London Anarchist Bookfair, Saturday 29th October 2016

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London Anarchist Bookfair, Saturday 29th October 2016

The 2016 London Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 29th October and will run from 10am to 7pm.

Venue: Park View School, West Green Road, N15 3QR
Rail/Tube: Seven Sisters (National Rail or Victoria Line) / Turnpike Lane (Picadilly Line)
Buses: 41:, 67, 230, 341 (get off at stop near junction of Black Boy Lane and West Green Road).
Access: Full disabled access
Children: Creche (2yrs-8yrs) and older kids space (8 yrs upwards)

As always, more details about what's on closer to the time at http://www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk/

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Jul 22 2016 12:16

I notice that the booking forms for meetings and bookstalls is now open on the site if groups want to get in their applications in good time.

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Jul 25 2016 10:57

Thanks for the reminder. Shame it's not still at St Martin's, as it was a really good central location. Anyone know why it moved?

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Aug 28 2016 11:16

The initial meetings list for the bookfair is now up on the website - some potentially interesting ones including two from the London based 'Angry Workers of the World' and others from the CWO and Mouvement Communiste as well as a presentation on a book by Robert Kurz ( selected texts by all of these on Libcom) and inevitably meetings on developments in Turkey and Syria etc. More to follow nearer the time.

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Aug 28 2016 15:08

Spiky, do you by any chance have the title for that Kurz book? I tried to find it on the book fair's website but it was impossible to navigate on my phone.

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Aug 28 2016 18:42

The listing refers to the Robert Kurz book as 'The Substance of Capital' a translated collection of German magazine articles. I don't know if any of those articles are the same as texts already on this site.
PS: There are lots of Kurz's texts on libcom but few with any follow-up discussion as you will know from my extended comments on Kurz's text 'Anti-economic and anti-politics....' and briefly on his 'The apotheosis of money.....'.

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Aug 28 2016 19:26

Cheers. I'll look it up. I prefer the dead tree format. Lots of the Kurz articles here are horribly formatted, making it hard to read on the screen. And his articles tend to be looong

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Aug 28 2016 22:28

Actually might like to go to the talk about Kurz.

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Sep 1 2016 16:05
Khawaga wrote:
Cheers. I'll look it up. I prefer the dead tree format. Lots of the Kurz articles here are horribly formatted, making it hard to read on the screen. And his articles tend to be looong

How would you prefer them formatted?

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Sep 1 2016 16:21

It's not the case with all the Kurz articles, but some don't have proper paragraph breaks, bolded subheadings, hyperlinked footnotes and so on.

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Sep 6 2016 15:54

A text for one of the 'Angry Workers' meetings at the bookfair is on this site here:
http://libcom.org/blog/insurrection-production-29082016
Looks interesting if a bit ambitious for what will probably be a short one hour slot for discussion?

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Sep 27 2016 15:30

The timetable and room allocations for the huge number of bookfair meetings are now up on the site. Apart from those I mentioned earlier there are several others worth a mention including from the AF on Land and Ecology issues and two from the 'Critisticuffs' team (including a critique of the increasingly popular UBI). Inevitably there will be some timetable clashes between your favourites. It's a pity more of the many offers at the London bookfair don't reappear at some of the smaller regional bookfairs.
Unfortunately the anti-communist Parecon (IOPS) people get another 2 goes this year. Plenty of criticism of their approach on this site here for starters: http://libcom.org/library/participatory-society-or-libertarian-communism and other longer discussion threads.

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Sep 28 2016 01:54

The SPGB will hopefully be having their stall outside the entrance of the venue so if anybody is interested they can stop and have a friendly blether.

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Sep 28 2016 15:46
ajjohnstone wrote:
The SPGB will hopefully be having their stall outside the entrance of the venue so if anybody is interested they can stop and have a friendly blether.

Will you be there yourself comrade?

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Sep 29 2016 01:06

A bit far for me to travel. Perhaps next year.

If i was, it would be good to have a few beers and set the world to rights.

The more we socialise, the more socialist we all become and put aside exclusive claims to the ownership of the road to socialism.

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Sep 29 2016 03:18

As shame. But hey, I got a down vote, presumably for being friendly toward an SPGBer so at least I have that diver lining to be grateful for.
I can just see it after the rev, all of us gathering in our little groups dissing other groups for wiping their ass the wrong way. Ahhh, what glorious days await!

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Sep 29 2016 09:56

Surprised ajj hasn't recommended this website as an enticement to those anarchists and libertarian communists not so dismissive of everything the spgb has to contribute as part of his ''thin red line'' in the 'unofficial' sites illustration of a more open and flexible attitude amongst some members and ex-members of the spgb: www.theoryandpractice.org.uk . It still lacks any materialist critique of the spgb itself but does recognise the contribution of others in it's interesting personal selection of material.

