AYN, Enrager, Libcom...

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Jul 18 2005 10:47
AYN, Enrager, Libcom...

I've mentioned this to a couple of youse, from the libcom crew. But i can't find anything on the site. So here goes, has anyone written anything about the progression from ayn-libcom, or even a short history of how it all developed, as from what i've read an who i've met, you're all pretty young, that's not a putdown, the opposite infact. It's just there was no dedicated youth group in my day (which wasn't all that long ago). As an example in spain you have the FIJL, is there a need for anarchist youth groups, i kind of think there should be, infact i wish there had been when i was younger.

Can someone move this to theory for me?

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Jul 18 2005 12:22

The AYN is now defunct, right? Why did that happen and what's being done to create a replacement? A youth network is pretty damn necessary.

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Jul 18 2005 12:33

It appears that their website is still live, though grin

http://flag.blackened.net/ayn/Ideas/stopschool.htm

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--------------- WHAT YOU CAN DO ---------------

1. Get a syringe (minus needle) or similar device. Mix both tubes of epoxy glue with a little rubbing alcohol. You now have about half an hour to fill locks, door jambs, etc. before glue hardens. If you can't get the epoxy glue and syringe a tube of airplane cement can also be used although it is not as permanent.

2. An alternative use for the syringe is to pretend to shoot up while a teacher is watching. If they speak to you tell them you have to do it because school is so horrible.

3. Call the school and leave the phone off the hook. The way some (but not all) phone systems work this will tie up their phone for as long as yours is off the hook.

4. Protest U.S. aid to reactionary regimes abroad by defoliating plants around the school or by digging a bomb crater on the front lawn. When the ecology freaks complain ask them where they were when the U.S. was doing the same thing to Indochina.

5. Draw or paste something 'obscene' on pull-down wall maps or movie screens. (one for Jack there wink )

6. Get some of the punch cards that your school uses for taking attendance. Punch new holes in them either with a keypunch machine or a screwdriver. Then switch the cards with others wherever they are stored. If you can figure out the code the cards are punched by this has even more possibilities. You can often be just as effective without actually repunching the cards by redistributing them a few days after you collect them (particularly when they're used for attendence).

7. Start an information service to get new students opinions and warnings about the teachers and administrators before enrollment day.

8. Bad food? Have a good old fashioned food riot.

9. In gym classes or in hallways between classes have massive searches for 'lost' contact lenses telling people not to walk through the hall or 'you might step on it'.

10. If your school still has a dress code protest it having everyone do something disruptive that does not violate the code. For example, dye your hair green with food coloring.

11. Free all the animals in the biology classroom.

12. Write a 'consumer report' on the 'education' you've been consuming. Distribute it to parents at school functions.

13. Periodically have students go to the office to have some rumor confirmed or denied.

14. Perform citizen's arrests of administrators for destroying the minds of youth then telephone the police to come and take the criminals into custody. (This would be an excellent guerilla theatre action).

15. Rip off dishes and silverware from the cafeteria, towels from the gym, stencils and paper from the duplicating room, layout equipment from the art and drafting departments, tools from the wood shop, and light bulbs from the sockets. Give them to a needy movement group.

16. During lunch turn on and light all the gas jets in the science labs.

17. Demand to see your school records on file. (Everyone can see them.)

18. You can make a very effective fuse by inserting a non-filter cigarette in a book of matches so that it touches the head of some matches and will ignite them when it burns down that far. Then loosly crumple paper around the matches and cigarettes so that they are hidden. Toss it in a wastebasket or any other area with a lot of papers preferrably in the office. It takes about 5 minutes to ignite -- by then you can be on the other side of the building. Practice this at home before trying it. black bloc

19. Have giant coughing or sneezing epidemics in class or study hall.

20. Rub lipstick, glue, vaseline, or shit onto the doorknobs of the school's administrative offices. eek

21. Swallow some snake bite antidote then walk into the principal's office. The antidote (most types are harmless -- make sure you get that kind) will make you vomit. Do so all over his carpet, desk, clothing, etc. then apologize profusely.

22. Pick up some dog training liquid at any pet store -- it smells like concentrated piss. And if you can't figure out what to do with that then you shouldn't be reading this.

23. Remove contents of teacher's mailboxes. Print up everything that's confidential or interesting.

24. Leave notes and hints that 'Tuesday's the day'.

25. Impersonate parental voices and make irate phone calls to the office.

26. Make a super stink bomb out of Hydrogen Sulfide and put somewhere in the ventilating system. This has cleared school buildings for days.

27. If your school has a suspended ceiling (a ceiling composed of rectangles or squares resting on a frame so that the rectangles can be pushed up) you can put a dead fish -- or anything else -- above them. Or put it into empty lockers and glue them shut.

