Toronto Anarchist Bookfair: If you have to reserve a table, how can you be an anarchist?

The 2015 Toronto Anarchist Bookfair: July 18 – 19

Whether you’re new and curious about anarchism, or you have been an anarchist for decades, come join us for a jam-packed weekend of books and zines, workshops and discussions, good food, good friends, and more. On Friday July 17, the night before the bookfair, we’ll meet up for games night in the park. July 18-19, the sixth annual Toronto Anarchist Bookfair takes place at the Steelworkers’ Hall at 25 Cecil Street just south of the University of Toronto main campus.

All anti-authoritarians are urged to get involved to make this year’s Bookfair a success. We need to hear from you about:

TABLES – if you are an anti-authoritarian publisher, a zine creator or distributer, an artist, an activist group, a community organization, an infoshop, a distributer or none of the above who has something to share, get in touch. Let us know if you want to reserve a table at the Bookfair for one day or both. You will be able to store your books and materials overnight in the locked Steelworkers Hall if you’d like.

WORKSHOPS – if you have an idea for a workshop or conversation that you would like to facilitate, please email us a title and a short description. We will accept as many as we can fit. Workshops are 90-minutes long. Our goal is to have one stream of “introductory” workshops and one stream of “in-depth” workshops running simultaneously. Please let us know which stream you think your workshop would fit better in.

The deadline for workshop proposals is Sunday, June 15…

In Solidarity,

The Toronto Anarchist Bookfair Collective
Email: toanarchistbookfair@gmail.com
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  • Anne R Key

    Seize the day! Seize a table! Down with rules!

    • Frau Katze

      Yep, they even have deadlines. Sounds like any other Western organization. Very Eurocentric.

    • Frau Katze

      BTW, clever name.

      • Observer

        These are not real anarchists they are all commies using the cover of anarchism at these Canadian bookfares.

        • Sir Roderick Spode

          Back in the 70s when I was a young radical it was Anarcho / Communism. A red and black flag. The idea was that the Anarcho bit was a refutation of Stalinism. The Australian Aboriginal Left wing activists put a little orange circle in the middle and called it a landscape.

          • just a thought

            “a refutation of Stalinism.”

            Yes, and Naziism was also a “refutation of Stalinism,” while remaining socialism to the core.

  • just a thought

    How many are aware that a significant number of Anarchists self-identify as “Libertarians?”
    http://dallas.libertarianleft.org/

    Here’s a website listing the author’s choice of top 100 “libertarian” blogs,
    http://www.humblelibertarian.com/2009/03/top-100-libertarian-blogs-and-websites.html
    among which he includes such winners as…
    http://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/
    http://dailyanarchist.com/
    http://popularliberty.com/
    http://antiwar.com/

    I’m not writing to slander “Libertarians.” But it made me see that “Libertarian” is a very broad category, and so it is no longer clear to me what one actually is, i.e., what he/she specifically stands for.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      You mean like Bill Maher?

      • just a thought

        If he’s a “Libertarian,” then for sure. (I don’t pay any more attention to him then is forced on me by the occasional headline, despite his being right about islame.)

    • FactsWillOut

      Yes, you made a deliberate effort to smear libertarians.

      • just a thought

        No, I made a deliberate effort to show they are not as monolithic, or benign, as I (and probably many others) may have thought.

        Let me guess, you are perchance a self-identified “Libertarian?” /:=(

        • FactsWillOut

          Free-market anarchist.
          Well, let’s see all of your links showing how great freedom is.

          • just a thought

            My definition of freedom? Well, for one, not feeling obligated to answer stupid questions.

            As to your Anarcho-Capitalism (~Free-Market Anarchism)
            http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Anarcho+Capitalism%2FFree+Market+Anarchism
            It’s defined by them as…

            … an umbrella term for a number of ideologies which believe that there should be no government, and a free market economic system, as opposed to anarcho socialism, anarcho communism, and anarcho syndicalism which focus on shifting ownership of property, companies etc. to the masses. Anarcho socialist
            types believe “Property is theft” while anarcho capitalists believe “property is freedom”. Anarcho capitalists believe that a free market isthe only truly anarchist economic system. The concept was popularized by Murray Rothbard of the Austrian School of Economics

            In other words, it’s a puerile fantasy lacking any cohesion, predicated on human nature being totally other than what it actually is.

