This month we’ll be watching Adam Curtis’s three part documentary, The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom? from (dusts off label) 2007!

Curtis examines positive versus negative freedom with examples ranging from the Austrian school of economics to R.D. Laing and anti-psychiatry to neoliberalism and the occupation of Iraq.

If you’ve never watched an Adam Curtis feature you’re in for a treat!

Barring finding a place warmer and more congenial we'll be meeting in Clark Park near the chess tables.

You can find the whole thing on YouTube (or elsewhere) - each part is three hours and we'll be discussing all three!

youtube.com/watch?v=_izTt6PX1F

youtube.com/watch?v=KMdpGRBxBS

youtube.com/watch?v=gj0QxpHIPy

The crisp of autumn is in the air and the sun ceding ground to the long, long night, which means it’s time for a spooky reading!

"Today, the man best protected against setting the stage for his own dying is the sick person in critical condition. Society, acting through the medical system, decides when and after what indignities and mutilations he shall die."

Join us on Saturday, October 30th in Clark Park (near the chess tables) from 1-3 pm for a discussion about Ivan Illich’s “Death against death” from his classic work Medical Nemesis.

You can read the chapter online with footnotes at:

soilandhealth.org/wp-content/u

or in pdf here:

viscerapvd.files.wordpress.com

There might even be Halloween treats!

Join us Sunday, September 26th for a discussion about anarchist responses to COVID! This is a subject we’ve talked about a lot, but with vaccines, new restrictions, and the limited economic support from the state being rolled back things look a lot different now – well, except for the growing number of infections!

We’ll be reading two recent pieces, one from some French anarchists who attacked a vaccination site and one less spicy (but still good!) piece from Canada!

About an attack on a vaccination centre:
anarchistnews.org/content/abou

Health on a human scale:
anarchistnews.org/content/heal

We’ll be meeting in Clark Park near the chess tables, as usual!

This month we’ll be revisiting the theme of friendship – especially timely given the long pandemic and social strain that’s come with it. Join us in Clark Park (meet by the chess tables) Sunday, August 29th at 1 pm for a discussion of the essay "The terrible things we do to each other."

"And if when I say friend it means a certain willingness to throw everything away for a person you’ve just met or if you seek out certain intensities because you believe that is the purpose of friendship, to have grand and wild experiences, then perhaps we share a certain form of life—a certain idea of the good life, a common understanding of the word happiness."

find the reading here: viscerapvd.wordpress.com/2021/

we're no musicians, but we'll be tabling during Porchfest tomorrow in west philly!

Catch us with books, pamphlets and more at 47th and Hazel beginning at noon!

If you're in Philly, we'll be meeting at 1 PM in Clark Park to discuss everyone's favorite topic, identity politics! Join us!

2 events this month!
see location info and links to readings after the links

Online:
Fredy Perlman - The Reproduction of Daily Life / Frere Dupont - On Marxist ideas of change

Sunday, May 23 1-3 PM EST

viscerapvd.wordpress.com/2021/

Offline:
Lupus Dragonowl - Against Identity Politics

Sunday, May 16th 1-3 PM

viscerapvd.wordpress.com/2021/

2 events this month!
see location info and links to readings after the links

Online:
Fredy Perlman - The Reproduction of Daily Life / Frere Dupont - On Marxist ideas of change

Sunday, May 23 1-3 PM EST

viscerapvd.wordpress.com/2021/

Offline:
Lupus Dragonowl - Against Identity Politics

Sunday, May 16th 1-3 PM

viscerapvd.wordpress.com/2021/

in addition to Against Identity Politics, we've had a supplemental essay suggested for our upcoming online discussion! Reading is optional but encouraged!

orchestratedpulse.com/2014/08/

This month we’ll be revisiting Against Identity Politics, the classic critique of identity politics by Lupus Dragonowl. The world has lots of bad critiques of identity politics, but this is one we actually like.

"From all of this, we must conclude that IPs are just another type of leftist, promoting sacrifice and renunciation, posing as liberators of the oppressed."

Find the essay here (theanarchistlibrary.org/.../lu...)

We’ll be meeting on Sunday, April 18th from 1-3pm EST on jitsi (meet.mayfirst.org/viscerapvd).

Get in touch for the password!

We’re gonna take a bet on more nice weather and host another in-person outdoor event this month! Following up on bolo’bolo’s resistance to the planetary work machine, we’ll be reading excerpts from Demotivational Training by Guillaume Paoli.

"…the objective of practicing demotivation, and this treatise is a modest step in that direction, would be rather to divest oneself from the apparatuses used to lead all of us donkeys to the market, to methodically dismantle the mechanisms that ensure that, despite everything, it works."