28. Put signs on your locker saying 'this locker will self-destruct if opened for inspection'.

29. Give your school library a subscription to a good underground newspaper from your area and insist that they make it available to students.

30. Print up false notices frequently using the same format as the school uses and distribute them to the teachers' mailboxes. Eventually they'll never know what to believe.

31. Make your own passes, forms, tickets, etc. or lift them out of teachers' desks.

32. Need a signature? Collect things that have teachers' signatures on them. Paste them all down on a sheet of white paper and either xerox or print up a bunch of copies. Forge when useful. (When getting started you might put a piece of carbon paper under the signature with the carbon paper facing down on what you want signed. Then trace over the name with a steady relaxed hand. Practice makes perfect.)

33. Do some revolutionary wall painting. All you need is a can of spray paint (red?) plus a little imagination and courage. Then write your favorite slogans on walls, sidewalks, blackboards, etc. If you are a perfectionist you can make a stencil, but that limits the size of what you can do. WEAR GLOVES or you will certainly get tell-tale paint on your spraying finger.

34. Are certain teachers or administrators misbehaving? Print up a rat sheet with their names and telephone numbers and distribute it.Now students can call up at any time and reprimand them -- 3:00 AM for example. Also you could order them pizzas ... plumbers ... think big!

35. Break into your school at night and burn it down. To get inside you can either hide in the building during the day and wait until the janitor leaves (know in advance what time that is), or come in later at night and either force your way through the door, find an open window, or break a window (see Monroe Mindfuck). If you use the latter method do it a few hours or days in advance so you don't get caught if it attracts attention. Be careful not to leave fingerprints -- wear gloves all the time if possible. Once inside make sure the walls will light well by placing loose paper or wood around them, or squirting lighter fluid, kerosene, or gasoline onto them. If a lot of burnable boxes are stacked in one area spread them around. Start the fire from the inside of the building so it will take longer before it can be seen from the windows. Make sure the fire has a way to travel from one burnable area to another. Of course you should wear dark clothes and know exactly where you are going when you split.

36. Get hold of a film to be shown at a school assembly and splice in parts of another movie of your own choosing before the assembly. A little imagination on your part will make for an unforgettable day.

37. Clog up the drains of sinks with clay then turn on the water after everyone leaves school.

38. Teachers often leave gradebooks, conduct sheets, and attendance records unguarded. Take every chance to help yourself.

39. Put up posters all around the school. To make them stick permanently use Pet evaporated milk for glue.

40. You could ice-pick tires as a warning -- but make sure you have a total enemy before you put sugar in their gas tank.

41. Start wailing in the halls.

42. If you can't find any skunks, let chickens loose in the school ...or pigeons.

43. Create the 'WEB OF THREAD' in your classroom. Have everybody in your class bring a spool of thread -- with extras for people who forget. Tie your thread onto something and pass the spools around till you run out, winding thread around everything. (It is best to pick on one of your more dullwitted teachers for this one). Expalin that you did it in the name of art.

44. Carry and pretend to sell oregano rolled in papers and aspirin with the name filed off.

45. Put Calcium Carbide (available in some parts of the country as 'Gopher- Go', also available in some hobby and joke shops) in a gelatin capsule and flush down a toilet or sink. Calcium Carbide reacts violently with water, quickly producing large amounts of HIGHLY FLAMMABLE gas and bursting pipes, etc. as soon as the water dissolves the capsule.

46. Ride a bicycle down a busy hall.

47. Save your book reports and essays. Give them to other students to use next year or re-use them yourself with different teachers.

48. Play with lighting and microphone controls during 'important' assemblies.

49. Flush things down the toilets (preferably faculty johns) like balloons filled with air, baseballs, M80's, huge amounts of toilet paper, etc. Then build an ark.

50. Start a campaign to have the letter Z appear everywhere as the mark of angry students.

51. You can short-circuit the school's wiring by taking a regular plug with a short cord attached. Connect the 2 wires with a switch between them. Plug it in, turn the switch on, and you've blown a fuse. Turn it off, pull it out, and try another. You don't have to use the switch, but if you don't sometimes the current will arc and weld the plug to the socket.

52. Set up a fake school and hire away the lousy teachers -- or put up notices inviting the entire school to a going away party for a teacher who isn't really leaving.

53. Read the school budget. Reprint and distribute a list of the stupid expenditures.

54. Take booze to lunch in a thermos and pass it around.

55. During some important test (SAT/ACT/etc. ) on each subject have some student who is good at that subject stand up and read the correct answers for as long as possible. When they're finished or silenced have someone else stand up and do the same thing. The test results will be worthless and it will have to be given over at great cost to the school.