            So, how do you propose to get rid of government, and then have no recourse when someone violates your honor system. How will you defend against foreign powers who don’t share your Yellow Submarine utopian view?

            BTW, those were rhetorical questions. Besides, if you had answers for them, you wouldn’t be any kind of anarchist to begin with.

          • FactsWillOut

            Perhaps you should learn to read. Ie my other posts.

            The USA was an attempt, but they made a mistake.

            If it’s in the Yellow pages, the government should not provide it.

            Also, all those who think otherwise are a form of slaver, and that’s easy to prove.

            ex·tor·tion

            ikˈstôrSH(ə)n/

            noun

            the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.

            http://daviddfriedman.com/The_Machinery_of_Freedom_.pdf

            Also, I never asked for your definition of freedom.

            free·dom
            ˈfrēdəm/Submit
            noun
            the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
            “we do have some freedom of choice”
            absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.
            “he was a champion of Irish freedom”
            synonyms: independence, self-government, self-determination, self-rule, home rule, sovereignty, nonalignment, autonomy; democracy
            “revolution was the only path to freedom”
            the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
            “the shark thrashed its way to freedom”
            synonyms: liberty, liberation, release, deliverance, delivery, discharge; More

          • just a thought

            There was a time when Anarchists thought threats, intimidation and even violence were perfectly justifiable means of attaining what they wanted.
            http://listverse.com/2014/05/04/10-acts-of-anarchist-terrorism-that-shocked-the-world/

          • FactsWillOut

            There was a time when they burned women at the stake as witches.
            So what?

            Anarchist only has a capital a at the beginning of a sentence.
            Nice try, objectify the target with your desired definition, Stalin and Goebbels would be proud.

          • just a thought

            You’re the one redefining anarchy to mean something it is not, and THAT is the method of Stalin and Goebbels.

          • FactsWillOut

            BS.

            Anarchy is simply the lack of government.

            Shit or get off the pot. Admit you support thuggery, or not.

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            I liked the portrayal of that in J Edgar.

          • just a thought

            A movie about him? I didn’t see it, but will look for it.

            Got stuff to do. Later.

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            Likewise. It is a good flick.

          • FactsWillOut

            Look, a love-in for prohibition.

          • FactsWillOut

            You have just made my case that you have just attempted to smear libertarians.

          • just a thought

            Only if they are ALL anarchists, but I hadn’t gotten that far yet, and am still not sure. But, now that I think of it, if they refuse to dissociate themselves from anarchists, as fellow travelers…

            http://www.theweek.co.uk/europe/euro-debt-crisis/47196/anarchy-eu-black-flag-flutters-europe-protests

            …then it is they who are smearing themselves. I’m just reporting the facts.

          • FactsWillOut

            LOL.

            Facts as opinion peices and smears from the MSM.

            Face it, you support extortionists, racketeers and fraudsters, ie thugs.

          • just a thought

            Facts as reported by self identified Anarchists, who are accepted by other Anarchists as such…
            “From their first manifestations Anarchists have [been] nearly unanimous as to the necessity of recourse to physical force in order to transform existing society;…”
            http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/errico-malatesta-anarchy-and-violence

            I’m not the one advocating violence and chaos,…
            [the definition of anarchy – http://www.thefreedictionary.com/anarchy ]
            …as a “solution” to the world’s violence and corruption.

            Your fellow travelers are…
            http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/13/00/22/2884794/6/628×471.jpg
            …and by association so are you, and apparently many Libertarians.

            The facts I refer to are clear enough to anyone with eyes to see, and a brain to think.

          • FactsWillOut

            I guess the NAP is foreign to you, you liar.

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            Not only that but I have seen these folk blustering on about “Tax is theft” and “Dole bludgers dont want to work ” etc. Just watch them change thier tune when they are injured or out of work. The one’s I like even better are the righteous criminal haters “jail is like a holiday resort” when they find themselves in jail.

          • FactsWillOut

            And that has exactly nothing to do with a system of economics, as a matter of fact, it exists so far in only the stifled markets we have today.

            “Dole” is a state thing. Redistribution of stolen goods.
            State jails lose money.

        • Clink9

          I am a Vulgarian, on my father’s side.

          • just a thought

            Well, I’ll be. I knew someone who had a room mate who’s great aunt was sure she had seen one at the Chicago World’s Fair. Small world, isn’t it? 😉

          • Clink9

            My mother was half libertarian but I self identify as a contrarian.

