Skip to comments.Authority a four-letter word at this book fair - Anarchists find common ground at S.F. get-together
Posted on 03/27/2005 1:18:58 PM PST by SmithL
Thousands of like-minded souls with a taste for state smashing, patriarchy toppling, government defying, feminism, punk, radical politics and children's books with titles like "Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon" came out in force for the 10th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair.
They snatched up books by Noam Chomsky and Emma Goldman, greeted old friends, bought "Bomb the mall" T-shirts and DVDs about "imperial democracy" and happily lay in the sunshine with their anarchist dogs and wild-plant food pamphlets.
By midafternoon, the San Francisco County Fair Building and the lawn outside were packed with everyone from bookish brainiacs leafing through dense texts to green-haired punks with pierced septums and a distinctive, musky scent.
"This is Christmas," said Eileen Rose, 43, hands full of books. "The hardest thing about coming here is that there's so much of what I feel is critical tools to have."
She showed a friend her finds, including "Anarchism and Other Essays" by Emma Goldman and a "F -- your fascist beauty standards" patch.
Indeed, the F-word was especially popular at the fair: "You don't have to f -- people over to survive" and "F -- all boy bands" were among the slogans on the ubiquitous T-shirts, pins and patches. Hungry radicals -- who arrived from all over the country -- were salivating as they wandered among CDs and books, from Woody Guthrie's "Struggle" and Malcolm X's speeches to "The Enemy Is Middle Class" and "No Gods No Masters."
The book fair has grown exponentially since a small group of far lefties and San Francisco's Bound Together Anarchist Collective Book Store staged the first one in 1995.
This year, 75 vendors from near and far poured into town for the event. The slate of speakers included graphic artist Eric Drooker, feminist activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and the star...
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I wonder of they had any "F--- Mark Morford" patches
I wonder if she realizes just how incredibly ironic that sounds.
Let's get this anarchist convention organized!
I wonder who was in charge of putting this thing together....
Sounds awfully organized.
Don't know. I imagine "I F***ed Mark Morford" patches are hot sellers, though.
ummmm..... aren't those two words together an oxymoron; and yes I know they are Ox stupid Morons.
That's NOT a mental image I'd like to dwell on.
The tectonic plates can't push the Bay Area into the middle of the Pacific fast enough for me. There has to be the highest concentration of far-left nuts (emphasis on nuts) in the world infesting the west coast around San Francisco. Can't we grant them their own country?
I love it when I don't have to explain them.
They could quilt a tarp for the Golden Gate bridge with all those.
In other words, the crowd you'd expect at a typical San Francisco protest.
(Prolonged eye roll.)
-good times, G.J.P. (Jr.)
"The Enemy Is Middle Class" and "No Gods No Masters."
This is Sooooo revealing.
Normal people are the enemy. I can only imagine the purge if they ever get power.
I am increasingly in favor of longer and longer jail terms for these idiots whenever we catch them. Arrest and release the same day seems only to embolden these thugs.
They have enough leisure time to be described as middle class by most definitions.
Noam Chomsky is soft.
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