Tuesday 28 July 2009

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair
September 12th
The Island, Bridewell St, Bristol BS1 2PY
10.30am to 6pm.

The 2009 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair takes place amidst the worst worldwide economic recession, and crisis of capitalism, for 80 years. It is no surprise then that this years bookfair is loosely themed around the ideas of Resistance and Alternatives to Recession. We live in dark and worrying times, but they are also times of hope as people question the viciousness, stupidity, inherent greed and unsustainability of a socio-economic model based on exploitation, profit and control...

The bookfair? A full range of anarchist ideas and practices with over 35 stalls, many workshops & debates, films and a cafĂ©. Extensive selection of books, pamphlets, mags & zines, info, music, badges & merchandise. Short and clear introductions to anarchist theory. Complex debate and anarchist history. Something for everyone – interested newcomer, or longstanding anarchist activist.

This year has shown clearly that the present capitalist system and parliamentary democracy doesn’t work for the vast majority of us. The greed and fraud of big business, the corporations, and the finance system is matched only by the corruption and self-interest of our politicians at all levels. As the recession bites they make us pay for it – unemployment, cuts in wages & services, tax increases, big brother, murderous wars, climate chaos, divisive racism and the like are inevitable whoever wins the next election. The big question is: how long are you prepared to put up with this?

It doesn’t have to be like this, nothing is set in stone, change is always possible. Anarchists are not romantic dreamers nor utopian idealists. We live, work, play and struggle day to day, putting our ideas into practice in the here and now locally and nationally. We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we believe our core beliefs of co-operation, solidarity, direct action, creativity, resistance & mutual aid provide the basis for a new way of living. We are confident in what we have to offer, can you afford not to check it out?

Come and join us to find out more, you only have to step in through the door...