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Anarchist Interventions #4: Imperiled Life by Javier Sethness-Castro, Now Available!

This title is available from AK Press! Order now!

Imperiled Life theorizes an exit from the potentially terminal consequences of capital-induced climate change. It is a collection of reflections on the phenomenon of catastrophe—climatological, political, social—as well as on the possibilities of overcoming disaster.

The fourth title in our Anarchist Intervention Series, co-published with AK Press! With a Foreword by IAS board member and member of the editorial collective of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory Paul Messersmith-Glavin.

Javier Sethness-Castro presents the grim news from contemporary climatologists while providing a reconstructive vision inspired by anarchist intellectual traditions and promoting critical thought as a means of changing our historical trajectory.

Praise for Imperiled Life:

“Imperiled Life is an angry and urgent dissection of the omnivorous economic system that is mercilessly turning the planet into a death camp.”—Jeffrey St. Clair, author Born Under a Bad Sky

About the author:

Javier Sethness-Castro is a libertarian socialist and an animal rights advocate. Imperiled Life is his first book.



* Announcing the 2012 Winter Grantees

* Perspectives on Anarchist Theory

* Anarchist Interventions #4: Imperiled Life: Revolution against Climate Catastrophe

* Presenting the Lexicon Pamphlet Series
* Upcoming Events
* Help Fund Future IAS Grants!


We'd like to congratulate Michael Byrne, Pratyush Chandra, Claudia Villegas Delgado, China Martens, Will Munger, and Theresa Warburton on their IAS grant awards! Our next grant application deadline is September 1, 2012 (for details, see Here's a glimpse of the six projects that we just funded:

Lexicon Pamphlet Series now available for download!

The Lexicon pamphlet series, a new project of the Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS), aims to convert words into politically useful tools—for those already engaged in a politics from below as well as the newly approaching—by offering definitional understandings of commonly used keywords. Each Lexicon is a two-color pamphlet featuring one keyword or phrase, defined in about 2,000 words of text, and all pamphlets are available for free from the IAS, or can be downloaded here for printing and sharing. The first five pamphlets, designed by Josh MacPhee of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative and printed by P&L Printing in Denver, are: "Power" by Todd May, "Colonialism" by Maia Ramnath, "Gender" by Jamie Heckert. "Anarchism" by Cindy Milstein, and "White Supremacy" by Joel Olson. Stay tuned for more titles in this growing series.

You can download any of the first five pamplets from AK Press now!

Announcing the Institute for Anarchist Studies' Track at Left Forum

Occupying from Below: Resist, Reflect, Re-create
March 17-18, 2012 at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York

Occupying from Below: Resist, Reflect, Re-create, a six-part track at Left Forum 2012, is curated by the Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS), a collectively run project dedicated to promoting critical, independent scholarship exploring social domination and reconstructive visions of a free society. The track aims to create a participatory space and encourage theoretical conversations as political practice--where thought and strategy are inextricably bound in dialogue with movement concerns and experiences, through an antiauthoritarian lens, so as to better reflect and act on the possibilities as well as messiness of social transformation made palpable by occupy.

The six sessions, in no particular order (pending times and location during Left Forum):

Occupy Anarchism: Cindy Milstein Speaking Tour

As the “do-it-ourselves” uprisings and occupations that have swept across the globe from Egypt to United States are proving, self-organization is not only effective in the process of resistance but also the basis for new communities--and potentially, a wholly new world. The ethical practices that anarchists advocate are becoming powerful everyday experiences, with people self-managing everything from civic defense and trash collection to tent encampments and general assemblies. Indeed, the contours of the "occupy everything" movement could be viewed, in large part, as anarchism in action. Anarchism has always held up the ideal of a free society of free individuals–a world without hierarchy or domination. But in relation to both form and content, what exactly does this look like? Cindy’s talk, based on her book Anarchism and Its Aspirations (AK Press, 2010), will provide an accessible overview of an often-misunderstood political philosophy and living tradition, highlighting its principles, reconstructive vision, and prefigurative praxis.

Cindy is an Institute for Anarchist Studies board member, a co-organizer of the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference, and an active participant in Occupy Philly. She has long been involved in community organizing and anarchist collectives/projects, including the New World from Below convergence at the U.S. Social Forum, the “Hope from People not Presidents” and “Don’t Just (Not) Vote” efforts, Black Sheep Books collective in Vermont, and the anarchist summer school known as the Institute for Social Ecology. Currently, she’s also collaborating on another book, Paths toward Utopia: Explorations in Everyday Anarchism, with Erik Ruin (PM Press, 2012).

