Ben Franks talk – Between Anarchism and Marxism: the beginnings and ends of the schism

Ben Franks, Anarchist academic and author of “Rebel Alliances” about anarchism in UK is leading a discussion tomorrow evening about Anarchism and Marxism. Details below. We (Glasgow AFed) are very happy to be co sponsoring this talk with Strickland distribution, Clydeside IWW and the radical independent book fair. We’ll all be hanging around after the discussion ends for an informal BYOB social which you are welcome to join us for. Yayy radicals in Glasgow organising an event and then socialising together 🙂

Fri 10/05
1830 sharp
Kinning Park Complex, 40 Cornwall St, G41 1AQ.

Benjamin Franks will introduce his recent work, ‘Between Anarchism and Marxism: The beginnings and ends of the schism? (2012), which will be followed
by group discussion of the questions posed.

“The standard approach, endorsed by orthodox Marxists and many anarchists, is
to see an irreconcilable difference between anarchism and Marxism. However,
the historical record shows that whilst Marx opposed – and was opposed by –
leading anarchists prior to 1917 there was considerable positive interaction
between diverse Marxist and anarchist groups. The division between the two,
viewed as fundamental, I argue, is in fact the product of a particular form of
political structure that dominated the revolutionary-left in the last century.
Now that these hierarchical forms of organisation have been discredited,
rediscovered and revised forms of Marxism have arisen that, once again,
actively engage with anarchism.”

Hosted by The Strickland Distribution, with the support of Glasgow Anarchist
Federation, Radical Independent Bookfair, Clydeside IWW. All welcome!
(Refreshments available. BYOB.)


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