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(en) [Spain] Among the shelves of the libertarian idea. Chronicle of the XVI edition of the Anarchist Book Meeting of Madrid. By ANA by Angel Malatesta (ca, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 31 Dec 2018 07:27:44 +0200


During the past days of December, between Thursday 6 and Sunday 9, the XVI edition of the Meeting of the Anarchist Book in Madrid was held, which was located in the space formerly known as CSO La 13-14, currently renamed as Ateneu Libertario de Vallekas. ---- There are already sixteen editions that managed to maintain continuity of this annual event, and which has positioned itself as a reference point and confluence of the libertarian movement, not only in Madrid but throughout the Spanish State. Varied activities such as historical routes, collective lectures and debates, self-catering meals and supper, publishers, bookstores and distributors showing their materials, radio interviews, correspondence with prisoners ... nourish socio-political dynamics four intense days of meetings between peers and discussion of libertarian thought. The exchange of experiences and communication developed in an environment where one bets to understand reality in an alternative way and from the practice of disobedience.

As a member of the libertarian movement I have been there these days to follow up on the event, and bring this chronicle that can better bring them closer to the content of the activities that have developed in this edition. As a previous point, which I think is relevant and necessary to comment on, is the fact that the Anarchist Book Meeting was held under the position of several collectives and the holding of several last-minute lectures due to the management of past sexist attitudes and aggressions around the assembly of the space where it was celebrated. This collective positioning is a touch of attention to the libertarian movement as a whole that makes us rethink the revision of the spaces in which we deal with these issues, and the need to reflect on attitudes when working with the tools we develop, which we obviate, in the moment of putting our political principles into practice. This preliminary mention is intended only to point out a reality under which the event was developed, and to collaborate with the visibility of a position that had both collective and political consequences.

Historic route past Villaverde in the Spanish Civil War.

On the morning of Thursday, December 6, the journeys were opened with a historic route by the comrades of 'Contrahistoria', an activity that is becoming habitual every year to begin the Meeting of the Anarchist Book. It was not important to get up early on a holiday to be punctually at 10am at the Villaverde Bajo renfe station. More than a hundred people walked for several hours on a route that if well began being urban treading asphalt, continued to explore the paths of the Linear Park.

Between motorways and railways, we find that the marks of the Spanish Civil War were threatened by the inevitable advance of the city in the fighting of November 1936, when the fascist columns attacked Madrid, and the formation of defensive lines around the Manzanares River. We also discovered some archaeological remains, such as an ancient Carthusian settlement, cornered and forgotten on the banks of a city that makes history invisible.

Lectures-debate on current discussion topics.

The cycle of lectures at this Anarchist Book Meeting began on Friday 7 in the early afternoon with an anti-authoritarian view of the nineteenth-century romantic novel from Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein', relating folk legend to the tales of terror and its idealistic potential. This work collects a tradition of scientific experimentation surpassing the repressive limits of the religions, and initiates in addition the romantic imaginary of non-normative creatures in a society that rejects them. That same afternoon the talk developed that probably resulted in one of the most interesting debates of the weekend: the cracks in anarchism, or the failures in the management of the mental health of the companions; a well-documented view since anti-psychiatry and that left us a recommended reading 'We will get out of this',

No sábado pela manhã se apresentaram alguns projetos de economias sociais que põem em marcha práticas libertárias em seu modo de fazer. A economia é um espaço do qual foge habitualmente o movimento libertário, mas é importante fazer florescer meios laborais que estejam impregnados de valores libertários; se recomenda a leitura de ‘Economía anarquista, una visión global' da editora La Neurosis o Las Barricadas. Na hora do café pudemos escutar algumas/os companheiras/os da Grécia que nos trouxeram uma perspectiva sobre a resistência às políticas anti-imigratórias e a militarização das sociedades. Aprendemos, por exemplo, que na Grécia o serviço militar é obrigatório, e se te declaras insubmisso, cada vez que te chamem a filas e não atendas, te põem uma multa de 6 mil euros, que é acumulável indefinidamente quantas vezes queiram requerer tua presença no exército.

On Sunday morning in the middle of the morning we were awakened to the rhythm of the lecture "Applying the anarchy" that described the classic anarchist proposals approaching our social present, generating a self-criticism for our organizations in the debate that happened, to conclude on the need to apply the principles libertarians in small daily breaches. After lunch, we were able to speak with two rural squatting experiences, the people of Fraguas in the northern hills of Guadalajara, who have been squatting since 2013, currently weighing on them a future eviction, scandalous fines and prison sentences for rehabilitate a village forced to be abandoned during the Franco regime. A similar case is that of Sieso de Jaca, in the Aragonese Pyrenees, where twenty-five adults and nine children live in community, at 13 years.

