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Jura May Day party

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Thu, 01/05/2014 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm
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Jura Books 440 Parramatta Road Petersham

Live music, and a commemoration of the anarchist roots of May Day.
Featuring, The Shop Steward, Camilla Hill, Rather Be Dead, and Phil Linrage.

Some summer reading and thinking

Summer holidays called for a little light reading and thinking. I've recently finished my tenth read of Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed. Crazy you might think, but I find it endlessly fascinating for the global craft-work, deep thought, and fine word-smithing that forms the composition of this exceptional book - the best utopian classic of the C20th - maybe of all time. The book contrasts two societies, one on Urras 'Earth' and one on Anarres, its habitable moon. A revolution had occurred on Urras some generations earlier, with a resulting peace treaty that sent the revolutionaries to Anarres to build their anarchist society. The story is of Shevek, an Anarresti who goes to Urras to further develop his theories in Physics, the first Anarresti to 'return' in 200 years. Thus the book is a series of contrasting, alternating chapters, one on anarchist Anarres and then one on authoritarian Urras. Neither world is perfect, even in their own terms, but it is the exploration of these internal complexities and external contrasts that forms the rich loam of ideas that Le Guin explores. These areas range from individualism & collectivism, to sexuality, government & governance, economics & consumerism to ecology and parenting - among many other critically important areas of human activity. Well worth another read in a year or three! I'll still find something new to think about - the things are that make us human, and to explore the struggle to be human.

Now, while also finishing scott crow's Black Flags and Windmills: Anarchy, Hope and the Common Ground Collective (which I reviewed a few weeks ago here), I realised how similar the two books were in so many ways (Black Flags and The Dispossessed). Both have a protagonist searching for meaning in life, truth (but without the capital 'T'), and struggling against the tide. In scott crow's case, it is literally the giant tide caused by the flooding of New Orleans by hurricane Katrina in 2005, as well as against the human tides of racism, sexism, governmental chaos and ineptitude, and exhaustion and struggle in helping thousands of abandoned people. Of course, the fundamental similarity between the two 'stories' is that of the anarchist approach in fighting the authoritarianism of the various States and statist ideas. Both books are fundamentally about building anarchist structures of self-help and community as against greed, exploitation and domination. In many ways, the story of building the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans is so like the struggle to build the anarchist society of Anarres.

Both are immensely inspiring books.

Red and Black Forum: Anarchism, Marxism and economics

Date and Time: 
Sun, 25/10/2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Red and Black Forum: Anarchism, Marxism and economics – a discussion of Ronald Tabor's "The Tyranny of Theory: a Contribution to the Anarchist Critique of Marxism." Presented by Paul Rubner and Sid Parissi.

Anarchists have sometimes accepted Marx's economic analysis, though not Marxist politics. In recent years, especially since the GFC, there has been renewed interest in economic matters, and by some anarchists, in 'Marxist economics'. This has polarised opinion among anarchists as to the validity of Marx's critique of political economy, and its relevance to anarchism. This Forum will be a discussion between Paul Rubner and Sid Parissi of these matters, with reference to Tabor's book.

Reading Tabor’s book is recommended, however not absolutely necessary. You’ll still get a lot out of the discussion if you haven’t read the book. It is available at Jura for $45.

 

 

 

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Provisional Anarchist Federation Australia formed

 

At a meeting on 14th June 2015 at Jura Books, delegates from four anarchist groups agreed to form a provisional Anarchist Federation Australia. The four founding groups were Jura Books, the Melbourne Anarchist Club, the Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group and Perth Libertarians. At the meeting a number of individual observers were also present as well as an observer from Black Rose and Black Flag. The provisional Federation is based on this constitution. However the constitution is still being discussed, and changes may be made at the first Congress of the Federation - tentatively scheduled for December 2015 in Melbourne. As well as being geographically diverse, the groups making up the federation have a range of political differences, but we hope to work together cooperatively to spread anarchist ideas in Australia. Other anarchist groups are welcome to join us.

 

Anarchism in Ireland & the Workers Solidarity Movement

Date and Time: 
Sun, 31/03/2013 - 1:00am to 3:00am
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Jura Books

Anarchism in Ireland & the Workers Solidarity Movement' - Sat 30th March, 2pm-4pm
Continuing Jura's long-running series of talks from international visitors, James and Sean will lead a discussion first giving a bit of historical context, and then and account of what's going on in Ireland today. This is a rare opportunity to meet with and discuss real issues with activists who have a broad and deep knowledge of anarchism in Ireland. Get along!

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Freedom Fundraiser

Date and Time: 
Sun, 17/03/2013 - 1:00am to 4:00am
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Jura Books 440 Parramatta Rd Petersham

Film Screening as fundraiser for freedom bookshop.
'Durruti' and 'The Take': Films about the Past and Present with Lessons for a Revolutionary Future".

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The Wobblies - Talk and Film Afternoon

Date and Time: 
Sun, 11/11/2012 - 1:00am to 4:00am
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Jura Books
440 Paraamatta Rd
Petersham, Sydney

Contact Name: 
Sid
Contact Phone Number: 
Jura Books
Contact Email: 
jura AT jura DOT org DOT au

2-3pm Rowan Day's IWW talk: 'The IWW in Australia'
3-3:30pm A gentle relaxing tea break
3:30-5pm 'The Wobblies' film

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