Find the readings on our homepage (viscerapvd.wordpress.com/2021/)

We’ll be meeting on Saturday, April 24th from 1-3 pm at Clark Park near the chess tables.

We’ll be revisiting (or, for some of us, reading for the first time) the classic work of anarchist utopia that’s neither, bolo’bolo!

theanarchistlibrary.org/librar

"bolo’bolo is also a modest proposal for the new arrangements on the spaceship after the Machine’s disappearance. Though it started as a mere collection of wishes, a lot of considerations about their realization have accumulated around it. bolo’bolo can be realized world-wide within five years, if we start now. It guarantees a soft landing in the second reality. Nobody will starve, freeze or die earlier than today in the transition period. There’s very little risk."

We’ll be doing an in-person discussion on Saturday, March 27th in Clark Park in Philadelphia (meet near the chess tables) from 1-3 pm.

Join us for our February anarchist discussion! Following on the heels of our previous reading on communist egoism, we’ll be doing a long-ish reading from Stirner for his thoughts on the subject for a more individualist perspective.

We’ll be reading two sections from The Unique and Its Property: I Have Based My Affairs on Nothing and section 2.2.2, My Intercourse. Find the text here (theanarchistlibrary.org/librar)

You can also listen to the first essay here (youtube.com/watch?v=w90Jb1utOE). This reading is rather long so we suggest starting early!

Discussion will be held on Sunday, February 21st from 1-3 pm EST.

As usual, this one’ll be online on jitsi (meet.mayfirst.org/viscerapvd) in the room viscerapvd. Email us for the password at viscerapvd[at]gmail.com!

Reminder that the anarchist library will be down tomorrow, so if you want a copy of the reading to refer to (or are doing some last-minute reading) we'd suggest downloading it from the library or using the text on libcom!
(libcom.org/library/right-be-gr)

Join us for our first anarchist reading discussion of the year! January’s reading for discussion is The Right to be Greedy: Theses on the Practical Necessity of Demanding Everything by the collective For Ourselves.

"Greed in its fullest sense is the only possible basis of communist society. The present forms of greed lose out, in the end, because they turn out to be not greedy enough."

Discussion will be held Saturday, January 16th from 1-3.

Reading can be found at bit.ly/3nKezr4 (footnotes optional but encouraged!)

As last time, this one’ll be online on jitsi (meet.mayfirst.org/viscerapvd) in the room viscerapvd. Email us for the password at viscerapvd@gmail.com!

We're bringing it back indoors! Join us Sunday, December 13th from 1 pm-3 pm EST for our next reading discussion!

With the lockdown upon many of us once again and the pandemic continuing to rage, we figure even hardened anti-social @s might be bouncing off the walls at this point. In that light, we’ve decided to revisit a few texts written at the beginning of the first wave of all this that touch on the subjects of lockdown and social isolation, plus a piece by Novatore on solitude.

details here: viscerapvd.wordpress.com/2020/

We're rescheduling!

Join us next Thursday, November 5th at the same time and place!

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Join us on Friday, October 30th to celebrate the beginning of Halloween weekend with a discussion of the essay Political Naivete by Aragorn!

Following up on the discussion about strategy at our last event and in anticipation of some excitement in the coming month(s), we'll be treating this short piece critiquing Maoism and, by way of this critique, how we engage in the world and who we do it with.

"As long as anarchists do not inform ourselves about the myriad of forces that seek to intentionally confuse their project for an anarchist one, we will continue to be fooled by them. More problematically, and over a long enough timeline, this confusion becomes reality."

Find the essay here: aragorn.anarchyplanet.org/poli

if you don't feel comfortable bypassing the security error, we've copied the essay to our website here:
viscerapvd.wordpress.com/2020/

Today! We'll have a table or something with us this time so you can find us!

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Enjoy some much-needed and rarely gotten face-to-face time with other anarchists in Philly on Saturday, October 3rd as we gather for a discussion of the essay Social War, Antisocial Tension by Josep Gardenyes.

"When an old lady marches in a protest and imagines the street free of cars and full of gardens; when a young boy lights fire to a shopping center that he and his friends have filled with gas cans and imagines a forest growing out of the ruins; when a mother entertains the fantasy of conducting her own birthing with friends in a free community where her daughter will never know of prison, of marriage, of advertising that assaults her self-esteem, of pollution, of institutional education; when all those worlds flourish parallel to our own, we will be stronger than ever.

Full text: theanarchistlibrary.org/librar

We’ll be meeting in Clark Park again, this time at the dog bowl – discussion starts at 1:15, come around 1 for social time. As usual, we’ll have some books and pamphlets for viewing and purchase.

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