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(en) Czech, afed: Anarchist Book Festival 2018 - The sixth anniversary of the anarchist book festival is successfully behind us.

Date Wed, 6 Jun 2018 10:29:51 +0300

Even when the first annual Anarchist Book Festival was held, which the interested people did not say otherwise than the "bukfér", it was clear that this is an action that needs to be continued and which has the potential to attract a large number of visitors and become one of the key events in the local calendar anti-authoritarians. And so we could meet for six years in the presence of subversive literature at a rich program festival. ---- This year's bouquet was held on Saturday, May 19th, at Eternie Square in Smíchov, Prague. In addition to the distribution of (not only) anarchist prints, a number of lectures, discussions, screenings were on the agenda. There was also a cultural program, snacks were provided and parents with children were also forgotten. But let's take it nicer.

Publishing grain

The festival was launched at ten o'clock, when part of the stalls were prepared in a specially designated area, and the others were gradually expanding. We start with self-presentation, a distribution booth of the Anarchist Federation Publishing House , which has unveiled the richest publishing activity within the local anarchist movement. We put the emphasis on titles on that day, including the Vadim Damier's Steel Century book , the softer title we've ever released. Another new feature presented was (as was subsequently the absolute "blockbuster") Tape and Hooligans by Roman Laube. And in the same edition, there were also biographical notes about Erric Malatest from Vernon Richard and the Parallel World in Colorfrom Mikola Dziadoka pen. The latter also invited us to present one of the lectures with his book and his stay in a Belarusian prison. In addition to the newer and older issues of the Anarchist Revue Existence and Publications from previous years, we offered black-and-white flags, original linocut bags, Cuban anarchist cigars, and the benefit bazaar of prints. In the stand we also took over the brand new publication of the Triada Publishing House - a set of texts by Jan Tesar from 1968-1980, entitled What to Do in the Wolf's Stomach . The history of Jan Tesar, many of us know, thanks to his phenomenal publication, Czech Gypsy Rhapsody about a black partisan, Josef Serinka, or maybe read an interview, which we made with him for the Revue Existence (4/2013). Then Jan Tesar said, "We have closer to you than you think." Yes, and this is also the proof of his new book. We are highly recommended (the Triada Publishing House was delighted to be delighted that seven of the five copies we took for Bukker had sold them seven).

We shared the space together with the feminist Zinzon Zin , who could boast the second number and offer bags and bags with thematic prints. On the other side of the house , we were together with friends from the Shared Houses , who were in the form of leaflets and DVDs with the film This is our house! presented the project around them.

Her new premiere at the festival was the new self-governing and non-commercial publishing house Neklid. Here he distributed his new book by Bini Adamczak, Communism (not only) for children . In addition, the book offered a publishing official close to our movement, such Debt by David Graeber or recently in the sociological SLON publishing house published book Ernest Novak dark green world , which we pointed out in the last existence .

Those interested in literary productions of various kinds have come to their stand at the Pravek Foundation underground publisher , which helps DIY beginners with their works on the world. Those who are interested in the history of the Czech anarchist movement have surely found their way to the Zádruha Historical Society .

Its promotional or fundraising materials presented many activist groups and collectives, such as Anarchist Black Cross , an initiative limits us , Collectively Against Capital and Prague solidarity network SOL! S . There was a booth dedicated to animal rights. And at the No Rasism Initiative! was to dismantle the fresh Czech edition of the leftist youth magazine Sugar Street .

The official publishers were Rubato or Broken Books , introducing the new book Radicality of Love by Srecko Horvata. There was also an independent, critical, 14- month- old A2 , as well as representatives from abroad, such as DAFuQ, a Viennese anarchoqueerfeminist network. His books (such as the Worship of An Early State Formation ) or a wall calendar dedicated to historically renowned women-anarchists were offered by Peter Gelderloos, who was also one of the lecturers. As part of his visit to Prague, we agreed with him to publish a Czech translation of his work Anarchy works .

The adjoining smaller room was occupied by the distress from the Prague infoshop Salé , which very much provided many foreign-language titles from the English team Active Distribution . The Zapatista Distro offered products from Chiapas women's cooperatives and zapatistic coffee, and the Graphic Workshop Black Hand features posters and graphics from Mexican workshops and artists. It has to be said that it was really a good idea to choose from, although posters could still be unavailable for some visitors.