On the other hand, and as has been customary in recent editions, during the development of the Encounter Radio Onda Expansiva, conducted interviews with different collectives, publishers, distributors, bookstores and individuals who participated in this edition. In addition, they will be in charge of recovering the audios of the lectures so that they are available separately in the web dedicated to the radio coverage of the Meeting.

Publishers, distributors and letters to prisoners.

Obviously one of the most interesting points of this Meeting of the Anarchist Book lies in the publishers and distributors that comes from many parts of the Spanish State, and even some international. Then I will mention some of those that caught my attention, with which I was able to speak and comment on the works that were most selling at this Meeting.

I begin with Ediciones Marginales, who fundamentally publish pamphlets or fanzines of primitivist and anti-technological content, recently edited a new text that they are presenting entitled: 'The Revolution in the postmodern society'.

La Neurosis and Las Barricadas published a selection of three branches of publications: fanzines, a general collection of political and social books, and its collection of elementary books, or small compilations of classic texts on anarchism.

The publisher Ediciones Inestables has visited us since Mexico DF leaving us some of his examples on critical thinking, social art, and feminism, mainly a compilation of texts by Yayo Herrero, or some classics by Emma Goldman. Rojava Azadi presented us one more year the collections of books related to Kurdistan and the democratic confederacy that the Rojava community is putting into practice in a social, ecological and women's revolution that is having an important weight in the Middle East.

Libremanuals is a small distributor that brings us computer issues to the anarchist movement, and aims to link free software to the libertarian world. And in relation to this point, also highlighted the presence of the distributor Anarquismo en PDF, a library of the entire libertarian movement on the internet, and also distributed on paper.

Of course, two classic publishers of anarchism, one of them the Anselmo Lorenzo Foundation, and the other Fundación Salvador Seguí could not miss. The interesting books of the memory of anarcho-syndicalism and the libertarian movement in the Spanish state are a good treasure to find the communitarian roots in our territories. To prove who has preceded us in the struggle always offers us an unrenounceable perspective.

The Surrealist Group of Madrid, once again accompanied this Meeting to bring us proposals linked to Situationism and Surrealism as a way to imagine other possible revolutions. Specifically, a recent book entitled 'Thinking, experiencing exteriority', a collective volume that collects the lectures they held at the Traficantes de Sueños bookstore in November 2017, followed closely.

From the neighboring province of Guadalajara, our comrades from Volapük arrived, who rescue us from the themes and authors connected with the current social movements, which are far from official or academic interest. In the same line of finding radical and sincere social criticism, there are editions Pepitas de Calabaza, which since Logroño has been offering us interesting questions of current political debate in the heart of social anarchism.

Against All Nocividad showed us his simple auto editions at free price, just as for example, Sons of Proudhon next to Ediciones Irrecuperables had a selection of books on critical counterpsychology. Finally, the presence of publishers from Euskal Herria, who also had anti-military support for prisoners and prisoners, as well as T-shirts in solidarity with Altsasu. ZAP Ateneo from Gasteiz, DDT Editions from Bilbo and Subetz Banaketak from Iruñea.

In general, the publishers commented that the works most sold or sought in this meeting were those related to feminism, specifically about prostitution, animalism and ecologism. Works of current social movements, as well as the antifascist theme. Also a special mention to books of poetry and critical art, which are always valued enough to make an immersion in the critical culture of freedom.

In addition to the two complete plants where we could find these and more publishers and distributors, there was a space of letters to prisoners both from the Spanish State and from other countries of the world. You could freely take a sheet, pen and envelope to give a few words to some prisoner or prisoner, knowing that it is fundamental that they feel support from outside and from anywhere. After noting the addresses of the address books of dozens of prisoners, they could place the letters in a mailbox of the Meeting, which later takes charge of sending the letters to their recipients.

I hope that this chronicle helps to rethink, empower and spread the libertarian thought, and that future editions of the Anarchist Book Meeting keep the correct answers and work hard on the failures committed, because this is the way of libertarian ideals. See you on the streets.

Source: https://www.regeneracionlibertaria.org/entre-los-anaqueles-de-la-idea-libertaria-cronica-de-la-xvi-edicion-del-encuentro-del-libro-anarquista-de-madrid

Translation> Sol de Abril

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