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📚 Philly Socialists Reading Group: ‘Neither Vertical nor Horizontal: A Theory of Political Organization’ by Rodrigo Nunes

July 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

A black-on-white drawing by Tabitha Arnold with the words "Philly Socialists" around two people with linked arms, one wearing a mask and other holding a rake. There are other images scattered around, including 4 people holding a banner at a protest, rowhomes, hands holding a hammer, spade, bread, and a rose, and blooming flowers.

We’re reading Neither Vertical nor Horizontal: A Theory of Political Organization by Rodrigo Nunes.

How do we organize in a world after both Occupy and the Sanders campaign?

A decade ago, a wave of mass mobilisations described as “horizontal” and “leaderless” swept the planet, holding the promise of real democracy and justice for the 99%. Many saw its subsequent ebb as proof of the need to go back to what was once called “the question of organisation”. For something so often described as essential, however, political organisation remains a surprisingly under-theorised field. In this book, Rodrigo Nunes proposes to remedy that lack by starting again from scratch. Redefining the terms of the problem, he rejects the confusion between organisation and any of the forms it can take, such as the party, and argues that organisation must be understood as always supposing a diverse ecology of different initiatives and organisational forms. Drawing from a wide array of sources and traditions that include cybernetics, poststructuralism, network theory and Marxism, Nunes develops a grammar that eschews easy oppositions between “verticalism” and “horizontalism”, centralisation and dispersion, and offers a fresh approach to enduring issues like spontaneity, leadership, democracy, strategy, populism, revolution, and the relationship between movements and parties.

This group is open to anyone committed to collective learning and liberation whether they are a member of Philly Socialists or not. We aim to tackle challenging theoretical texts together. Rather than finding ‘the correct reading’ of a text, the goal of group is to collectively find tools from texts for creating a better world.

Philly Socialists is a political organization committed to creating a just and sustainable future for ourselves and our planet. As socialists, we believe in freedom, democracy, and the right to basic human dignity. Capitalism denies us all these. Only revolutionary change that ends capitalism will win us the future we deserve. And only a massive, organized force can get us there. If you are interested in finding out more, please find us at our reading website or email us admin@phillysocialists.org



July 7
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Iffy Books
404 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, 19146 United States
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Iffy Books