And another interesting title was this year's bookfair. At the bottom of the bar, the co-author Vítek Formanek lay down the prints of the 44 stamp's stamp on the table by the wall . The book, along with Eva Csölle, prepared from interviews with bands of her heart, from The Damned through Oi Polloi to the Danish The Zero Point. Good reading at a nice price. If you have missed it, the book is available at www.petrklic.info .


In addition to the room, the stalls that were present probably attracted most of the basement, not only because of the bar, but also because the main lectures of the festival day were here. We have asked several visitors to get to know their content.

Jana: "It has been clear since the first lecture that this year's program has been extremely successful. People from the SOL solidarity network in Praguepresented their activities, talked about various solidarity networks abroad, or about the difference between solidarity networks and trade unions. Students could learn that, especially for people without a contract or for foreigners, it is better to turn to solidarity networks, since, unlike official trade unions, they work on the basis of direct action, solidarity for everyone, democratic decision making and unnecessary bureaucracy. The solidarity network activity must also come directly from the people who turned to the group. The lecture was followed by a stimulating discussion. However, since this lecture started at 11 am (and the program started), many people did not come to it. However, we can hope that listeners are inspired to collaborate with solidarity networks or to create similar projects. "

Aleš: "The lecture of the anarchist who arrived at the bookfair from the German-speaking countries was concerned with modern anarchist theory - and although it was" academic ", the presentation was very comprehensible and accessible to visitors and visitors who are not particularly oriented in political theory. Present in his Postanarchism. The Restoration of Anarchist Theorybriefly explained what the post-prefix means - and that it is not a negation of anarchist theory, old school '(ie, works by Bakunin or Kropotkin), but rather about adding, developing and thinking about things in the context of the 21st century, the number of previously valid reclassifications. A large part of the lecture was devoted to thinking that the anarchist movement is full of various paradoxes and individual anarchist tendencies often call for diametrically different approaches (eg radical ecoanarchism versus anarchist trends that see technology in emancipation, individualist anarchism vs. anarchosyndicism, etc. .), but that it is not about the "incompetence" of anarchist theory (as it is often criticized by Marxists, for example), but about its integral part - it is precisely these tensions that often inspire the most inspirational thoughts and actions. In the subsequent free discussion with the lecturer present, they discussed, among other things, the role of the state in society and how the approach of the anarchist movement changed in history. The lecture and the discussion took place in English, of course, simultaneous translation was available to those interested and interested. "

Martin the same lecture on postanarchism"In the morning's third hour of debates, it is sometimes shown that anarchist theory has somewhat faded into the premise and conclusion in the 19th century, and it is difficult to respond to the questions raised by the present. To the great pleasure of all activists who would like to go into the political debate over the seventh beer, this problem seeks to solve postanarchism, the thought stream that looks on the classical anarchist ideas through the optics of such great postmodernists as Jacques Lacan or Jacques Derrida. In the context of class struggle, this is a very refined move, as a militant armed with Derrida's postulates becomes really invincible in the debate (especially if his opponent has the seven beers behind). A lecturer, an anarchist from Germany named Jens, who writes on the subject at the doctoral work at the University of Jena, has outlined this issue in its entirety and supplemented its interpretation with graphic illustrations; but subsequently suffered from nausea, he had to end his speech prematurely without answering the questions he had asked himself. The area of postanarchism remains open to further research. "

