We have met the state and she are us: understanding, power, and social transformation

This talk will relate some work in philosophy by people like Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Foucault and Mark Lance’s own work, some central ideas from the history of anarchist thought and some concrete organizing issues that confront those working according to anti-authoritarian principles in the midst of a capitalist, imperialist, sexist, racist, and heterosexist society. Mark Lance will support the claim that social transformation must involve three dimensions: critical reconstruction of whatever aspect of current society we are trying to transform, the construction of alternative modes of organization within the organizations we are working with and the transformation of our own habits, skills, perceptions, etc. Understanding this latter dimension involves making some important, but unfamiliar distinctions. The goal of the presentation is to bring some fairly abstract theory down to earth and to provide useful insights to guide our work in transforming society. For more information on the Institute for Anarchist Studies please visit: http://www.anarchiststudies.org/
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Mark Lance