Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Events at Anarchist Book Fair 2012, Saturday 27 October

2012 Anarchist Bookfair, SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER from 10a.m. to 7p.m.
at Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS.              

The following meetings may be of particular interest from a radical history point of view:

Room 3.22   3rd Floor
11am – 12 noon
The Path Not Taken - welfare history and the libertarian perspective
To know where you're going, you need to know where you came from. One piece of hidden history is the way working class people, in face of the most ruthless capitalism ever, erected a system of welfare services, based on mutual aid "friendly societies". Health, education, housing, benefits, etc, were all included as the new book tells.  We can't resurrect the friendly societies but we can work for modern collective libertarian welfare services, as well as defending the compromise welfare state. 
Books available.
Organised by:  Socialist Libertarian Group

[This meeting was restructured as a tribute to Alan Woodward; his booklet on the subject is available as a pdf - here]
Room 3.18   3rd Floor
12 noon – 1pm
1839: The Chartist Insurrection
The Chartists were the original political movement of the working class, and 1839 was the year a National Convention assembled in London, and revolution seemed a real possibility. The year ended with an armed uprising in London, followed by the trial of its leaders for treason. Our speaker, David Black, is co-author (with Chris Ford) of a new book on the events of 1839.
Organised by: Hobgoblin

Room 3.22   3rd Floor
2pm – 3pm
Strikes, Nukes & Overdue Subscription Fees – Anarchist organisation in original documents (1944-64)
This presentation showcases some of the recent work of the Sparrows' Nest anarchist library, using unique documents relating to Anarcho-Syndicalism in Britain and around the world. Focusing on the overlooked period in the history of radical politics between the end of the Spanish Civil War and the iconic events of the late 1960s we hope to give an insight into some of the political and organisational issues faced by the movement, and suggest further opportunities for research into anarchist history and practice.
Organised by: The Sparrow’s Nest (

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