Cecilia: "The fact that jail is shit and that only the hypocrites can act on this institution is clear. And it does not matter if the regime openly threatens such repression and sanctions, or it looks like the most just of the possible (what I'm going to talk about since the poor man has stolen a bunch of sows and went to sit and the rich for the fun of someone has crippled and punished himself, has not changed much anywhere). Even worse, when the regime gets rid of opinion opponents - when it comes to political prisoners. And all the way out of these categories as if he were a famous Lukashenko world called Belarus. There they shut each other slowly, and each anti-government opposition has a real chance to end up with a striped mundus. Anarchist Mikola Dziadok, who came from Belarus, knew it all on his own. His rebellion against the regime ended at one point by shutting him down, and in keeping with their terribly democratic laws, he could hold him indefinitely. Even Lukashenko is playing the election, and he puts forward the last political amnesty. From what they got, Mikola wrote a book about it and prepared a series of lectures with which he traverses the world. The Belarusian penitentiary system is bureaucraticly promulgated and informally literally murderous (for example, there is a caste system in it, which can lead to suicide or make it a waste - you just find the Muslim concentration camp, which is written here in historical literature). From Mikol's essay, the frost of his head was on the facts of the description. (To be exact, the mundries are not exactly striped - they have done a few reforms in this sphere.) Yeah, that presidential amnesty shows that the disclosure of what and how in Belarusian prisons is happening does not want to be there. So, great thanks and respect for Mikol that he does. Of course, I'll get the book. "

Emil: "The lecture, which was run by the long-standing group Collective against Capital(KPK) from two o'clock, I arrived with a little delay and found, surprisingly, that I did not even have a place to sit. This was already about the situation on the Czech labor market where wage growth is due to labor shortages. There was mention of the role of integrated unions and the message was disproved, the worse, the better, since there is no rule that would prove that when the capital cycle goes down, then the proletarian goes up. From a more general point of view, however, in the next part of the lecture, the current battles in the workplaces, namely in health care, and the lessons learned from them were deduced. Gradually, the issues of the self-organization relationship to trade unions, the organization of awareness, and ultimately the methods of struggle and its politicization were analyzed. Several important points have been highlighted - on the one hand, that workers take into account their own needs and do not get involved in the fairy tale, co-responsibility ", and then that their demands derive from their current strength, and ultimately the fact that their own struggle has changed their perception of many aspects of life in capitalism. The lesson, therefore, is that successful struggles can be conducted even for small things that open up people's eyes to realize their power. KPK once again convinced himself that he was conducting a good piece of work in mapping and analyzing class clashes. "

Aleš: "The lecturer - an active participant in the anti-fascist struggles that have recently taken place behind the ocean - described some of the conflicts (among other things in Berkeley, where anti-fascists and black-bloc anarchists in February last year, abolished" a lecture by fascist Milo Yiannopoulos campus) that took place since Donald Trump was elected president. He also focused on some peculiarities and specifics of (neo) Nazism and (neo) fascism in the US - for example, the fact that the alt-right movement has no problem raising hatred for immigrants, although essentially the whole current US society is immigrants formed and genuine indigenous peoples there is not much left on the continent. In the subsequent discussion present with the lecturers divorced, for example, the connection of material conditions and the fascism of the company or group activityRedneck Revolt , which is trying to work with the theme, "white submarines" (about which they often talk about the election of Trump and the fascism of American society). "

Toncho: "What can we do about it? a friend asked me when she was preparing a school paper on the consequences of global warming. And so we went to the Anarchist Book Festival where we listened to the lecture of the Limits team we. Again she assured her that those who have the greatest share in fatal climate change are influential shopkeepers and their political hunters, who will find it hard to ever tell directly what they think. But she also learned one important thing: that all these well-placed ignorants try not to be too prone to their dirty business, and that we can do something about it. It does not matter in terms of age, experience, residence, etc. It depends on solidarity with the environment and the people who are essentially dependent on it. We can make this topic visible on a daily basis until it can be ignored or marginalized. Except all those uhlobarons and others. we are forced to stop destroying lives and the future. It is enough to become actively involved in the climate justice movement, here in the Czech Republic, we are specifically in the Limits team.the climatic campsite will certainly meet us a lot more than last year. Let us just add that the climate is just another good reason to change the system. "

