Talking about the Red Army Faction: Dancing with Imperialism
J. Smith, co-editor of of the three volume documentary history about the Red Army Faction will be in town to discuss the life, times and enduring relevance of the RAF.
Dancing with Imperialism is the long-awaited Volume 2 of the first-ever English-language study of the Red Army Faction—West Germany’s most well known urban guerillas—covering the period immediately following the organization’s near-total decimation in 1977. This work includes the details of the guerilla’s operations, and its communiqués and texts, from 1978 up until its 1984 offensive.
The Red Army Faction emerged from the student movement in West Germany in the 1960s. Responding to the rise of protest around the world, and the military aggression of the First World (esp. the United States) against various Third World liberation movements, the RAF engaged in bombings, bank robberies, and assassinations for over twenty years.
Why did these young self-styled revolutionaries adopt such radical methods? What challenges did they encounter once they did? How did their choices impact not only the broader left, but entire generations of West German society?
Join us for a discussion and Q&A about the experiences of the RAF, from the 1970s until the 1990s. We will examine the relationship between armed organizations and the broader left, the moral and political legitimacy of armed struggle, the primarily political character of urban guerilla organizations, the consequences of this fact in terms of strategy and survival, and why all of this matters today.
Co-Sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
For more information about the Red Army Faction Documentary series: http://www.germanguerilla.com/
This event is part of a Bay Area book launch tour that will provide an introduction and an in-depth discussion and Q&A about the experiences of the RAF and other West German guerrillas, such as the 2nd of June Movement and the
Revolutionary Cells, from the 1970s until the 1990s. The discussions will examine the primarily political character of urban guerrilla organizations, the consequences of this fact in terms of strategy and survival, and why all of this matters today.
Other events that are part of this tour:
Wednesday, October 2nd at 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics.
Co-Sponsored by The Freedom Archives. 7:30-9:30pm
518 Valencia St San Francisco, CA 94110
Thursday, October 3rd at The Marxist School of Sacramento. 7-9pm
SMUD Customer Service Center 6301 S St Sacramento, CA 95817
Friday, October 4th at The Green Arcade. Co-Sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). 7-9pm
The Green Arcade 1680 Market St San Francisco, CA 94120
Sunday, October 6th at The Public School. 8-10pm
The Public School 2141 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612