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Ecology After Capitalism – December Reading Group

Sunday, December 1, 2019, 2 PM – 4 PM @ 115 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA

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Suggested readings: Capitalism, democracy, and the degrowth horizon by Leandro Vergara-Camus, The labor(s) of degrowth by Stefania Barca, and Beyond the limits of nature: a social-ecological view of growth and degrowth by Eleanor Finley

These blog posts attempt to facilitate an emerging dialogue between degrowth and eco-socialism. Two critiques of degrowth from an ecosocialist perspective are as follows:

First, while capitalism is compelled to grow by its internal dynamics, there is no intrinsic ‘law’ that makes capitalism incompatible with a steady or declining economy. Second, and perhaps most significantly, overcoming capitalism is no guarantee that a more sustainable socio-ecological configuration will come about.

Nevertheless, degrowth is worth taking seriously, not only because the movement is fast expanding in academic as well as activist circles but also because the points raised are often valid and can stimulate important reflection, debate and convergence in the anti-capitalist left.

Reading group texts do not necessarily represent Olympia Assembly, we read them for critical engagement and discussion.

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Platformism & Libertarian Communism – September Reading Group

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Suggested Readings: “Platformism – an introduction” and “The Organisational Platform of the Libertarian Communists

“Platformism is a current within libertarian communism putting forward specific suggestions on the nature which anarchist organsation should take.

The origins of the Platform lie in the Russian anarchist movement’s experiences during the Russian Revolution and the resulting civil war. One group of anarchist exiles (Dielo Trouda (“Workers’ Cause”) group) came together in 1926 and published The Organisational Platform of the Libertarian Communists, since known as ‘The Platform’. They wrote the pamphlet to examine why the anarchist movement had failed to build on their successes before and during the revolution.”

Reading group texts do not necessarily represent Olympia Assembly, we read them for critical engagement and discussion.

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History, Civilization and Progress – August Reading Group

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 2 PM – 4 PM @ 115 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA

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Suggested Reading:
History, Civilization, and Progress: Outline for a Criticism of Modern Relativism by Murray Bookchin

This is one of the denser readings we’ve done, so do your best with the reading and feel free to show up and learn even if you don’t get through it!

Reading group texts do not necessarily represent Olympia Assembly, we read them for critical engagement and discussion.

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Social Ecology – July Reading Group

Sunday, July 14, 2019, 2 PM – 4 PM @ Burial Grounds Coffee 211 5th Ave SE, Olympia

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This month we’ll be reading and discussing the Emily McGuire’s Social Ecology pamphlet.

This illustrated pamphlet is a fun an accessible introduction to social ecology: a theory developed by Murray Bookchin as an appeal for social reconstruction along ecological lines.

Join us for a reading a discussion of social ecology –– whether you’ve done the reading or not.

Reading group texts do not necessarily represent Olympia Assembly, we read them for critical engagement and discussion.

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Urban Planning and Capitalism –– June Reading Group

Sunday, June 9, 2019, 2 PM – 4 PM @ Burial Grounds Coffee 211 5th Ave SE, Olympia

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This week we’ll be reading and discussing the essay What is urban planning’s role in the maintenance of capitalism? by Samuel Stein. Also check out this supplemental interview with the author.

In his new book Capital City, Sam Stein describes how one of the tasks of urban planners is to make capitalist development appear to be in the rational best interests of workers and bosses alike. This excerpt explores the coercive role of planners who are part of a system that asks them to sort out who will go where, under what conditions and for whose benefit.

Join us for a reading a discussion of urban planning and it’s role in maintaining capitalism –– whether you’ve done the reading or not.

Reading group texts do not necessarily represent Olympia Assembly, we read them for critical engagement and discussion.

 

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Science-Fiction, Dystopia and Utopia – April Reading group

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2 PM – 4 PM @ 115 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA

This month we’ll be reading and discussing the articles Dystopias Now by Kim Stanley Robinson and The Limits of Utopia by China Miéville.

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Join us for a  discussion of these two short articles by science fiction authors K on dystopias and utopias and how they shape the lens that we interpret the world through and affect our organizing.

Reading group texts do not necessarily represent Olympia Assembly, we read them for critical engagement and discussion.