Martin: "A lot of people gathered at the lecture of American author Peter Gelderloose , which is not surprising, as he is one of the most prolific and most prominent writers in today's anarchist movement. He published a number of books, including, for example, Anarchy Works , in which he demonstrates on a number of concrete examples that a stateless, horizontally organized society is feasible and feasible, or How Nonviolence Protects the State , where he argues with a pacifist approach to tackling the social and environmental problems of today. His latest book, Worshiping Power, which he personally introduced in Prague, is a historical analysis of the circumstances of the existence and existence of various forms of state establishment. He deals with the topic the author has touched upon in his earlier books, but he goes deeper and is much more radical in his conclusions. Above all, as he says, one should stop thinking of the state as a possible tool of human emancipation. Although today the state system is ubiquitous in the world, and the life of society can hardly be imagined without it, it is in fact nothing but a tool for the accumulation of power - which, whatever it takes on a friendly form - always inevitably leads to the suppression of the rights of individuals groups and the limitation of equality and autonomy. Peter Gelderloos is not only a brilliant radical thinker but also a great writer and speaker, which does not overburden its texts with too much academic expression and is so comprehensible to the majority audience. Therefore, those who came to his lecture, who eventually developed in a pleasant informal discussion, certainly left satisfied. The good news for them and for everyone else is that perhaps even next year, Czech readers will be able to see the works of Peter Gelderloose in translation. "

The program of the festival was really rich, and one also occasionally needs to relax from all this intellectual activity, so we did not even participate in all the lectures. And so the talk of repression against the anarchists and anti-fascists in Russia was rushed and the evening of the evening - Robin Yassin-Kassab's lecture on the war in Syria. Evenings in the Eternie Evenings have been passed - introducing the magazine Sugar Street Search and the presentation of the book Komunismus (not only) for children .

Another program

Visitors to the festival were able to watch the films This is our house! (on the functioning of the German network of solidarity housing Mietshäusersyndikat), Bullfight , The Carbon Curtain or Anti-fascism document in the USA. Further discussions took place on the lectures.

The musical side of the festival took place at Eternie in the afternoon with the acoustic Dimitar and the Hill of Cones. In the evening after the lectures, Johnny Viilnik, Jungiez & Edosh, Frau Frankenstein und Spullboy, Sharpen your Fringe, Massola, and DJ's Eldatel & Domie were already in the cellars.

The attic space was reserved all the day all the day for children who had their own corner and were able to get out of their way to allow their parents to taste some of the buckets. The only downside (but more for adults than for children - these energies were missing) was that they had to go up to the top floor of the building with their children. The fun of the children promised to make the interactive theater with Karlovo and Jaromír's fairy tale more pleasant .

In addition to running and toddlers, children were performing various workshops, such as screen printing by Punx23.

The Eterny Stair has been decorated with an exhibition of contemporary Mexican graphics and posters entitled "Autonomy is Life, Submission is Death," a mix of various Mexican traditions, workshops and authors - the Escuela de culture Popular de los Mártires del 68, Grafica de Lucha, Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca or Chilean artist Beatriz Aurora.


The organization of the festival seemed to be trembling as it should. Anyone who wanted to engage actively in any way had an opportunity. There were no serious hindrances during the program. Perhaps only more seats could be provided for lectures by the loud listener. And so the only "shortcoming" that was left with ease was the excited air in the hall with the stands.

Refreshments were provided by two bars or a self-service benefit cabin of various flavors. In Eternia's courtyard, Vegan cuisine was set up, offering excellent kebabs, burgers, sweet and savory pancakes, various desserts and other delicacies that produced no animals.

On the table adjacent to the kitchen, anyone at their discretion was able to contribute to the cost of arranging the buckets. There was also a printed brochure of the festival guide, where besides the program annotations of individual lectures, presentations of dictionaries or book news of the AF Publishing House. All this is supplemented by texts on the Mexican collective Escuela de culture Popular de los Mártires del 68, about Omar Aziz and the building of self-governing autonomous communities in Syria, and on the history of publishing against the backdrop of technology developments in the region.

It is a pity that even this year we did not realize what we know from some foreign bukfers, that is, the presentation of anarchist publications directly on the street, so that even passers-by can pick them up. The event was attended by several hundred people. Three hundred of them could turn around. In this area and throughout the day, however, the number of visitors is very poorly estimated. The festival, which is a great example of anarchist self-organization, has confirmed its important role in meeting and self-learning. But with the interest in the book itself, it was even worse when we took into account that, for example, the Steel Century , which stands out in both content and form quality in this year's anarchist publishing, only counted 18. Is it missing from you?

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