Perspectives on Anarchist Theory

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Vol. 2 - No. 1
Spring, 1998


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IAS Grant Awards

The IAS annually awards $6000 in grants to writers whose work is important to the anarchist critique of domination, who exhibit a clear financial need, and whose piece is likely to be widely distributed. On January 17, 1998 the IAS Board of Directors was pleased to award grants to the following individuals:

$2000 to Chris Day for Anarchism and the Zapatista Revolution. This book will develop a revolutionary, anti-authoritarian analysis of Zapatismo as expressed in the words and deeds of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) and Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. It will have three main components: an empirical investigation of Zapatista theory and practice, a consideration of the two main forms of libertarian thinking in Mexico – the traditions of indigenous autonomy and European anarchism; and finally an investigation of the more recent historical roots of the EZLN in the Mexican New Left and the indigenous struggles of Chiapas in the past few decades. It will draw out some of the important lessons that the Zapatista struggle has to offer contemporary anarchism. Chris is currently in Chiapas, Mexico.

$1200 to Matt Hern and Stu Chaulk for The Myth of the Internet: Private Isolation and Local Community. This book will use a radically democratic, anarchist perspective to investigate and critique the social and cultural repercussions of the Internet. It will argue that, while the Internet appears to be a medium for genuine communication and democracy, it is actually undermining the very arenas in which actual freedom and democracy can flourish. Matt and Stu live in Vancouver, British Columbia.

$800 to Melissa Burch for Autonomy, Culture, and Natural Resources in the Neo-liberal Age. This piece will present a comparative critique of the domination of global capitalism and its devastating effects on the local culture in three regions: the Mexican State of Chiapas, the North Atlantic Autonomous Region of Nicaragua, and the state of Vermont. It will bring to light the fundamental incompatibility of the neoliberal model with an authentic, local, and ecological culture. Melissa lives in Plainfield, Vermont.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the IAS. You may also download a grant application from the IAS’s web site at: http://members.aol.com/iastudy/ Default.htm. Grant deadlines are May 15 and December 15 of each year.