the spirit of utopia today: reminder

The Commune is holding a meeting on Saturday 12th September as part of the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair. The event takes place at The Island, Bridewell St, Bristol BS1 2PY, from 10.30am to 6pm, and our workshop is from 5pm in Room 2 (first floor).


The title of our session is ‘the spirit of utopia today’. With an environmental crisis, continuing poverty, recession & war, and the seeming collapse of alternatives to capitalism, we are living in dystopian times. This talk & discussion will explore the meaning of utopianism today and its importance for recovering our humanity in opposition to its systematic abuse for profit and power. What are ‘concrete’ and ‘abstract’ utopias; is there value in the utopian spirit, or is it just dreaming; and what critiques should we have of the idea of ‘scientific’ socialism?This will be the first meeting we have organised in Bristol, and we are keen to meet and talk to people in the area (as well as anyone else who happens to be at the bookfair, of course) interested in our network’s ideas and activities. We will also have a stall all day with our pamphlets, leaflets, our paper The Commune, including back issues.

For a full programme for the day see the website of the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Collective.

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  1. I have to say that although we can proudly consider this a successful event, the sentiments I encountered at the bookfair such as the ‘radical anti-capitalist’ stance that “we could just grow our own vegetables” or “I don’t support all workers, only the ones that environmental” etc., were pretty depressing – even more so next to the inspiring video of the short-lived, Greek uprising shown in the morning. Where is the spirit of utopia and radicalism in this country today? Solely in the hands of Latin American migrants?!

    Then again, perhaps this is just indicative of the kinds you find amongst anarchist circles. Anti-state and anti-authoritarianism at some point just dissolves into a kind of hippyish individualistic breaking away, rather than an impulse to transform the system itself.


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