On a suspiciously warm November weekend, the Democracy Center was home to the Boston Anarchist Book Fair, which event organizer Brian Moen describes as “a bunch of anarchists and anarchist-adjacent people coming together to build solidarity.”

Walking through the fair, almost all of the slogans encouraged disrupting the order in one way or another — phrases like “don’t cling to the old world!” “abolish the police!” and “revolt!” line the posters and pamphlets — to the extent that the relative tranquility of a book fair seemed almost paradoxical.

“So anarchists are known for doing book fairs. It’s kind of a joke,” Moen explains. “What does a Marxist do? Well, they’ve staged a lot of revolutions. What do anarchists do? Book fairs.”

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