56. Take down the American flag in front of the school and put up one of your own. The best way to do this is to lower the flag that's already up replace it with your flag and cut the rope about a foot below where the flag is attached. Then tie a slip knot around the other end of the rope that is hanging down to raise the flag. At this point there is no way your flag can be lowered without someone climbing up the flagpole.

57. Put alarm clocks in various lockers set on 'loudest'. Set the alarm clocks so they will go off about every 10 minutes then close and lock the lockers.

58. Have a group of people march around the school with a flag singing the Star Spangled Banner. If the administration tries to punish you telephone your local radio stations and patriotic groups and complain that your school is being run by pinkos.

59. In a class where there is a rule against chewing gum have everyone blow a bubble at the same time one day.

60. Many schools have automatic sprinkler systems which go off automatically when sensors in the ceiling feel too much heat. Find the sensors and hold up a match to them.

61. Persuade the graduating class to use their senior gift money for something useful or subversive.

62. Reprint School Stoppers Textbook in your underground paper or on a leaflet or buy bulk copies and pass them around.

63. Demand that all equipment being stored rather than being used be made available to students.

64. If your school won't have a teacher evaluation make up some forms and do it yourself. Compile the result and publicize them to students, faculty, school board, and community.

65. Use your 'free choice' book reports, term papers, etc. to read revolutionary literature and further the political education of you and your class.

66. Have a student lie on the ground. When a teacher comes scream 'he jumped' and point to the roof or third floor window. Mumble 'Fred dared him' or 'Maybe it was LSD.'

67. Make an address list of disliked adults in your school. Answer sex ads for them -- or order them a few gross items (C.O.D. of course).

68. Toss handfuls of BB's on the floors of busy halls, assemblies, graduation ceremonies, weddings, funerals.

69. Steal cafeteria trays or plates, burn large holes in them, and turn them into the school washer saying 'I guess the food did it'.

70. Leave phony letters of resignation from teachers or administrators on the principal's desk.

71. Get a small group to always carry screwdrivers and slowly dismantle the school.

72. Lots of bomb scares tend to break up the boredom especially during exams or on beautiful days.

73. Photograph teachers and administrators constantly -- even without film.

74. If you've got the nerve piss in your pants while giving an oral report.

75. Splice into your school's intercom system (from a remote hidden spot). Now you have your own guerilla radio station. Play on!

76. Drop large bottles of ether in science class.

77. Hang your teacher! Hang a hangman's noose from a tree - make a dummy and hang the dummy from the noose. Pin notes on it like 'Weatherbee in '73.' To add realism put holes in the body then let dilute ketchup trickle down.

78. Newspaper stands in buildings are usually left unguarded. Take out papers and replace with rotten comics or papers.

79. Put a rotten apple or stale sandwich on teacher's desk. That'll learn them!

80. If your school intercom has phones that connect into the intercom switchboard, put a small magnet either where the cord comes out of the handset or in the part where you hear. If the intercom just has a speaker, put the magnet near or on one of the electrical connections of the speaker. In either case it will short out the system. It may take weeks for them to find the trouble.

81. Take the door of the administration offices off its hinges but leave it standing there so that when the principal tries to open the door in the morning it will have a slightly crushing effect.

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Jul 18 2005 12:38

I am an admin here, and am proud to say I had nothing whatsoever to do with the AYN!

Having said that, a few of the ex-AYNers have indeed written a history and explanation of what it was, where it went, why they feel it failed, and what lessons those writing it feel they should pass on to the next set of people trying to set up an anarchist youth organisation.

I'll get people involved to reply here when I contact them next.

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Jul 18 2005 13:06

In my personal opinion the AYN was a bit shite and i quickly got fed up with it. However, it seems to have drawn in some people who're still actively involved so maybe it wasn't completely pointless.

i don't think the UK needs a youth group. There are already 3 national feds, why do we need another one?

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Jul 18 2005 13:47

I was well involved in the AYN, it was shite, met a load of cool peeps though, will write something more later...

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Jul 18 2005 13:58

OK, here's a short history of what happened...

A load of us that had been posting on the maydaywhiteoveralls list (the old Wombles one) got together and had a meeting in central London and started the network, the majority of the libcom admins were at that first meeting, we then started meeting now and then and were mainly just going on demo's and trying to produce propaganda. We had a fairly active e-mail list and produced a load of a leaflets, a one off newsletter, and we had a fairly good website but all we really did was walk around dressed in black on demo's.

