Attack: The Voice of Respectable Moderation (1987)

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A one-off newspaper produced by London anarchist group Attack International in 1987.

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Fozzie
Nov 10 2018 09:53

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freemind
Nov 10 2018 17:33

Got this paper and really liked it as it was well written eloquent and tackled important issues like Mental illness.Far better than Class War and some of the stereotypical negative Anarchist texts.

tyneside anarchist
Nov 11 2018 09:47

great post Fozzie.

'freemind'....your comment is more negative than any "stereotypical negative anarchist text" that i have ever read !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fozzie
Nov 11 2018 15:23

Thanks! I was 18 when I got my copy of this. A bunch of the anarchopunks in the town I lived had organised a gig in a church hall.

One of them had a few of these and dished them out - made quite an impression on me at the time, especially the graphics. (I was reading punk zines and stuff like Vague around then too, and the punks had also sold me a copy of Meltzer’s Q&As about anarchism).

tyneside anarchist
Nov 11 2018 17:49

aye, hundreds were given away free everywhere at the time, just good to have it scanned ( we only have an a4 scanner)
Attack Int also did some good pamphlets too + the tin tin book

tyneside anarchist
Nov 11 2018 17:54

we also have a slightly earlier newspaper in a similar vein called Flamethrower

ps , hope u dont mind but weve stolen your pdf for a future post on.........

https://tynesideanarchistarchive.wordpress.com/

smile

Noah Fence
Nov 11 2018 18:21
Fozzie wrote:
Thanks! I was 18 when I got my copy of this. A bunch of the anarchopunks in the town I lived had organised a gig in a church hall.

One of them had a few of these and dished them out - made quite an impression on me at the time, especially the graphics. (I was reading punk zines and stuff like Vague around then too, and the punks had also sold me a copy of Meltzer’s Q&As about anarchism).

Yet more evidence(as if any was needed), that for all of it’s many defects and shortcomings, Anarcho Punk was fucking ace!

R Totale
Nov 11 2018 21:43

Tyneside: do you still have the Flamethrower anywhere? Would be interested to see it.

Noah: had been thinking of posting a link to this somewhere or other, but Crimethinc recently did an interesting piece on "Music as a Weapon: The Contentious Symbiosis of Punk Rock and Anarchism", which is worth a read. Very focused on the 90s/2000s US scene, but still got some thoughtprovoking stuff in.

Noah Fence
Nov 11 2018 21:52
R Totale wrote:
Tyneside: do you still have the Flamethrower anywhere? Would be interested to see it.

Noah: had been thinking of posting a link to this somewhere or other, but Crimethinc recently did an interesting piece on "Music as a Weapon: The Contentious Symbiosis of Punk Rock and Anarchism", which is worth a read. Very focused on the 90s/2000s US scene, but still got some thoughtprovoking stuff in.

Thanks RT, I’ll have a look after work tomorrow.

Fozzie
Nov 12 2018 09:48

@tyneside - absolutely fine to spread that PDF around the place - I've pinched a few things from other sites and added them here. It helps get the word out and avoids too much centralisation...

I can sometimes use an A3 scanner when, um, some people aren't about. wink

@R Totale - Pretty sure I have a tattered copy of Flamethrower too. My recollection is that it was a bit more insurrectionist and Animal Liberation? So not so interesting for me (I inherited it some years later from a friend of a friend who was having a clearout).

@Noah - well anarchopunk was a mixed bag certainly but it's amusing to see former punks overcompensating with their workerist critiques of it. It was what we had and it was more fun than a lot of other things on offer despite the dour apocalyptics.

freemind
Nov 12 2018 10:07

Tyneside!,An in accurate one liner is hardly worthy of comment.What I said was correct-try backing up your banal remark or it’s pointless

Noah Fence
Nov 12 2018 10:39
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Noah - well anarchopunk was a mixed bag certainly but it's amusing to see former punks overcompensating with their workerist critiques of it. It was what we had and it was more fun than a lot of other things on offer despite the dour apocalyptics.

Haha, yes! Show me a anarchist condemning anarcho punk and I’ll show you an embarrassed former anarcho punk or a Westbourne Grove trendy fan of lefty faker clothes horses The Clash!

R Totale
Nov 12 2018 10:42

Fair enough, think I'd only ever heard of it from the mention in Death of a Paper Tiger: https://libcom.org/library/paper-tiger-class-war-aufheben-6 which made it sound pretty interesting, but at the same time I don't think it'll kill me to not read one more critique of 80s Class War.

Fozzie
Nov 12 2018 10:52

Well I think that particular piece is already on libcom:
https://libcom.org/history/view-class-war-former-member-julian-1986

I'll dig out the actual thing and see if it's worth doing something with...