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Anarchy, Freedom, Constitutionalism - Red and Black Forum with Dr Alex Prichard

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

 

How do you know when you're free? Anarchists have usually said you're free to the extent that you're not dominated. But what secures this non-dominated state? Do we need to be empowered, or is something else needed?

Alex Prichard (from Exeter University in the UK) will introduce his current research project, conducted with Ruth Kinna, on this subject. What they argue is that anarchists need to think more clearly about constitutional politics, that is rules, regulations, institutions and the divisions of powers. These are taboo subjects at the moment across large parts of the movement, but routinely adopted in general assemblies, camp rules, plural decision making arrangements and so on. They argue that the 19th century republican tradition (rather than Trump and the GOP!), and the classical anarchists that developed it, give us plenty to think about that can help here.

Come along and get involved in the discussion!

For more information on Alex, check out his bio's: https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/politics/staff/prichard/ and https://exeter.academia.edu/AlexPrichard

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/967067990037613/

Murder in Tottenham: Australia's first political assassination – book launch and discussion with the author

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
In 1916, as World War 1 raged and Australia debated conscription, tensions that had been boiling beneath the surface exploded with the shooting death of a police officer in western NSW. In less than three months two members of the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies, were hanged in the most politicised and polarising example of capital punishment since Ned Kelly. Murder in Tottenham: Australia's first political assassination is a new book which examines these deaths and what drove bush workers to fly the IWW's flag of industrial revolution.
 
At this special free event, the author, Rowan Day will launch and discuss his book – 2pm, 21 February at Jura.
 

Red and Black Forum: Anarchism, Marxism and economics

Sunday, October 25, 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.

 

 

 

Red and Black Forum: Anarchism and postcolonialism: Insights from the Philippine 'anarchipelago'

Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Frantz Fanon predicted that if national liberation movements win independence but go no further than assuming the reins of the nation-state – an apparatus of rule inherited from Europe – then the resulting regimes will be no less despotic than the departed colonial masters. Before Fanon, too, there was the irrepressible Russian anarchist, Mikhail Bakunin, who argued, contra Karl Marx, that a post-revolutionary society that failed to do away with the state would only perpetuate tyrannies that Marx and his followers claimed to oppose. The twentieth century proved both Bakunin and Fanon right, thereby prompting new explorations into what revolution without the state might mean.

This talk will offer a glimpse into one such exploration in the Philippines – a unique case, though very much in line with anarchistic resurgences everywhere – while also highlighting the complementarities between anarchist and postcolonialist perspectives. 

The talk will be given by Marco, an anarchist from Perth who has spent quite a bit of time with anarchists in Manila.

Followed by discussion. All welcome. Free.

https://www.facebook.com/events/898096243571238/

 

 

GAEA: Straight Edge Vegan Hip Hop from Portugal

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Bravely & passionately bringing straight edge, vegan, rebellious, powerful, in your face hip hop to the people GAEA is definitely an act not to miss. As part of his Mini Tour Australia he will be bringing his music but also his zines, knowledge and MORE to JURABOOKS, this will be a nice, intimate session with yummy vegan treats (by The Veganator- Karo Tak Head Chef from Lentil as Anything, Sydney), PLUS a talk with Q&A beforehand and cool merchandise for sale, like cool hoodies, t-shirts, hotpants, beanies, patches, stickers, you name it.....

Talk: 7:30pm-8pm.

Jura Collective meeting

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

The Jura Collective is having it's next meeting at 12pm on Saturday 31st May in the bookshop.

All are welcome!!

Please email us at jura (at) jura.org.au before then with the details of any event you'd like to hold in our space during June/July.

Jura working bee

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm

The final (hopefully!!) in a series of working bees to fix the damaged floor of our upstairs room, remove a wall to make the room larger, and change our cinema setup. All welcome to come and help out!

Red & Black Forum: Future Perspectives for Sydney Anarchism - Open Discussion

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Red & Black Forum, April 2014

Future Perspectives for Sydney Anarchism: An Open Discussion

​2pm, Sunday 27 April at Jura.

The success of the bookfair demonstrated how great an interest in anarchism there is among many people in this city. As a follow-up to the bookfair, Red & Black Forum is holding an open discussion​ at Jura for people to contribute their views and discuss ways forward for future anarchist action and activities.​

 

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