Eric Laursen Presents The Operating System Thurs, Sept 9 at 7 pm

THE OPERATING SYSTEM: AN ANARCHIST THEORY OF THE MODERN STATE

Eric Laursen

A unique aspect of anarchism as a political philosophy is that it seeks to abolish the state. But what exactly is “the state”? The State is a vast operating system for ordering and controlling relations among human society, the economy, and the natural world, analogous to a digital operating system like Windows or MacOS. Anyone concerned with entrenched power, income inequality, disappearing digital privacy, climate change, the response to COVID-19, or military-style policing will find eye-opening insights into how states operate and build more power for themselves, in this book, along with perspectives on how we w can learn to think outside the state.

 

Eric will be in conversation with  professor and author Benjamin Shepard

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Eric Laursen is an independent journalist, historian, and longtime antiwar, economic and social justice activist. He  is the author of The People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan, and The Duty to Stand Aside: Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Wartime Quarrel of George Orwell and Alex Comfort .  His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including In These Times, The Nation, The Village Voice, Counterpunch, The Arkansas Review, and Z Magazine.

 

Benjamin Shepard, PhD, LMSW, is, by day, Professor of Human Services at New York City College of Technology/CUNY--by day. By night, he battles to keep New York from becoming a giant shopping mall. Ben is the author/editor of 10 books, the latest of which  is Sustainable Urbanism: Case Studies in Dialectical Activism (2021).

 

 

Event date: 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Event address: 

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The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State Cover Image
By Eric Laursen, Maia Ramnath (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781849353878
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Published: AK Press - May 18th, 2021