“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968


Friday, 12 October 2012

London Anarchist Bookfair.

It's that time of year again. Time to start thinking about sowing broad beans and keeping an eye open for the rutting stags in Bushy Park. It's also time for the great London Anarchist Bookfair so on Saturday 27th October we will all be setting off on a pilgrimage down the Mile End Road. Ian Bone reckons that The Bookfair is a bit like Brigadoon with several thousand anarchists emerging from who knows where only to disappear again until the following year. The Bone may have a point but it's a pleasant enough day out and you always bump into long lost friends and interesting new comrades. Anarcho-syndicalists, feminists, council-communists, semi-detached situationists, vegan activists, Fifth Monarchists (search me), libertarian martial artists, can of Special Brew and dog on stringists. All are welcome. If someone points me out to you saying, "Look, there's that old git who writes that weird blog", please come over, pat me on the head and give me half a crown. We're all going down the pub after.

5 comments:

Dr Llarregub said...

As one who has written several anarchist pamphlets, actively supported working people in their struggles in several countries, I am often inclined to come along to the much recommended Book Fair. I was intending to come this time and meet up with a couple of old comrades, have a natter and a pint. Alas, I have seen what a vicious and hateful movement anarchism has become. I have been reading hate-filled posts on the heavily censored Bone Blog with support for gangstas, thugs, and other enemies of the working class. I would not wish to be seen dead amongst hate filled people who scream accusations of racism and obscenities instead of political argument. No thanks.

Gitane said...

Come along Dr buggeralL. You may find many comrades who also think that when Bone is talking about the working class he is as detached from reality as David Cameron. However we are in a class war and the internet is not the be all and end all of anarchist praxis.

Dr Llarregub said...

Gitane, point accepted, but as age takes its toll I have to be more selective about my anarchist praxis. Internet is important and disappointing though, as my attempts to draw attention to the recent Britanny Ferries strike and occupation of one of their ships, a a lockout, and food supplied by French townspeople, was censored and never even made it to the Guardian, which seems to be the inspiration for anarchist praxis. Equally censored was the Lennox campaign where we got 200,000 supporters, organized demos in New York and Belfast but only managed a brief mention on BBC when someone fire bombed the homes of city councillors. And all taking place under the nose of the Mr Asbo campaign. And now for the censorship and thought control over the badger cull, unless the great stunters decide to dress up as badgers in St Paul's. My point: the net has great use for us ageing anarchists, so should the book fare. But the censorship and hostliy is depressing, especially as there are ordinary folk prepared to act. Anyway, I would love to come along.

incubusblog said...

Oh Tod, you have such a funny take on the world- do come along for a laugh! We promise not to set packs of string-led squatter dogs on you. Ever your hate-filled, obscene apostate anarchist.xx ;)

Dr Llarregub said...

I see this blog allows contributors to expose people's names - a favourite ploy of Incubus. Thank you for your respect. Unfortunately I was censored from replying to the discussion Incubus so sneeringly comments on. I am unafraid of keyboard anarchists who hide behind censorship but would not waste time on the same premises with them. Have an enjoyable book fair and don't forget to expose those who choose to employ fictitious names for the purpose of discussion. I don't trust you. Goodbye.

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