The core idea of this podcast comes from David Graeber, who wrote that our everyday life is mostly run on anarchism, and at the same time people believe that anarchism doesn’t work. One of these is wrong.
I hope to illuminate how our communities already depend on Mutual Aid, in big and small ways. I'll do that by excavating the historical events and cultural trends you already know about, but have never thought about in terms of anarchism.
Find me at https://www.everydayanarchism.com
Rerun: Anarchism is...Mardi Gras with Meredith King
Happy Mardi Gras! The show should be back publishing new episodes in March. In the meantime, here's a rerun, and a link to a couple of interview I did late last year:
113. The Ranters -- Nigel Smith (English Revolution)
Radicalism in the English Revolution gets to the Ranters, the radical group of protestants who may or may not have practiced free love - but definitely sparked a moral panic!
In this extra-long discussion, Nigel Smith and I discuss the roots of Ranterism, its connections to the Diggers, its legacy for romanticism, and its connection to later American radical movements. Plus we talk about punk rock, especially in connection to Nigel's book: A Collection of Ranter Writings: Spiritual Liberty and Sexual Freedom in the English Revolution
Rerun: Anarchism is...Santa Claus! -- Ruth Kinna
For my very first repeat episode, I'm reposting a conversation with Ruth Kinna about Santa Claus, Kropotkin, and the prefigurative practice of Christmas.
You can read Ruth's article on the topic here: An Anarchist Guide to Christmas
112. The Puritan Christmas Wars -- Diane Purkiss (English Revolution)
Diane Purkiss joins me to discuss the Christmas Wars, in which Puritans attempted to prevent the celebration of Christmas in the 17th century. Christmas was a carnival in which the world was turned upside down - and the Puritans weren't having it. We also discuss the Lord of Misrule, Twelfth Night, and that 21st century lord of misrule: Lord Buckethead!
111. Graeber's Debt: Chapter 4, Cruelty and Redemption
Debt Chapter 4, in which Jesus and Nietzsche show up!
110. Luddism: 19th Century Direct Action against TechnoCapitalism -- Brian Merchant
I'm joined by Brian Merchant to discuss his new book, Blood in the Machine. Brian argues persuasively that the Luddites weren't anti-technology but were actually for a different social order and a different use of technology. More importantly, in Brian's book the factory owners look a lot like today's tech titans and the workers look a lot like, well, today's workers. So come back with us to the early 19th century to find out how it all went wrong!
Compelling and Well Thought Out
Everyday Anarchism is a well done show. I was looking for a podcast on anarchism and stumbled into it and was not disappointed. Great interviews, we’ll researched and actually gives me a lot of hope. Too often we hear anarchists talk doom and gloom. But this show talks hope.
Working my way through the back catalogue and grateful for this auditory way to learn that doesn’t assume knowledge like many books can. Thank you.
Uplifting and Thought Provoking Show
This podcast somehow manages to make me feel that living a life in accordance with my values is possible. And this is a gift. The show exhibits the cultural tension between ‘anarchism’ and ‘the anarchist.' The move to and tug of identity. I do not know if this is deliberate part of the show but it comes up with many of the guests on the podcast. The idea of anarchy (as explained on the show) is often loaded with connotations of “out of control violence.” I appreciate all the efforts to rework the public opinion of anarchy. There are times when Graham will refer to his guests as anarchists without their permission and before the guests have conceded to identifying themselves this way. I think that is a questionable maneuver. I do not think it is a persuasive one. I wonder what you will think of it. Is it helpful? I really enjoy this podcast! I look forward to the next one each week.