Physical culture for radicals: A talk and discussion on the possibilities of sports, fitness and politics today

Friday, 17 February

Physical culture for radicals: A talk and discussion on the possibilities of sports, fitness and politics today

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"We do not want to breed master athletes and chase records. We want to strengthen the people." -Julius Deutsch

Between the brutal sham of the Qatar World Cup, a decade of austerity that has seen the closing of leisure centres up and down the country, and the recent court ruling banning wild camping in Dartmoor, the joy and freedom of physical activity are increasingly under attack. These developments are robbing us of our leisure time and community spaces.

At the same time, people are busy building alternatives. Community sports associations, red gyms, non-league football and many other kinds of organisations continue to flourish. Sports and leisure are still a place where people are self-organising and strengthening ties of solidarity and friendship. As radicals, how do we best contribute to building a lively, independent physical culture? What are the political possibilities of sports and fitness?

Underdog Sports Club invites you to discuss and reflect on these questions through a talk on the work of Julius Deutsch. Deutsch was active in the workers movement in Vienna in the 1920s and 30s, organising sports associations and self-defence leagues. He wrote extensively on the importance of sports and fitness for building independent and combative working-class culture. In this talk and discussion, we will bring these historical perspectives to bear on our current situation.

Date & Time: 

Friday, 17 February, 2023 - 19:00

Category: 

  • discussion/presentation

Price: 

  • free
Freedom Bookshop
Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street
E1 7QX
United Kingdom

Directions: 

The alley is next to the KFC by Aldgate East tube station - Hammersmith and City, or District line (Whitechapel Art Gallery exit)

Freedom maintains the oldest and largest specialist anarchist bookshop in Britain.

categories: 

  • book shop/info shop/library

opening times: 

Monday through Saturday: 12 midday - 6pm

Sunday: 12 midday - 4pm