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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]
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
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
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
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
Translation> Sol de Abril
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