Accidental Theatre Book Bar, Shaftesbury Square
12th March: 7.30pm – 9.00pm (doors 7.00pm)
France-based writer Paul Cudenec explains why anarchy is a good thing.
“Anarchism has, over the years, often been seriously misunderstood. But the situation seems worse than ever today”, says writer Paul Cudenec.
Speaking live via the internet from France, Cudenec explains why anarchy is a good thing. He explains that anarchism is not, as some imagine, a political creed based on disorder and conflict. Instead it is a holistic philosophy based on the idea of natural harmony and co-operation.
“Many people assume that without a government, human society would fall apart into chaos, with everyone trampling over each other in a brutal ‘dog-eat-dog‘ world. The word ‘anarchy’ is often used in this way by non-anarchists. They talk about a fear that we could ‘descend into anarchy’”.
“But what if you believe that humans have a natural tendency for co-operation rather than for competition, for mutual aid rather than for mutual robbery? In this case, you obviously do not believe that a state is necessary to hold society together, as this is something that happens naturally from within, because of this tendency for co-operation.”
“Comparisons are sometimes made between anarchism and the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism. Taoism describes a natural flow to the world which can be blocked and disrupted by any attempts to control it, even well-meaning ones.”
“For me, anarchy is the spirit of life reasserting itself against oppression”.
The talk will be followed by an audience discussion.