Book launch of Peter Gelderloos’ new work Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation.
This book provides a history of state formation in Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Europe, from Mesopotamia to the 20th century. Identifying different models or paths of state formation, Worshiping Power lays the groundwork for an anarchist theory of the origin of states, and in the process disputes common misconceptions stemming from liberal, Marxist, primitivist, and environmental determinist theories of state formation.
Rather than treating state formation as a singular event, a Pandora’s Box, Worshiping Power analyses state formation as a constant process, with religious, militaristic, economic, and kinship-based motors. It is also a work in grassroots scholarship, taking the study of the State out of academic institutions and into the streets, showing how a historically grounded understanding of the nature of the State is relevant to today’s struggles against patriarchy, environmental devastation, racism, war, and capitalism
There will be a talk by the author and Q&A session.
Peter Gelderloos is the author of many books including Learning From Ferguson (2015), The Failure of Nonviolence (2013),
Anarchy works (2010) and How Nonviolence Protects the State (2007)
Accessibility info: The venue has step free / levelled access