We'll be running 2 meetings at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2016: Critique of Tax Justice at 11am and Love at 4pm, both in the Breakout Room.
It is common for people who object to State services and social security payments being reduced to point an outraged finger at the tax arrangements of Google or Facebook. While we agree with opposing the ongoing programme of impoverishment, we think such calls for tax justice are not helpful. In this workshop we want to discuss what taxes are and what they teach us about the nature of the State and this society. Based on that we want to present our critique of tax justice campaigns and why instead of offering a way out of socially produced poverty, their success depends on it: taxing successful capitalist corporations presupposes their success.
Finding love is the top priority for a lot of people in our society, judging by the never ending invention of match making websites. A failure of love is often blamed as the reason for tragic events like the Isla Vista killings. In this workshop we would like to look at why love is so important for so many people and how loving someone often implies a demand that is impossible to satisfy.