Meat Meet 11: Glenn Wallis
Sunday March 28th 4-6 pm
We had a wonderful and far-reaching conversation with Glenn despite a last minute glitch — a new update to Zoom which doesn’t play nicely with OBS/Twitch, since fixed — which prevented us from streaming. Thankfully we got the video up on YouTube straightaway.
Glenn’s book is a treasure for introducing the anarchist tradition and its ethos to all sorts of people. Special thanks to Mary from Warbler Press for all her help.
Full SD video available on YouTube.
Author of An Anarchist’s Manifesto (Warbler Press 2021)
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An Anarchist’s Manifesto celebrates free cooperation among equals, the main principle underlying anarchist values
“A manifesto in the best tradition of Emma Goldman and Colin Ward.”
—Uri Gordon, author of Anarchy, State and Revolution and Anarchy Alive!
“In this seductive stroll through the realms of philosophy, history, and everyday life,
Wallis guides the curious toward a meeting with anarchy—one of today’s most powerful but maligned political convictions.”
—ak thompson, author of Premonitions: Selected Essays on the Culture of Revolt
“This lucid and incisive manifesto provides a clear articulation of anarchism: what it is, what it is not, and why it is our best chance at reclaiming our world from the ravages of capitalism,
exploitation, and authoritarianism.”
—Marquis Bey, African American studies and English professor, Northwestern University
December 17, 2020 (New York). FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Warbler Press is proud to publish An Anarchist’s Manifesto by Glenn Wallis. In the bracing tradition of the manifesto, Glenn Wallis illumines the values informing the anarchist way of life—order, equality, mutual support, and a vitalizing rejection of authoritarianism, oppression, and exploitation. Energetic, reasoned, and deeply informed, Wallis’s manifesto presents a razor-sharp re-evaluation of anarchism as a “way of being in the world.” His eye-opening argument for embracing these values as a freedom-loving society’s best hope will be nothing less than a revelation for those seeking a deeper understanding of anarchy as a political philosophy. Wallis’s examples of anarchism in action are sure to inspire even the most skeptical readers to experiment with these values in practical ways.
Timely, lucid, and highly entertaining, An Anarchist’s Manifesto cogently asserts that anarchism is the most adaptive, humane, intelligent, singly inclusive proposal that we, as social animals, have ever envisioned.
Glenn holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University’s Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies. Prior to that, he studied at the renowned Institute for Indology and Buddhist Studies at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Wallis has published widely on various aspects of Buddhism. His books are A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real; Cruel Theory|Sublime Practice: Toward a Revaluation of Buddhism (with contributions from Tom Pepper and Matthias Steingass); Buddhavacana: A Pali Reader; Basic Teachings of the Buddha; The Dhammapada: Verses on the Way; and Mediating the Power of Buddhas: Ritual in the Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa. His most recent previous book, How to Fix Education: A Handbook for Direct Action, was published by Warbler Press.
Glenn Wallis taught in the religion departments of Brown University, Bowdoin College, and the University of Georgia. In 2006, he gave up tenure to initiate an innovative meditation program at the newly formed Won Institute of Graduate Studies, near Philadelphia. The program trained professionals (teachers, psychologists, nurses, social workers, etc.) to incorporate meditation programs into their work. It emphasized the interconnected necessity for individual and collective solutions to social ills.
In 2011, Wallis founded the groundbreaking blog Speculative Non-Buddhism (www.speculativenonbuddhism.com), which one critic considers “the most strikingly original, penetrating, and provocative writing about Buddhism on the web.” To date, the blog has published over 120 long-form critical essays. Its notorious comment section houses over 7,000 comments. With views approaching one million, this influential blog has been written about in several scholarly books and articles, and on numerous online sites.
Currently, Wallis co-directs Incite Seminars (www.inciteseminars.com), the counterinstituional educational cooperative he founded in Philadelphia in 2016. As its tagline, “rigorous & rebellious learning,” indicates, Incite Seminars offers spirited public courses on topics relevant to its aim of upsetting the status quo toward a better world for all sentient beings.
More at https://www.glennwallis.com/.