of violence in Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Sacramento.

 

We also oppose violence from institutional structures of white supremacy such as police, prisons, borders, the military, economic exploitation, and colonialism. This includes local iterations of these structures. Mirroring national trends, local police have murdered homeless people, immigrants, and people of color in recent years. The Monterey County Sheriff’s Department collaborates with federal immigration enforcement. Numerous military institutions on the Peninsula help maintain America’s empire abroad. The very economic foundation and geographic arrangement of this region is based on structures of class and racial-caste. The early colonial roots of this region, from the original theft of this land by Europeans to the purging of Chinese fishing communities by white settlers, is unapologetically celebrated.

 

These forms of white supremacy, the explicit as well as the hidden and structural, the historical and the present, are intimately connected. So while there are no Klan rallies or torch-wielding white-supremacist marches in this region, we must declare our total opposition to all of the forms that white supremacy takes.

 

Solidarity to all rebels fighting white supremacy, from Ferguson to Charlottesville, from Salinas to Baltimore.

 

Direct Action Monterey Network

Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 29: Peter Gelderloos

Friday 25 August 2017, 7pm: Join other thinkers, intellectuals, activists, and readers from the peninsula (and beyond) for our twenty ninth Theory & Philosophy Reading Group which will be exploring Peter Gelderloos’s new book Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation (AK Press, 2017).

This will be the first of three reading groups which will focus on anarchist theories of the state.

Readings available here.

Also, check out this podcast with Peter Gelderloos discussing Worshiping Power here.

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Location: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, Downtown Monterey

Thinking Critically about Society Spring 2017

Hey there, you lovers of social theory and philosophy!  The Direct Action Monterey Network is bringing a series of seminars on critical and political theory to downtown Monterey.

When: April 7, 14, 21, and 28, at 7pm
Where: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, downtown Monterey

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This spring’s seminars are facilitated by a collection of community organizors, professors, and students who live and work on the peninsula, covering the topics of Anarchism, Polyamory, Social Perceptions of Disability, and Reproductive Justice.

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Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 26: Walter Benjamin

Friday 31 March 2017, 7pm: Old Capitol Books and the Direct Action Monterey Network are teaming up again to continue their exploration of twentieth century fascism through theory and philosophy. Last month the philosophy group read Hannah Arendt – selections from Origins of Totalitarianism and Eichmann in Jerusalem. This month the reading group will be covering Walter Benjamin’s essay “Theory of German Fascism.”

Location: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, downtown Monterey

walter_benjamin_vers_1928-4b3232f13adc97ba917360333185fc8eAbout Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin’s importance as a philosopher and critical theorist can be gauged by the diversity of his intellectual influence and the continuing productivity of his thought. Primarily regarded as a literary critic and essayist, the philosophical basis of Benjamin’s writings is increasingly acknowledged. They were a decisive influence upon Theodor W. Adorno’s conception of philosophy’s actuality or adequacy to the present (Adorno 1931). In the 1930s, Benjamin’s efforts to develop a politically oriented, materialist aesthetic theory proved an important stimulus for both the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and the Marxist poet and dramatist Bertolt Brecht. (From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Reading:

This month we’ll be reading Walter Benjamin’s “Theories of German Fascism.” You can download a copy for free here.

Stand with Standing Rock! Report Back and Fundraiser

Stand with Standing Rock! Report Back and Fundraiser
7pm Friday, March 3rd, 2016
Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, CA 93955

An introduction to the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline and a report back from a Salinas resident who traveled to Standing Rock in the Fall. Edward was arrested while traveling between a protest and the Standing Rock camp and is now facing charges, fines, legal expenses, and travel expenses.

Come learn about the on-the-ground details from this local water protector. We will also be collecting donations to help reduce his financial burden.

This event is organized by the Direct Action Monterey Network: centralcoastdirectaction[at]gmail[dot]com

Hannah Arendt and the Rise of Fascism (a discussion with the community)

Friday 24 February 2017, 7pm: Old Capitol Books and The Direct Action Monterey Network are coming together for our 25th Theory & Philosophy Reading Group. This month, we’re interested in exploring some of the most important writings on the rise of fascism: The Origins of Totalitarianism and Eichmann in Jersusalem.

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Deleuze & Foucault on Power (Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 24)

Friday 27 January 2017, 7pm: Our last philosophy discussion group was such a hit that we’re going to continue the conversation with another fantastic dialogue: Foucault and Deleuze’s conversation on intellectuals and power. So come down for an information discussion on this important and fascinating philosophical exchange!

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Protest against Trump!

In solidarity with undocumented immigrants, queer and trans folk, Muslims, womyn, and other marginalized peoples across the so-called United States!

We demand that Salinas remain a Sanctuary City!14996552_1688466454800103_987125556_n

Organized by communities in Monterey County.

 

When: Tomorrow – Sunday November 13th, 2016 – noon!

Where: Salinas City Hall, 200 Lincoln Ave, Salinas, CA 93901

Fundraiser for Standing Rock! Screening of adaptation of Frantz Fanon’s “Concerning Violence”

Instead of our normal reading group, this month the Theory and Philosophy Reading Group will be showing a Sundance Official Selection film Concerning Violence (2014).

We’ve decided to also ask for a $5 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds) that we will collect at this event and send to the Standing Rock camp which is blocking the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Location: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, downtown Monterey

When: Friday 11, November 2016, 7pm

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