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Sep 29 2016 13:37

There are other signs of some SPGBers reaching out to that Thin Red Line
The late Andy Cox, brother of Robin Cox of World In Common website (which did involve a couple of SPGBers who were not hauled up on charges of collaborating with the opposition), remained a member and put up two useful blogs.

http://socialistmatters.webs.com/
http://andycox1953.webs.com/

Quote:
….Wholly assured – to the point of smugness – of the correctness of its ‘Impossibilist’ stance, the Party declares itself uniformly hostile towards all who part company with it in terms of ends or means, regardless of whether there is a degree of common ground or not…we should consider making common cause with any political group AGREEING FULLY WITH THE 3 CORE PROPOSITIONS

see the link

Change in the SPGB as one member said is glacially slow. But as the advance forward to socialism is also painfully slow, it doesn't seem like as if the SPGB is being left behind that much. My gut reaction is that things are happening but i can never put a finger on it but i am minded of Rosa Luxemburg's quote "those who don't move, don't notice their chains" I have an inkling it applies to far more groups and parties than just only the SPGB. We should all check the mirror.

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Sep 30 2016 10:22

I went to an SPGP meeting and met some excellent, experienced, knowledgeable and friendly but serious people. I was very impressed.

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Sep 30 2016 15:32

Yeah it's beyond my comprehension why the parecon crowd is let in while the SPGB are quarantined as if they were the fucking Posadists.

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Sep 30 2016 20:33

I don't understand why parecon advocates should not be booked for an anarchist bookfair just because they may be anarchist socialists rather than anarcho-communists.

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Oct 1 2016 01:17

Noah and Jura, to be fair, the SPGB having been refused in the past now don't bother to apply and are content to have an outside stall. Perhaps if we applied again, maybe we would be permitted. I have no idea.

But we now acknowledge and accept the organisers' discretion to exclude ourselves on the grounds that we are viewed as "parliamentarians", even though we too have witnessed some stranger folk being allowed to host meetings and present their ideological wares.

As i said before, there has to be a sea-change in how we relate to one another's politics in the "Thin Red Line". Squabbling over admittance to a bookfair wouldn't be constructive. We'll be happy to be on the street (as long as it doesn't rain or blow a gale) and talk to those going in and out. As individuals, i am sure a few SPGBers will browse the stuff on sale and attend some of the meetings.

Altemark, perhaps you should use the search function and understand how this website and many of the contributors and their organisations define socialism before you call Parecon anarcho-socialists. Why do you think it is anarchist and socialist? ... No, on second thoughts, better use the already pre-existing threads that you can easily find to answer that.

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Oct 1 2016 02:23

Haha, right there is exactly the sort of level headed, well reasoned and fair minded response one expects from SPGP folk. Brilliant!

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But we now acknowledge and accept the organisers' discretion to exclude ourselves on the grounds that we are viewed as "parliamentarians"

That's a dodgy "grounds" if ever there was one, given that the arch-electoralists of Class War will most likely have a stall and possibly a meeting. I'm wondering if the "anarchist wing" of Momentum will be there as well this year?

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Oct 1 2016 10:35

jura,
My personal preference would be to have the spgb in and the Parecon's out, but the London bookfair is still essentially anarchist and not narrowly anarchist or libertarian communist. As altemark indicates he, amongst other anarcho-syndicalists, are at least sympathetic to the Parecon model if not necessarily to other 'dodgy' views expressed by leading light Michael Albert or other members of the IOPS network. On the whole I think the Bookfair organisers do a reasonable job of providing a varied cross-section of radical and pro-revolutionary politics outside of the mainstream with inevitably some inconsistencies in their choices from time to time. You will find anyway that various radical booksellers present manage to enlarge the choice of material to encompass a pretty good range of genuinely communist material.

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Oct 22 2016 18:33

Next week now. New Venue so might be more difficult to find our way to the best (libcom recommended) pubs nearby for a respite during the day or early evening. Maybe the organisers can put up a location map that includes the pubs?

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Oct 22 2016 18:34

sorry duplicate.

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Oct 22 2016 23:23

Yeah shame about the location, which is not very convenient. St Martin's was really good so shame they couldn't use that again.

I guess pub wise the Salisbury could be a good option as it's massive, although I haven't been there in over 10 years so don't know if it's changed much

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Oct 27 2016 13:58

Copies of the expanded Albert Memorial will be there:

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Oct 27 2016 15:01

Latest Resistance is out! Anarchist Federation's free newsheet.
https://www.afed.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/resistance161.pdf
Get your copies at London Anarchist Bookfair where you'll be able to buy new Organise! our magazine too. Up to No 87 and still going! It’ll be the only “glossy” mag out as Black Flag is not coming out for Bookfair .
2016 London Anarchist Bookfair .
This year’s London Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 29th October from 10am to 7pm.
Venue: Park View School
West Green Road, London, N15 3QR
See here:
http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk/

The AF will be holding 4 meetings at the Bookfair on The Land, Ecology and the Environment, Anarchism in Bulgaria and Mental Health. Check the Bookfair website for details. Feel free to introduce yourself to us there or at our fabulous stalls, chock full of newsheets, magazines, pamphlets, stickers and T-shirts!

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Oct 27 2016 20:50

Did a general roundup of things coming out of Angel Alley here:

https://freedomsbigrebuild.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/ready-for-the-bookfair/