These folks are definitely the best and brightest. Who can imagine the joys of life if we didn’t have to worry about work and money? Why, we could just sit around occupying and complaining all day long, eat some “free” grub, then rape some of the womenfolk after dark.
Radicalism was on tap yesterday inside the Simmons College Paresky Center.
There was talk of dissolving the federal government in its entirety, rhetoric calling for the elimination of both money and work, books with titles like “Anarchism and Its Aspirations,” and workshops dubbed “Egypt: Prospects of Revolution and Quagmires of State Structure.”
The Boston Anarchist Bookfair 2011 — the first in five years — drew between 300 and 400 people to the center, according to its organizers.
Ian Chinich, a 27-year-old Boston University doctoral student who helped organize the event as part of the Boston Anarchist Bookfair Collective, said he is “anti-state,” in favor of dissolving the federal government and opposed to the “commodification of people’s lives and the whole idea you have to work for profit.”
Many in attendance drew parallels between anarchism and the Occupy movements that have been sweeping the country, including Patrick St. John, a 28-year-old self-described anarchist from Dorchester.
Sweeping the country, huh? Nothing like believing the hype. More like getting swept up around the country.
Occupy, he said, uses “essential anarchist processes,” such as general assemblies.
“Anarchists say process is crucial. The ends and means have to be synonymous,” St. John said.
The physical space taken up by the Occupy movements, said Chinich, is “really important.”
“It’s a physical manifestation of the protest in every-day life that doesn’t go away,” he said.
Cam Mancini, 21, of Providence, who describes himself as “an anarchist communist,” and distributed literature on behalf of the Common Struggle Libertarian Communist Federation, favors abolishing money and work.
Does this boob have the slightest clue what he’s talking about? No, obviously.
“It’s just that the way life is organized currently under capitalism, we have to put massive amounts of time in our day to being quote-unquote productive,” said Mancini.
This gathering of lunatics continues through today. Here are some of the fun workshops listed.
- Academia Speaks: Anarchist Paper Presentations
- Anarchism 101
- Anarchism Abroad: Connecting Struggles, Building Solidarity
- Egypt: Prospects of Revolution and Quagmires of State Structure
- Especifismo: An Approach to Organizing from Brazil and Uruguay
- The FBI: From COINTELPRO to Post-9/11 Repression
- Fighting Fascism in the 21st Century
- Fracking in Pennsylvania
- #OccupyEverything: Occupy Wallstreet, Boston, and Beyond
- Political Prisoners and Government Repression
- Radical Adventures in History: Boston-style!
- Resistance in Appalachia: The Fight for Environmental Justice
- Surviving and Resisting Psychiatry: Questioning the Mainstream and Non-consensual
- Seattle & Boston Solidarity Networks: Direct Action and Mutual Aid for the Win!
- Summit Strategy
- Student Power: Organizing and Envisioning Democracy in Higher Education
- Tools and Tricks for Unlocking Things(CANCELLED)
- Understanding Radical Queer/Trans History!
- Worker-Run Cooperatives