This month we’ll be reading “The Great Caliban: The Struggle Against the Rebel Body,” a chapter from Silvia Federici’s classic work, Caliban and the Witch!

"We can see, in other words, that the human body and not the steam engine, and not even the clock, was the first machine developed by capitalism."

History, gender, Foucault, surgeons stealing the bodies of executed prisoners from the gallows – it’s got something for everyone.

We’ll be meeting in Clark Park by the chess tables on Sunday, May 22nd, from 1-3. Bring a blanket or something else to sit on in case the chairs are full with other people enjoying the warm weather!

Find the reading on our website:
viscerapvd.wordpress.com/2022/

Who likes to work? Not us! Join us on Saturday, April 23 from for our next discussion! We’ll be meeting from 1-3 in an increasingly warmer and pleasant to be in Clark Park.

This month we’ll have two readings on how to live without work – or trying to, at least. We’ll be reading the newly-translated Tangpingest Manifesto

"Some of the young people, disgusted at what they see before them, are moving on. Rather than being crushed by a sinister life, they simply live instinctually. Their poses resembling rest, sleep, sickness, and death, are not meant to renew or refresh, but are a refusal of the order of time itself."

and a section of Matsumoto Hajime’s Manual for a worldwide manuke revolution

"My fellow manuke of the world, rejoice! Throughout Japan, nay, the earth, huge morons have started making tons of unthinkable spaces in opposition to this pointless world. Totally fun places, places that seem on the edge of shutting down but keep it together and persist, extremely cool spaces, places with a full-throttle feeling of freedom, places that are too stupid, places where unexpected people of mystery appear one after another… What’s that? What’s goin’ on? Hey, this looks fun!"

Read the introduction and as much as you’d like of the rest, we’ll be discussing all of it!

find the readings here: viscerapvd.wordpress.com/2022/

Despite the weather we're on for our discussion about Hello this afternoon!

Join us in Clark Park near the chess tables from 1-3 for this month's event!

"When we invoke commitment to commitment, we are speaking of a form of organization that is far from all the boring clubs and pseudo-military formations. The strength of this form is entirely dependent on the intensity with which one enters into it and how well it shrouds itself. You do not have to believe that you are doing something more serious than playing a game to play it seriously, to win."

theanarchistlibrary.org/librar

With our own plague raging, we’ve got another in-person, outdoor event to warm us all in these cold winter months. Come get exposed to something other than COVID-19 with our next discussion on Antonin Artaud, Hakim Bey and the Theater of Cruelty!

"The theater, like the plague, is in the image of this carnage and this essential separation. It releases conflicts, disengages powers, liberates possibilities, and if these possibilities and these powers are dark, it is the fault not of the plague nor of the theater, but of life."

Join us Sunday, January 30th from 1-3 – we’ll be meeting in the same place as last time, so let us know if you need the address. In case of rain we’ll reschedule.

find the readings on our homepage:
viscerapvd.wordpress.com/2022/

Join us for our next discussion on Sunday, January 2nd from 1-3, where we’ll be discussing (anti) psychiatrist R.D. Laing’s writing on schizophrenia and social control with a chapter from The Politics of Experience and the Birds of Paradise.

"There is no such ‘condition’ as ‘schizophrenia’, but the label is a social fact and the social fact a political event"

Find the reading on our website at: viscerapvd.wordpress.com/2021/

Barring the weather being really awful, this event will be in our backyard somewhere in West Philly where we can have a fire in peace.

Please contact us for the address and (optional but encouraged) bring something to burn.

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!

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