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Cindy Milstein interviewed on Against the Grain

Against the Grain recently ran a podcast exploring Anarchism in relation to the Occupy protests. Check it out here.

Anarchist principles inform much of what is happening at Occupy Wall Street and beyond. So what does anarchism, a rich tradition of political thought, mean? Martha Ackelsberg, Cindy Milstein, Tomas Moniz and Roger White discuss anarchist ideas and dynamics. Milstein also describes "anarchism in action" at Occupy Philly.

Oppose and Propose! Andy Cornell Book tour!

Andy Cornell, author of Oppose and Propose! Lessons from Movement for a New Society, the second book in the IAS's Anarchist Interventions series has embarked on a book tour to lead discussions on the book. Check out the dates below!


Movement for a New Society, a radical pacifist organization active in the 1970s and 1980s, pioneered forms of consensus decision-making, communal living, direct action, and self-education now central to antiauthoritarian movements.

Yet members found their commitments to “live the revolution now” often alienated potential allies and distracted them from confronting their opponents, while their distrust of leadership and commitment to cumbersome group processes made it difficult to keep their analysis and strategy cutting-edge.

In this talk, followed by a discussion, Andrew Cornell will place Movement for a New Society in the broader history of U.S. anarchism and post-1960s radicalism, while offering an assessment of the strategies and conceptual tools it left to current movements.

Andrew Cornell is an educator, writer, and organizer living in Brooklyn, New York. His writing has appeared in periodicals such as Left Turn, LiP, and Perspectives on Anarchist Theory.

Institute for Anarchist Studies Spring 2011 Newsletter 

Spring 2011 Newsletter

Institute for Anarchist Studies

Announcing Our Grant Awards for Winter 2011

As always, the Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) board is pleased to announce our latest grant awards; as always, it was also a tough decision, involving many hours of dialogue and debate to narrow it down to our four funded works. The board would like to publicly thank everyone who applied, and of course heartily congratulate Nadia Shevchenko, Asaf Shalev and Clayton Hartmann, Eric Stanley, and Thomas on their IAS grant awards. We hope to publish their finished pieces in the online and/or print versions of our journal, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, in the near future.

Our next deadline for grant proposals is September 1st, 2011. For more information on IAS grants, see the FAQ at For the time being, applications can only be sent via e-mail. To request an application, please e-mail .

And now, here’s a glimpse at the four projects:

Anarchist Interventions #2: Oppose and Propose! by Andy Cornell OUT NOW!!

The second title in the IAS's Anarchist Interventions book series, Oppose and Propose!: Lessons from Movement for a New Society by Andy Cornell, is out now on AK Press!

Where do the strategies, tactics, and lifestyles of contemporary activists come from? Movement for a New Society, a radical pacifist organization active in the 1970s and 1980s, pioneered forms of consensus decision making, communal living, direct action, and self-education now central to antiauthoritarian movements. Brimming with analysis, interviews, and archival documents, Oppose and Propose!: Lessons from Movement for a New Society recovers a missing link in recent radical history, while drawing out crucial lessons on leadership, movement building, counterculture, and prefigurative politics.

Andrew Cornell is an educator, writer, and organizer living in Brooklyn, New York. His writing has appeared in the collections Letters from Young Activists, The University against Itself and The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism.

Institute for Anarchist Studies Fall 2010 Newsletter

Dear IAS friends:

In the midst of the circus of witchcraft, sexual liaisons, allegations of socialism, barter medicine, and human brains in mice that is electoral politics, and throughout the ongoing horrors visited on people and ecosystems by capitalism and war, the IAS has persevered in its small way to encourage a broader and deeper debate. We see people every day engaging in projects that give life and meaning to the possibility of another world. Through book tours, support for radical authors, conferences, and collaboration in the work of other organizations, we connect in solidarity with people who are forging ties of real and free community.

In this issue of the IAS newsletter, you will learn about the four new additions to our board, updates from past grantees, and the next issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory. We hope to see many of you at the newly reconvened Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference in Baltimore. If not, we are confident that you are doing good work somewhere else and trust that we will connect in the future.


Mark Lance
IAS board member

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