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(en) US, The schedule for the Bay Area Anarchist Conference on Anarchist Economics

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(http://sfbay-anarchists.org/)
Date Sat, 29 Mar 2003 15:57:03 +0100 (CET)

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The schedule for the Bay Area Anarchist Conference on Anarchist Economics has been finalized.

The final schedule can be found by clicking "Read More".

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Time, Title and Presenter first. Longer introductions later.

Shulamith Smith
AnarchaFeminism: Defining an Agenda/Organizing for change

Tom Wetzel
Participatory Economics: A Discussion and Debate

Gary Rumor
The Day after the Revolution

Jon Bekken
The History of Anarchist Economic Thinking

Intro to Classic Capitalist Economics

Red Hughs
The Dollar and the Whole Damn System

Joe Peacott
The Economics of Individualism

Bolo Bolo and the End of Economics

Jim Burr
The History of Local Currency Movements: An Introduction

Wolfi Landstreicher
The Underground Anti-Economy

John Burnett
The Economics of Actually Existing Anarchism

Bruce Sherrod
Game Theory and Economic Behavior

Panel Discussion on Anarchist Economics
Jon Bekken, Tom Wetzel, Jim Burr, Red Hughs

Panel Discussion on the Role of the Left in Anarchism
Rot'n, Jason McQuinn, Ryan Gekked, Carwil James

Bolo Bolo and the end of Economics

Bolo Bolo and the end of Economics
Bolo Bolo is unusual in anarchist propaganda in that
it actually advocates for something, something quite
specific. Bolo Bolo begins with an economic model,
or better stated the logistics of sustaining human life
are stated as intrinsic to the quality and possibilities
of what living could look like. The assumption of
modern economics is scarcity. Bolo Bolo's begins
with a vision of community self sufficiency. Is it
possible to envision a world as fractured as one
where tens of thousands of different solutions exist
to such basic questions as food, shelter, and

The Day After the Revolution
Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman as early as
1921 wanted to develop a theory of anarchist
methods of preserving the revolution and developing
anarchist economics, but never did, nor did any of
the Russian Anarchist except those around the
Platform which is being revived at this time. As a
consequence the Spanish comrades recieved little
organized support from the Anarchist exile
community during the Revolution in Spain.
Comrades squabbled over the correctness of the
CNT-FAI line on collaboration with the Republican
Government. The struggle was weakened and now
the general opinion seems to be that Anarchists
should not have collaborated. How realistic is this?
What are realistic scenarios in the current world?
Can we afford to be realistic?

The Dollar and the Whole Damn System
Presentation and discussion on connections between
the Iraq invasion, the US dollar, oil capitalism,
speculative capitalism, neoliberalism, and the whole
damn system.

Participatory Economics: A Discussion and Debate
Since this year's conference is on anarchist
economics, and since participatory economics is an
anarchist economic vision, I would be willing to do a
presentation, followed by discussion/debate, or
something like that, on participatory economics.
Points I would include:
(1) what is class? does capitalism have two main
classes (capital and labor) as Marx proposed, or
three main classes (capitalists, techno-managerial
class, working class) as participatory economics
(2) what are the necessary conditions for the
elimination of class oppression?
(3) what are the implications of participatory
economics for action/organization/movements today?

The History of Anarchist Economic Thinking
I have done work on the history of anarchist
economic thinking, and have also presented on
attempts to put these ideas into practice in Spain
and elsewhere. In addition, I have done critical looks
at worker ownership schemes, various efforts to
"cooperate" our way out of capitalism, and the
Albert/Hahnel "participatory economics" scheme
which would seem to have very little in common
with anarchist principles, but has been embraced by
many who at least at one time considered
themselves to be anarchists. As I noted, we in ASR
(Anarcho-Syndacalist Review) consider the question
of economics to be a critical one, which has received
far too little attention.

The Economics of Individualism
For much of the nineteenth century, individualists
made up the bulk of the anarchist movement in the
united states. During this time writers such as
Josiah Warren, William B Greene, Stephen
PearlAndrews and Benjamin Tucker laid out the
theoretical arguments for a stateless society and
economy based on private property, use and
occupancy land tenure, and mutualist credit
organizations, while a number of intentional
communities were started by the individualists to
show how such principles would work in practice.
While this tendency within the american movement
died out with the demise of Tucker's journal Liberty
in 1908, it experienced a rebirth in the 1970s.
Despite the fact that individualism remains a
minority school of thought among modern anarchists,
individualist ideas about property, land, money, and
voluntary exchange need to be seriously considered
by any anarchists hoping to build a serious
libertarian movement, especially in this country.

AnarchaFeminism: Defining an Agenda/Organizing
for change
Although Voltairine DeCleyre and Emma Goldman
were passionate feminists, feminist criticism,
analysis, and organizing is in remission in
contemporary anarchist theoretical and activist
milieus. This presentation will discuss mainstream
and marginal feminist strategies of the past 30 years,
why and how these feminist gains have stopped and
in some cases been eroded. Types of reforms and
criticisms of contemporary culture will be explained,
pointing out their relevance or irrelevance to
Anarchist theory. The discussion portion will ask the
participants for ideas and suggested criterion in
defining an AnarchaFeminist agenda. We will also
share thoughts and experiences about whether it is
better to agitate for social change that personally
empowers women in an
anarchist/anti-authoritarian milieu or in the
mainstream culture.

The Underground Anti-Economy
Among the working class, exploited and dispossessed
methods are developed for dealing with desires and
needs outside of the authorized networks for doing
so. While some of these methods form an
underground economy, others express a rejection of
economic relationships, forming an underground
anti-economic network. Theft from work, giving away
free goods, sharing essentials without keeping tabs,
the formation of informal networks for the free flow
of goods - all express a practical tendency for a
non-institutionalized, non-authoritarian
"communism". These sorts of activities are a place
where an anarchist revolutionary awareness could be
useful. My idea for the workshop is to give a brief
theoretical analysis of this reality and then open
things up for discussion.

Game Theory and Economic Behavior
This workshop will discuss the branch of economic
theory known as game theory, and its implications
for anarchists. In particular, we will focus on the
Prisoner's Dilemma, and show how this model can be
used to determine under what conditions
cooperation can arise between independent agents,
each maximizing their own personal gain, without
the need for a central authority to enforce
cooperation. If there is time, I will show how this
refutes the need for government as put forth by
Hobbes and Hume. By way of introduction, we will
play the Prisoner's Dilemma game. We will then
briefly discuss the mathematics behind the
Prisoners Dilemma, and derive conclusions for how
to cooperate without authority.

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