The Sparrows’ Nest is an anarchist library and archive in Nottingham, UK, which celebrates it’s tenth anniversary this year. Jim Donaghey met with one of the Sparrows to talk about the space, its role in the local community, and the importance of documenting and sharing the history of anarchist movements.(Audio stream with transcript).
Ron Scapp, ‘Notes on an Anarchist Pedagogy’, 21st May 2018
Ron Scapp’s polemic forwards the commitment to ‘education as the practice of freedom’. In the age of Trump, even those doing ‘critical pedagogy’ might want to consider what they are doing and how they are doing it, in and out of the classroom. Scapp’s modest exploration considers an ‘anarchist pedagogy’ as a means to push back against rigidity, and to liberate educators and students from the impact of neoliberal reforms.
The House of the Black Gecko started life fourteen years ago in São Paulo, Brazil. An activist from ABC Ativismo provides a brief profile of the space, its history, and the wide range of activities it currently houses. Long live the House of the Black Gecko!
The recent strikes at UK universities have witnessed an outpuring of anger on the picket lines, and foremost among the complaints has been the rampant casualisation of the workforce. Steven Parfitt reflects on the recent strikes, and looks back to the historical examples of the IWW and The Order of the Knights of Labor in the US to learn from their examples of organising precarious workers, and looks ahead to how the University and College Union (and others) might best combat casualisation.
Nathan Jun, ‘In Memory of Harold Barclay’, 26th March 2018
Harold Barclay, highly renowned anarchist anthropologist, passed away peacefully a few months ago. In this article, Nathan Jun pays tribute to Harold’s influence on anarchist studies, and the article also includes an obituary written by Jane Barclay, Harold’s wife.
Brian Martin, ‘Anarchism and Gut Reactions’, 27th February 2018
Jonathan’s Haidt’s The Righteous Mind argues that ‘gut reactions’ affect our thinking and our political outlook. Brian Martin looks at Haidt’s six ‘moral foundations’ through an anarchist lens, to ask how gut reactions shape anarchist thinking, and the implications this might have for anarchist political philosophy.
Anarchist geographer Simon Springer argues that calls for ‘Left unity’ are symptomatic of the waning influence of Marxism, whose proponents are desperately clamouring for relevance by appealing to anarchists. Springer discusses his public debate (or lack thereof) with Marxist-Geographer-in-Chief David Harvey, and concludes that, at the bottom of it all, Harvey is afraid of anarchists.
In an in-depth insider account, Manuel Lozano dissects the roots and reverberations of Catalan secession. ‘Independence’, he argues, is an orchestrated ‘crisis’, a convenient smokescreen for factionalised elites (both Catalan and Castilian) who are seeking to sideline the systemic challenge presented by the 15-M movement.