  • just a thought

    California, 2013, Anarchist book fair ad
    http://www.humboldtgrassroots.com/?tag=anarchy

    My guess, from what I’ve seen about them so far, is that they can’t make up their minds if they want to be conservative or liberal, sort of political trannies, if you will.

    Or, maybe just societal mold?
    http://radicalmycology.com/

  • Uncle_Waspy

    Are people expected to pay for the books at the anarchist’s book fair?

    Sounds as silly as the empty banquet room of the Agoraphobics Convention.

    • FactsWillOut

      In a real anarchy, you pay for everything, roads, schools, etc.

      • FactsWillOut

        What you don’t pay for is bureaucrats or storm-troopers.

      • Sir Roderick Spode

        The USA republic owes much to anarchism. The idea was they wanted the state to be subservient to the people and to set up a constitution to limit the power of the state.

        • FactsWillOut

          As soon as a select group with the power to tax (read take your money, at gunpoint) and pass laws (read tell you what you can or cannot do, also at gunpoint) is set up, you have a de-facto oligarchy, regardless of how small the group is or what limitations you attempt to put upon them.

          Power, like wealth, belongs in the free market.
          Power, unlike wealth, is a zero-sum game.

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            The Russian philosophers that took this view in the context of a highly stratified feudal society where the state was wasting the resources of the peasantry by using them to fight imperialist wars against peasants in neighbouring states. At the same time the state wasn’t that interested in keeping domestic order so there was still the risk of lawless tribal appropriation of wealth from minorities. i.e. It sucked.

          • FactsWillOut

            Iceland 900-1200 AD.
            Pre 1600 AD Ireland.

            Either you support men pointing guns at those who have harmed no-one, or you don’t. Which is it?

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            I am not sure I understand your question? Are you talking about arming the citizenry in the hopes they will treat each other with respect?

          • FactsWillOut

            Do you support men pointing guns at those who have harmed no-one?

            It’s a yes/no thing.

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            I still dont understand the question but I will take a punt and say yes.

          • FactsWillOut

            OK. You support armed robbery, etc. Very good.

          • Sir Roderick Spode

            Oh I get it. You are arguing “Tax is theft”. And here I was taking you seriously.

          • FactsWillOut

            Tax is extortion.

            ex·tor·tion
            ikˈstôrSH(ə)n/
            noun
            the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.

            I can see that you don’t really know what words mean, so talking to you is a waste of time, as it is with most folk who choose what they want words to mean.

          • FactsWillOut

            What exactly do you not understand about a question like :”Do you support men pointing guns at those who have harmed no-one?”

    • Rosenmops

      You will be able to store your books and materials overnight in the locked Steelworkers Hall if you’d like.

      That seems rather dictatorial.

      • FactsWillOut

        Offering a service is dictatorial?

      • Uncle_Waspy

        Why, it’s outright totalitarian!

  • Clink9

    For my little part, I will be smoking through the hall Mad Max style.

    There is no “try” in anarchy.

  • FactsWillOut

    WTF is it with you, toots?
    Anarchists just say “Don’t initiate force against another”…The key word is “initiate”.

    Either you support men pointing guns at those who have harmed no-one, or you don’t. Which is it?

  • Sir Roderick Spode

    Anarchism is poorly understood and worth reading up on. Bakunin and Kropotkin are it’s typical proponents. Prior to WWI there were many bombings arising from their militancy.

    • FactsWillOut
    • just a thought

      Ancient Jewish saying…
      “pray for the welfare of the government. If it were not for the fear of the government, each man would eat his neighbor alive!”
      In other words, there would be anarchy, the synonyms of which are…:

      lawlessness, nihilism, mobocracy, revolution, insurrection, disorder, chaos, mayhem, tumult, turmoil

      You would think if they want to be associated with such social degradation, they might have put a bit more thought into selecting a better name for their club.

  • FactsWillOut

    Bottom line:
    Either you support not pointing guns at folk who have harmed no-one (libertarian), or you support extortionists, racketeers and fraudsters, ie thugs.

    Shit or get off the pot. Admit you support thuggery, or not.

    • Frau Katze

      Calm down. It’s a jokey sort of post…only semi-serious,

      • just a thought

        Concrete thinkers have only a rudimentary sense of humor, if any at all.