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Interview with Mark Bray, Part 2, Horizontalism and Anarchism

Mark Bray

The second part of our interview and discussion with historian and author Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy on the Occupy movement. The episode begins with an update on our “Grow Our Roots” fundraiser followed by hosts Markie and Pedro discussing listener feedback.

This show introduces our new segment “Forgotten Histories,” which introduces the personal histories of lesser known revolutionary figures. This first segment features Mexican anarchist, feminist, and PLM organizer, Elisa Acuña Rossetti.

In this portion of the interview Mark Bray discusses the differences between horizontalism and anarchism, looking critically at movements transitioning into electoral politics. He also discusses two different approaches of defining anarchism, one based on a historical approach and another based on a myth generated by the anarchist movement itself. 

Related links:

Horizontalism: Anarchism, Power and the State, Blackrosefed.org, 2018.

Mark Bray on Revolutionary Left Radio

Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader, PM Press, 2018.

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Mark Bray, Part I, Antifa and Occupy

The first in a two part interview and discussion with historian and author Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy on the Occupy movement. The interview begins with taking a behind the scene look at the reaction and reception to Bray’s book on anti-fascism from mainstream media and progressive media. Next we move to the Occupy movement discussing Bray’s assessment as both a participant and writer on the Occupy movement as well the narratives that have begun to take hold within the larger left around Occupy’s supposed failures. 

Hosts Markie and Pedro reflect on Bray’s interview giving their own reactions to Occupy and relate this to the challenges of being revolutionary organizers and building a left that relates to everyday working class people.

The second part of the interview with Mark Bray will focus on horizontalism, power and that state as well as defining anarchism.

Be sure to check out the “Grow Our Roots” fundraiser by Black Rose/Rosa Negra which will help send comrades to South America and support From Below Podcast. We are also selling original T-Shirt designs as part of the fundraiser.

Related links:

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Melville 2017.

Translating Anarchy, The Anarchism of Occupy Wall StreetZero Books, 2013.

Five liberal tendencies that plagued Occupy” ROAR Magazine, 2014. 

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Anarchism and Socialism in Puerto Rico

Interview and discussion with historian Jorell Meléndez-Badillo on the history of anarchism and socialism in Puerto Rico covering the early 20th century, the rise of urban and rural workers movement, feminism and figures such as Luisa Capetillo, the rise of the nationalist movement and discussion of contemporary activism since the impact of Hurricane Maria. Hosts Markie and Pedro relate the discussion to themes of historical memory, woman in the Sandinista revolution and more.

Jorell Meléndez-Badillo is a historian and assistant professor at Dartmouth College focusing on the global circulation of radical ideas from the standpoint of working-class intellectual communities in the Caribbean and Latin America. He is the author of “Voces libertarias: Orígenes del anarquismo en Puerto Rico.” (PDF version)


Puerto Rican historian Jorell Meléndez-Badillo

Related links:

Women in the Revolution: The Forgotten History of Las Sandinistas

Interview with Alondra in “Feminism Against Capitalism” episode

Voces Libertarias: The Economic, Political and Social Discourse of Puerto Rican Anarchism, 1900-1917 by Jorell

Luisa Capetillo, a short biography

Juana Colón, two sources referencing her: here and here

Puerto Rican feminist group La Colectiva

A review by Rod Jackman of Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921.

Audio clip taken from: UPR marcha estudiantil Papel Machete y estudiantes frente a la alcadia de San Juan 12 de diciembre de 2010

Our next episode will feature Mark Bray, the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, on anarchism, power, occupy and the state.

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