Effing Greyhound

The Greyhound which should have got me to Bellingham a couple of hours before tonights scheduled meeting was booked out. I'll now be getting there a couple of hours after the meetings advertised time so we've postponed the meeting till tomorrow at the same time.

Smashing the state versus the "state machine"

As part of the work on revising AFAQ, I've spent some time recreating the Marxist theory of the state and comparing it to the anarchist one as well as the version Lenin expounded in "State and Revolution". As noted, I've come to the conclusion that the SPGB (and its sister parties) are right -- Lenin distorted Marx's theory.

Its green in Seattle

Lenin in Seattle Well Florida was green too buts its nice to be somewhere northern where everything is not the muddy brown of winter.

Hal Draper, Numpty!

(I've changed the title from Muppet to Numpty, which is a good Scots word meaning "Someone who (sometimes unwittingly) by speech or action demonstrates a lack of knowledge or misconception of a particular subject or situation to the amusement of others." I've also taken the opportunity of improving the writing somewhat.)

At Arise in Minneapolis

Arise bookshop Last nights meeting at the Arise bookshop in Minneapolis was packed out, I counted over 40 people crammed into the limited space. Minneapolis is the last of the mid-west stops, its on to Seattle and the west coast today.

Mutual Aid -- suggestions please!

I've been asked by Freedom Press to do the introduction to their new edition of Kropotkin's Mutual Aid.

I can cover the political aspects of it well enough, how it fits into communist-anarchism as well as how others have misrepresented it. I was wondering if anyone could suggest some resources on how it has stood the test of time in biology/evolutionary circles?

Many thanks!

At Finding our Roots, Chicago

The river running through downtown Chicago

The Chicago meeting took place Saturday 19th April as part of the 'Finding our roots' conference at the Roosevelt University.  This was the second Finding our Roots conference and was on the topic of  “Anarchist Organizing in the Midwest.”  The trip from Lansing to Chicago was the only one I made south of the border by Amtrak train – or rather partly by bus from Lansing to the nearest active station and then by train.  


Lansing I've been moving along so fast this week that I've fallen behind on blog updates and the updates are short - I may expand some of these later.

Detroit meeting and interview

Ruined factory in DetroitDetroit is a city of legends for the left arising from the level of mass worker militancy there during the 1960's and 1970's.  But it is also a city legendary for its decay in the years since and the anti-social crime that accompanies urban decay.  Some months before I arrived I'd done one of the very first meetings of the tour just a km away across the river in the Canadian city of Windsor and been told all sorts of horror stories by the four people who had crossed the border from Detroit for this meeting.  As I looked across the river the next morning and wondered how two cities so close together could be so different I'd not guessed I'd be in Detroit just a few months later.

At Cleveland C-Space

C spaceI was lucky to get a lift from Kent down to Cleveland for my next engagement. Cleveland is another rust belt city that has seen its population drop in half since the 1950's.  It was so industrial that in 1969 the  Cuyahoga River famously went on fire such was the volume of pollutants in it.  On December 15, 1978 it became the first American city since the great depression to default on its loans and became know as  "the mistake on the lake." Today the economy is still clearly struggling, a fact given away by the hope placed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located there.


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