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The Amandala! Collective announces Black Flame‘s Johannesburg launch!

By kate | October 5, 2009

As many of you know, AK Press was thrilled to finally make available the first volume in the Counterpower series just a few months ago. Entitled Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism, and written by South African scholars and activists Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt, the book has been generating an incredible about of interest and solid debate and discussion amongst anarchist intellectuals and other radical readers around the globe. Check out some of the great things folks have been saying about Black Flame:

If you haven’t gotten a copy yet, we heartily suggest you do so! The book is available at lovely independent bookstores around the world, or you can order a copy here direct from AK Press! You can also read an excerpt from the book here!

Should you happen to be in the Johannesburg area, you’re cordially invited to the book’s South African launch event, on Wednesday, October 7, at 6PM at Wits University! See below for information …

And, feel free to post your thoughts about the book, your comments & questions, here—Black Flame is filled with theories, ideas, and information ripe for discussion!


The Amandla! Collective (Johannesburg) and the Department of Sociology at Wits University

invite you to the next

Amandla! Forum

Johannesburg book launch

BLACK FLAME: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism

Lucien van der Walt & Michael Schmidt

Black Flame examines the anti-authoritarian class politics of the anarchist/syndicalist movement, and its 150 years of popular struggle on five continents.

An indispensible conceptual and historical roadmap, with close attention to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, looking at its:

· Opposition to hierarchy, capitalism and the state

· Strategy: building revolutionary counter-power

· History: labour, community, anti-imperialism

· Agenda: participatory, cooperative economics

· Revolutions: Mexico, Spain, Ukraine, Korea

· Revival: today’s struggles

Wednesday 7 October 2009 @ 6pm

Senate House Basement 2, East Campus, Wits

All Welcome! Safe Parking at Wits, Yale entrance Jorrisen St.

Reviewers say:

Michael Schmidt is a Johannesburg-based investigative journalist/ journalism trainer and activist, with experience in Chiapas, civil war Guatemala, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Darfur, and Lebanon.

Lucien van der Walt teaches at Wits. Winner of the 2008 international Labor History dissertation prize, his extensive publications include the co-edited Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1880-1940 (Brill 2010).

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3 Responses to “The Amandala! Collective announces Black Flame‘s Johannesburg launch!”

  1. jgeneric Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I really really really really loved this book. It clarified lot about the red anarchist tradition I come from and made a lot more sense of both the difference and incredible similarities of each school of thought. I was scared I’d be bored by the theory but it was really fascinating.
    Thanks Black Flame! You are the best deeper book on anarchism I’ve read in the last 5 years.

  2. kate Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 9:30 am has a nice writeup about the book launch in Johannesburg:
    Looks like it was a smashing success! Congrats Lucien & Michael!

  3. Lucien Says:
    November 10th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    More from reviewers:

    “… one of its distinctive contributions is its global scope. Further, the book’s intellectual exploration goes deep, and, most importantly, the whole project is carried out with remarkable independence of thought … their book is brilliant and thought-provoking. I think ‘Black Flame’ is a valuable study for activists, students and academics alike. I am inspired by the independent thinking that Schmidt and van der Walt employed in carrying out this project. This is the proper way to pay homage to the anarchist history and anarchist tradition…” – Mandisi Majavu, Africa Project for Participatory Society, in ZNET.

    “… an important contribution to labour radicalism and the potential for building global worker movements bottom up … a great book! … ” – Immanuel Ness, coordinating editor, ‘International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest’


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