Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

Rethinking Revolution discussions organised by WSM

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 7th & 21st April / 6:30pm


Rethinking Revolution’ is a series of discussions about the core ideas those of us who want revolutionary change think we have in common and so too often neglect to discuss. The discussions will be kicked off by an opinionated presentation of one or more approaches on these questions with the purpose of drawing all present into a discussion that we hope will continue long after the meeting. The talks are organised by the Outreach group of the WSM and inspired by those arguments we keep having in the kitchen at parties.

The discussions will happen on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month in Seomra Spraoi starting April 7th. Semora Spraoi is an activist run ‘social centre’ and is located at 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1. The discussions will start at 6:30pm sharp as Seomra Kitchen has a ‘People’s Kitchen’ every Wednesday from 7:30pm (so afterwards you can get a great meal and continue the discussion.)

Opening topics

How do we know who will struggle? — April 7th

The left talks a lot about class but in a manner that often confuses more than it clarifies. Paul Bowman wonders just how useful the classification obsessed approach of the left actually is.

A revolution in our lifetimes? — April 21st

Are we spending our precious time outside of work at protests and meetings because we want to improve our lives or are we just fighting for future generations. In either case what is it that we are trying to do as we move from topic to topic and struggle to struggle? Alan MacSimoin doesn’t expect to see the glorious day while Andrew Flood is preparing for it being just around the corner.

 The seminars will continue through May, possible future titles include:
Starting from here? The popular appeal of republicanism — date TBA

The revolutionary tradition for 80% of the population means Irish republicanism. From bar stools to marginalized neighborhoods it has popular appeal way beyond that of anarchism, trotskyism or any other ism. Should we be wrapping ourselves in the green or breaking from it?

If you’re on Facebook you’ll find a group for this discussion series.