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Dynamite: the story of class violence in America - Louis Adamic

Complete PDF of Louis Adamic's superb history of class violence in the US. It traces the origins of gangsterism and racketeering in unions in the 1930s to its roots in workers needing to defend themselves from the armed violence of the state and bosses' thugs.

R.I.P. Jacques Mesrine - Alèssi Dell’Umbria

A 2010 essay on the life, death and continuing appeal of the legendary French bank robber, kidnapper and escape artist, known as “Public Enemy No. 1” and “the man of a thousand faces”, Jacques Mesrine, the author of The Death Instinct, assassinated by the French police in 1979, who, despite his notoriety, said, just before he was killed: “some people want to transform me into a hero, but there are no heroes in crime. There are only men who have been marginalized and do not accept the laws because they are made for the rich and the powerful.”

[Video] Modibo Kadalie on the "bat patrols": Community self-defense and the 1981 Atlanta child murders

Scholar/actvist Modibo Kadalie discusses helping to organize community self-defense in the Techwood Homes housing projects during the 1981 Atlanta Child Murders.

Discipline and punish: The birth of the prison - Michel Foucault

Barely two hundred and fifty years ago man condemned of attempting to assassinate the King of France was drawn and quartered in a grisly spectacle that suggested an unmediated duel between the violence of the criminal and the violence of the state.

The abyss repopulates itself - Jaime Semprun

A 1997 essay on the destructive effects of capitalism, the resulting “barbarism”, and the resurgence of ties of personal dependence (“neo-feudalism”) after the demise of the “good side” of capitalism (Welfare State), as the population, immobilized by “paranoid fictions” and “terrified scepticism”, adjusts to the ruthless imposition of a Third World type society in the capitalist heartlands, where protection rackets, cults and mafias of all kinds, cynically preying on the “desperation and fear” caused by the horrifying collapse of the state and capitalism (“the fragmentation of protection”), offer it “precarious security” but only “at the price of renouncing all individual autonomy”.

Worker in Poland almost killed by capitalist

News about a worker who was almost killed just because he wanted his money.

The heyday of corruption and the end of corporatism - Robert Kurz

A short article by Robert Kurz on corporate corruption in the context of the decline of “corporatism”, with particular reference to Germany and the trade unions, the Works Committees and the Siemens scandal.

An anarchist theory of criminal justice - Coy McKinney

This paper is a critique of how the state, the legal system, and the criminal justice system function in American society. The paper argues that the racial disparities in society are not by chance, but design, as they represent the original intent of the rich, white men that drafted the Constitution. Ultimately, the paper calls for an anarchist approach to society that would remove the discriminatory, oppressive frameworks we currently live under. Time is spent debunking preconceived notions of anarchism and explaining why it is a viable path.

No beast so fierce - Edward Bunker

A lifelong thief released after an 8 year stretch in prison struggles with the unyielding parole officer waiting to return him, finding a job and starting afresh from crime. A perceptive look at the vicious cycle of recidivism, Bunker was behind bars when the book was published.

Class justice in 1920

A short account of the attack on the anarchist speaker Sydney Hanson