Memoir and critique; why we don the black mask and act collectively against the targets of capital and state.
“To counteract [leftist] silencing, we sought out our comrades from the heart of the black bloc and asked them to tell their side of the story: where they come from, why they participate, how they see the world. We do not accept the terms set by the mudslingers: our intent is not to compete for ideological legitimacy on a battlefield of abstractions, but to foster mutual understanding grounded in personal experience. As the expression goes, God only knows what devils we are: He can’t know anything else.”
-Crimethinc., February 2012
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A short, wrenching story by Le Minh Khue, told from the perspective of a young woman fighting as a guerrilla in the Viet Cong.
“The book contains a number of interviews with some of Indiana’s long-term prison rebels, a brief overview of the rich history of prison struggle throughout the state, and thoughts from the editors about how prisoner solidarity has been and could be done. More generally, it documents a conversation between a few anarchists in the state and some prisoners here who became politicized on the inside, of a bridge we are building between differing conditions, politics, and beliefs—of our mutual need and desire to abolish prison.”
Words from Inside the Greek Prisons: writings by anarchist and rebel prisoners. Also featuring a long introduction from the Assembly for Solidarity with Prisoners in Struggle, framing and explaining their activities.
“A conversation between a mother cat and her kitten regarding the nature of leftism and the State” by Monsieur Dupont.
An anonymous open letter signed by 25,000 people, laying out a radical critique of the “democratic transition” in 1970s Spain and setting the terms for a solidarity campaign should the Spanish State refuse to release the autonomous prisoners. The publication of the letter led to the release of dozens of these prisoners.
A collections of accounts and texts from the insurrection in Kabylia, Algeria. Includes the words of both Kabyle participants and internationals, particularly Italian anarchists acting in solidarity. Interesting notes on the means of village coordination and on the internal relations among rebels.
Excellent radical history of the Vietnamese national liberation struggle, with a particular emphasis on unmasking the fratricidal violence unleashed by Ho Chi Minh’s “communists” against revolutionaries. Published by Solidarity (UK), a pioneering anti-state Marxist group.
Vietnam Whose Victory?