A Manual for subversion?

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Apr 5 2005 16:47
A Manual for subversion?

This topic was deleted by mistake when splitting some shit off the end of it.... heres what had been posted, oldest post first:

Vaneigemappreciationclub wrote:
Does anyone know if anything like this exists? If not should enrager produce something like it? It could draw on the lessons of past struggles from the spanish civil war to the miners strike, RTS and Argentina and highlight the more salutory and liberating aspects of each revolt or uprising

The basic contents could go something like:

-A brief examination and explanation of Capitalism, Surplus value, capitals need to divide the working class with psuedo concerns/conflicts, the role of unions, the power of the proletariat, the dangers of leaders/recuperation of struggles etc (Drawing on Marx, Cleaver, Perryman)

-A brief modern history of revolts, occupations and strikes, how can these complement todays struggle, where are the parallells?

-Workers councils, do the councils still provide the best formation of working class power and autonomy? (Pannekoek, Reisel)

-Useful and fun practical tips for subversion in the workplace and wider community, examples of sabotage, how to build an effective barricade, make a molotov cocktail, tips for detournement, tips on stealing etc, all the attractive shit

Obviously you'd have to go further than the subjects mentioned but it could be a project nonetheless

John. wrote:
well, some of those bits are covered by different things in /history and /organise. But it does need doing better and with more continuity...
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Apr 6 2005 15:45

Having read a bit on that Sherman case this may be a better idea than originally thought! wink

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Apr 6 2005 16:13

What Sherman case?

Yeah i think this would be a good idea... but would take a bunch of work, although i guess quite alot exists on this site or will do soonish.

The problem of course is distribution wink

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Apr 7 2005 09:11

Depends on costs, if the costs arent astronomical then i'd just distribute in the street, put them in banks, supermarkets, libraries, the job centre etc, obviously depends on wordage and production but how much does it normally cost to print say 200pamphlets/small books!?

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Apr 7 2005 09:41

The material in Recipes for disaster can be freely used in the "course of making the world a better place". The publisher claims that they have tested all of the "recipes" that people sended to them before publishing. If that is correct then we have some well written material that can be freely ripped off for the benefit of everyone.

http://www.crimethinc.com/a/cookbook/

Then we have Steal this book - by Abbie Hoffman which might be somehow outdated and more aimed against non-workers than labourers.

The CIA sabotage manual still works well as a manual as well as a statement.

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Apr 7 2005 19:54

rkn- sherman austin. ran the raise the fist website but got banged in the pen by the FBI because someone posted a link to bombmaking on his website. Was given a harsh prison sentence (even though the kid who posted that link admitted it etc) doesn't face too pretty a future as a young black anarchist man in america. Last I heard was he was in a half way house soon to be "released"....

Wendal- I have read "Steal this book" it is a bit lifestylist and the new introductions touch on the idea of class war once confused ...I saw it as more of a toned down cookbook, more into trying to help people dodge the draft and go "underground" in the american hippy scene at the time...how to get free food clothes by illicit means etc, does'nt really deal with how to fight class war just stuff on protesting....

On the plus side has some stuff like how to set up a food collective for local community so bits of that are strewn about.

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Apr 8 2005 09:48

The last thing i heard about was that he uppdated his homepage after being released and might now get some sentance for that(since he was forbidden to).

Yeah Stel this book is more about doing shorter tasks than creating an internationale or something like that. I still think there are some stuff there that it would be good if the labourers of this world knew for example how to break of the thumb of a cop when he tries to grab you. Being able to live outside work will also give a person a whole lot more time to organise and she dosent need to be scared to loose her job if the boss finds out what she is doing.

Check out recipes for disaster as i said its also more something like steal this book and is to some degre lifestylist but as i said the material is under these circumstances free to use.

When it comes down to geting serious this publication gives a great guide for preparing for and doing a wildcat strike without an authorian, hierchical organisation: http://library.nothingness.org/articles/SI/en/display/123

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Apr 13 2005 12:59

wendal-where can you get that recipies for disaster book from? It doesnt look as if ak press have it in stock and even if they did itd probably be autumn before it arrived! Damm inefficient ak

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Apr 13 2005 16:12

If you are in Sweden then you can buy a copy from me. I bought some copies to be able to spread the knowledge and sells them with a litle on the side to print some pamphlettes.

Otherwise infoshop sells it and you can order it from www.crimethinc.com