Reading Group #21 – COVID Conspiracy Theories

The London Anarchist Federation’s relaunched monthly reading group will have its second session on the 15th of February at 19:00 at Decentre just above Freedom Bookshop (84B Whitechapel High St, Whitechapel). The bookshop will likely be closed by that time so we will be using the back door to the freedom building, further into the alleyway than the bookshop entrance.

In continuity with our first meeting on the causes of the current popularity of conspiracy theories, we will be discussing two articles that notably take issues with COVID-19 related conspiracy theories. Apart from their confrontation with such theories, these articles deal in different ways with the current pandemic context and its relation with actual (and potential) social struggles, the first analysing the struggle against the Green Pass in Italy and the other confronting COVID-19 denialism amongst leftists. We hope it will spark a constructive, respectful and interesting debate on these issues.

The two articles are available online :

Conspiracy and Social Struggle

The Reality of Denial and the Denial of Reality

Unfortunately we did not have this blog running again when we ran the first of the new reading group sessions. Since this group builds off the first one, those who are interested in the topic may want to read those articles as well (although this is not necessary to take part in the comming reading group):

The Rise of Conspiracy Theories and its new 2020 Preface

This goes without saying, but we do not endorse all the actions and publications of their respective authors.Hopefully it will pique your interest. Attending every month is not a requirement – just come along when we’re discussing a topic or a text you like!

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