VBA leesgroep

Lees en bediscussieer je isolatie de deur uit

[English below]

Zit je nu ook lekker knus binnen met niets te doen? Kruipt het politieke bloed toch waar het niet gaan kan? Botvier je lusten, lees en discussieer mee in onze leesgroepen. In de corona-crisis heeft iedereen tijd, daarom gaan we flink wat lezen. Zit er iets bij dat je interesseert? Sluit je aan! Heb je zelf een idee voor een onderwerp, laat het ons weten!

Hoe doe je mee?

Je kunt je per leesgroep/per tekst aanmelden via vrijebondamsterdam (at) riseup (dot) net. Dan krijg je een link naar de meet-up toegestuurd als ie op beginnen staat.

Wat lezen we nu?

TweewekelijkseGentrificatie leesgroep’
Donderdagen van 19:00/21:00

Tijdens deze leesgroep is het thema ‘Gentrificatie’. We continueren de lezing van David Harvey’s Rebel Cities, daarna zijn we op zoek naar andere teksten. Die zullen hier aangekondigd worden. Weet je iets interessants dat in het thema past? Mail het ons!

Eerstvolgende data: 2 april, 16 april.

Je kunt de tekst HIER vinden

Wekelijkse leesgroep over ‘Worshipping Power’
Dinsdagen van 19:00/21:00

Elke week is het tijd om het boek Worshipping Power van Gelderloos te lezen, een tekst over de opkomst van de staat en de rol die het heeft in ons leven. Join de club elke dinsdag! Zie hieronder de oproepen voor een langere uitleg in het Engels over de tekst. We beginnen 31 maart met de introductie en het eerste hoofdstuk.
Eerstvolgende data: 31 maart, 7 april, 14 april, 21 april.

Are you inside you house right now and you miss babbling with your friends about some book or zine that you have read? Do you miss your local reading group? You normally do not have time to read but now find yourself with lots of time during this Corona-crisis? We are continuing our book clubs on the internets!

How can you participate?

All you have to do is send a mail to vrijebondamsterdam (at) riseup (dot) net to get access to the reading groups, tell us what you’d like to join and we will send you a link if the meet-up is about to start.

What are we currently reading?

Every two weeks:Gentrification’ reading group on Thursdays from 19:00/21:00

During this reading we’re discussing the thema of ‘Gentrification’, currently we are reading David Harveys Rebel Cities. After that we’ll be looking at different texts, they’ll be announced here. Have you got anything that matches the theme? Let us know!

Next dates: 2 april, 16 april.

You can find the text HERE.

Weekly reading goup about ‘Worhipping power’
Tuesdays from 19:00/21:00

Every week we’ll read the next segment of Worshipping Power by Peter Gelderloos, a text about the historical rise of the state and the role that it has taken in our lives. Join the club every Tuesday! Under the call-outs you can find a longer explanation on the text. We will start with the introduction and the first chapter on the 31st of March

Next dates: March 31st, 7th April, 14th April, 21st April.

Gelderloos reading group

The state. What is it? Why is it? What are its origins?

We have never hosted an online book club before but we would like to experiment and see where it leads us. We get together online every week to discuss a chapter of this book. We will try to share the responsibilities in facilitating for those who are interested in that.

In this time where the state is using more of its power then it normally is, we thought it would be interesting to examine the state and its origins closer.

You can find a free version of the book HERE.

According to Worshiping Power, we need to stop thinking of the State as a potential vehicle for emancipation. From its origins, the State has never been anything other than a tool to accumulate power. This innovative and partisan study of human social complexity cuts through inadequate theories of early state formation to uncover social practices and institutions that have stifled egalitarian forms of self-organization throughout history. Just as importantly, it shows that the difficulties and consequences of state formation are not relegated to prehistory. Despite a ubiquity that renders them almost invisible today, states are constantly trying to augment their power, and all are closer to the brink of collapse than they would like to let on.

AK Press

Peter Gelderloos is an anarchist writer originally from Virginia. He is the author of How Nonviolence Protects the State, Consensus, and Anarchy Works.’