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Disturbances lecture series 8th of December: Anarchy Works

In Mannerheim-hall of Uusi ylioppilastalo, Mannerheimintie 5 B 5th floor

Doors open 6 PM, Lecture starts 6:15 PM

The idea that anarchism is based on impractical or impossible ideals is widespread. This contention, however, is not based on a reasonable analysis or historical awareness of human possibilities. In fact, it is the product of a broad social amnesia, and an alienation from our own pasts that is the end result of an ongoing process of genocide, colonization, and repression. Anarchistic forms of social organization have been the most widely practiced throughout human history, and even today, on every continent, anarchic methods of organizing daily life or struggling against oppressive systems are still common, though they often go unrecognized. Some of these examples are explicitly anarchist, but the majority never adopt that label. What can we learn from these examples of anarchy in practice? And what are the main barriers to the realization of the anarchist ideal, a world without masters, without oppression, without exploitation?

“Anarchy Works” published in 2010, contains nearly 100 examples of anarchy in practice, from anarchist social movements and revolutions to stateless societies around the world, showing how in the absence of police, prisons, bosses, politicians, bureaucracies, and governments, we can take care of ourselves and solve the problems that afflict us.

In addition to “Anarchy Works”, Peter Gelderloos is the author of “How Nonviolence Protects the State”, “Consensus, To Get to the Other Side, The Failure of Nonviolence”, and other books, including a forthcoming work on the origin of states. Originally from the United States, since 2007 he has lived in Barcelona, where he participates in a social center, a publishing project, and other initiatives.


Disturbances is an open series of lectures and discussions at the crossroads of society, philosophy, history, economy and resistance.

We are already aware that we can not live as before, but we do not know what the future holds. Others are stuck in the past, but we only want to understand it. Even a small disturbance of an initial condition can lead a system into a completely different state.

Our speakers are Finnish and international anti-authoritarian researchers and activists. Events are organized in cooperation with A-ryhmä and AutOp. You may also follow lecture online (both real-time and recording) at .

Our program is created by the participants themselves, if you want to join or simply get in contact, write .

Children are welcome to any events of A-ryhmä by default! We have now also a separate room in case children get tired of lecture. Prams can be left in the hallway on the 6th or 1st floor.

Kupoli is inaccessible space.

There is one small step at the downstairs front door, and an elevator that runs between from floor 1 to 6. Kupoli is on the 7th floor after a staircase.

There are two searate, rather spacey but not wheelchair-standardized, unisex toilets. There are stairs between Kupoli and wc.

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