Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Anarchist Critiques of Democracy

What is democracy, precisely? Will it ever deliver on what it promises? How significant is the difference between state democracy and direct democracy? Is anarchism a kind of direct democracy, or something else entirely? And how do democratic discourse and procedures serve the social movements that adopt them?

Next reading group will be 19 July 2016, 7pm at Old Capitol Books.


The Direct Action Monterey Network “isn’t interested in having long conversations condemning one shitty politician or another during this year’s charade of democracy”, and instead they’re going to join together with other anarchists and radicals to deconstruct the concept of “democracy” itself.

They will be collaborating with CrimethInc., a decentralized anarchist collective, and other anarchist reading groups and cells around the world to have an interactive discussion on the nature of democracy.

This will be part of our Theory and Philosophy Reading Group for the summer 2016 months.



Thursday 26 May 2016, 7pm

“From Democracy to Freedom”
Available online here
Download pdf to print out here

And they’ll be responding to the Ex-Worker Podcast #47, which you can listen to online here.

Thursday 23 June 2016, 7pm


“The Party’s Over”
Available online here

Friday 29 July 2016, 7pm

Lessons from Rojava: Democracy and Commune (Paul Z. Simons)

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