- Self Management Group
Without idealism none of this would have happened. The strength of the SMG is that it confronted authority where it lies – face to face with the boss in the workplace and with teachers in schools. It was a challenge to master and a liberation of servant.
- This is an oral record of discussion at Brisbane Anarchist Summer School 13 Jan 2013 led by Tim Briedis about SMG founded in Brisbane in 1971.
- Original members of the group participated in the discussion of SMG’s strengths and weaknesses. It was especially good to have Betty Walker present. Betty and her son Graeme are linked into this movement in ways that I cannot begin to describe. However, if interested, you can start here – Vale Robert Francis Walker
- A big thanks to Tim, Tony and Barbara for making this talk so interesting. I got a real sense of elder anarchists handing over to the next generation. I was impressed by how people in their 20s and 30s so readily took up the gaunlet laid down by people nearly 60 and over at this conference — it was one of the strengths of the conference.
- Sorry, but you will have to turn up the volume or wear earphones to hear the discussion below – it is worth it.We leave the movement in goods hands.
- Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now
— Bob Dylan, ‘My Back Pages’
‘A map of the world that includes Utopia’:
The Self-Management Group and the Brisbane libertarians
by Tim Briedis
“This thesis explores a slice of Brisbane’s radical history. I focus on the Self-Management Group (SMG), a revolutionary organisation that flourished from 1971-1977. The SMG formed as Brisbane activism shifted from a politics based around conscience to a revolutionary subjectivity. In 1977, the SMG dissolved. Three new organisations were formed, one of which became the Brisbane Greens in 1984. I examine the potential and pitfalls of radical organisation. While the SMG had flaws, its practice was strengthened by a utopian desire, a creative flair and a sense of how the political relates to everyday life. I argue that such utopian desire is relevant to a revitalisation of political radicalism today… Finally, this thesis is dedicated to all those who continue to demand the impossible. Lotta Continua…” — Tim Briedis