Liverpool Anarchist Educational is Class!

We’ve been conditioned to think that education must be
expensive, that it is too complex for ordinary people and
must be left to experts, and that it is so vital it is best
organised by large and powerful institutions, like the local
education authority or the state. Like most things we are
taught to believe, this is a lie. – The Nihilst

A not particularly dirty dozen met in Next To Nowhere this evening, for the first in our ‘anarchist educational’ series, which will happen once a month until February (or the revolution, whichever is earlier), apart from this month when we’re having two!

We began with a presentation on ‘free schools‘, with particular reference to the ones that were established in Liverpool in 1908 and 1970. The group then discussed libertarian education, and the prospects for starting that up in the modern day, as well as how crap capitalist schooling is.

A good time was had by all, we learned useful stuff, and it was a laugh, which is more than you can say for most class(system)rooms. Anyone interested in learning about anarchism could do worse than come to our next session.

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2 thoughts on “Liverpool Anarchist Educational is Class!

  1. cxx_guy

    <>We began with a presentation on ‘free schools’, with particular reference to the ones that were established in Liverpool in 1908 and 1970. The group then discussed libertarian education, and the prospects for starting that up in the modern day, as well as how crap capitalist schooling is.<>So I don’t get it … you talk about free schools, which are cooperative schools, without government compulsion, just like what you would find in an actual capitalist society. Then you contrast them to ‘capitalist schooling’, which sounds like schools provided cooperatively, without government compulsion, but from context, it sounds like you’re talking about socialist, or government schools, not anything that exists in a free market.Or has somebody there actually been somewhere where they had a free market, and found that schools there didn’t work either? If so, I wonder why anybody attended, since in a capitalist society there would be nobody with the authority to compel you to go, or to send your children.

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  2. Adam Ford

    Ok, I see you’re a ‘libertarian’, which I translate as a believer in free market capitalism, unrestricted by the state.Anyway, in this context, ‘free schools’ means schools set up outside of government control, by people who believe that education provided by the state (whether avowedly capitalist or socialist) is no good, and actually teaches nothing but passing exams and defeat at the hands of the state. Usually the people who set up these schools are anarchists, but I suppose they could just as well be ‘libertarians’ like yourself. I put some links in the original article, so feel free to have a look at those.

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