Back in the 19th century visions of a new anarchist society were first articulated, and right before that century ended Peter Kropotkin published 'Fields, Factories and Workshops', a book that was groundbreaking in laying out how an anarchist society could operate.
Fiction holds a certain allure in its capacity to spark our imaginative visions of the sort of lives or worlds we could be living and interacting in if we weren’t quarantined to the reality of our present. How stable is this presumed reality of the present that seems so counterintuitive in contrast to worlds dominated by the anarchist idea—worlds relegated to the imagination? What power or importance does fiction have in fomenting anarchist ideas? Does fiction have to be explicitly anarchist to be in-line with or contributory towards anarchist thought?
The BASTARD (Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research & Development) conference promotes multiple approaches to anarchism. Come and share yours. Come and participate in a commerce-free event with other anarchists to talk about the philosophy and theory of where we've come from, where we are, and where we're going.
Every year we have a loose theme, to allow people who want one a framework to base a workshop on.
From Real Change News - By George Howland, Jr
The troubled history of Washington's 19th century anarchist enclave. In the late 1800's, anarchists created an innovative community on Puget Sound. Two decades later, it was gone.