The AYN was always a fairly loose network with very little theoretical unity, there was quite a big red vs. greens split (most of the libcom admins were on the red side wink) which I think held the network back a lot. Enrager.net then got started by one of us, the AYN web forum was hosted on it, but then the AYN fizzled out and those of us who're now doing the site decided to form a class struggle anarchist collective that would do a number of things such as screen printing t-shirts, making flags, and running this site.

This site has been the most successful of all the things we've done, and we haven't really done much else recently, we decided to change the name from enrager.net to libcom.org partly because it reflects the development of our politics.

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Jul 18 2005 16:35
gawkrodger wrote:
However, it seems to have drawn in some people who're still actively involved so maybe it wasn't completely pointless.
gawkrodger wrote:

i don't think the UK needs a youth group. There are already 3 national feds, why do we need another one?

Maybe you anwered your own question?

It's just a sound off gawk, it can't really be recreated, an like you've said parts were shit, but what's come out of it is good.

On the other 3 feds, they're not really accesible to most people, let alone the youth.

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Jul 18 2005 17:27
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On the other 3 feds, they're not really accesible to most people, let alone the youth.

Why not? They have addresses don't they?

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Jul 18 2005 17:37

as well as the email list, the ayn had a total of three summer gatherings. the first one was awesome in the radical dairy, we decided loads of stuff, very little of which actually got done in the end, i guess because people lost interest or something. like Tommy Ascaso said, most activity seemed to consist of dressing up in black on demos. if all the people who'd got in touch with the ayn had come and dressed up in black on the demos, we'd actually have had quite a big black block, but unfortunately (or fortunately) that never happened, i don't think there were ever more than 20 or maybe 30 max ayners on a demo.

the second ayn gathering was a total fiasco. it was in some squat near marble arch, which was well posh, but most of the people there weren't even vaguely interested in the ayn, shit though it was, the meetings had no direction, and the only one people seemed to show much interest in was the reds v. greens debate. basically it was a piss up masquerading as a meeting, and it was shit. also, that was where i first ate rice with a spanner that i was convinced was a screwdriver.

the third and last ayn gathering was last summer, and in birmingham for a change. it happened pretty much purely because i thought it would be amusing to have an ayn gathering in a nursery, and convinced brum activists to help me squat it. i think there were about 8 of us. it was nice enough, and at least we didn't make big grand plans, but none of the little things we decided on doing happened other than a small zine called black kitten. people just lost interest completely, but i think most people there were involved in stuff already, and still are.

although it was quite enjoyable, i met loads of cool people, and it probably helped me get involved in stuff, i don't really think there is a need for a seperate youth organisation. i suspect if there hadn't been the ayn i'd have met most of the people i did anyway, and it seems daft to seperate the struggles of "young" people from the rest of the population, especially when i don't think there's really that much intimidation of younger militants by older ones, if anything it's more the other way around. also, apart from the problem of defining who is eligible to be "youth", any such organisation inevitably has a high turnover, unless you have the dodgy situation of revo of it being controlled by a bunch of old men in some other organisation.

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Jul 18 2005 18:20
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i don't really think there is a need for a seperate youth organisation. i suspect if there hadn't been the ayn i'd have met most of the people i did anyway, and it seems daft to seperate the struggles of "young" people from the rest of the population, especially when i don't think there's really that much intimidation of younger militants by older ones, if anything it's more the other way around. also, apart from the problem of defining who is eligible to be "youth", any such organisation inevitably has a high turnover, unless you have the dodgy situation of revo of it being controlled by a bunch of old men in some other organisation.

more or less what i would say in answer to BB

I'm amazed the lack of organisation/lack of belief in the need for organisation was also pretty endemic.

Finally, just for the record i'd like to point out i only have one piece of black clothing, a grey and black hoody

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Jul 18 2005 20:20

I just thought I'd say, I pretty much agree with Tommy Ascaso and gen terror on what they said about AYN. I enjoyed being in AYN and I think it helped me, but as people have said there wasn't any theoretical unity and such.

If it wasn't for AYN I dont think I could ever say I saw someone eat rice with a spanner though.

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Jul 18 2005 22:34

is that thread still around from the last AYN gathering? that was fucking hysterical smile smile

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Jul 18 2005 23:04

I assume it got deleted with the rest of the stuff on the AYN board here.

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Jul 19 2005 05:11

I don't get the point of a youth network, surely if somebody is mature enough to have fully worked out, coherent political ideas, there's no reason they should be compartmentalised into some faction for da yoot?

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Jul 19 2005 10:19

I loved the AYN. I went to the second gathering and I thought it was the best thing ever. It definately helped shape my politics a lot and I met a bunch of cool people too. I think, personaly when I found it, it looked a lot more appealing than the other fed sites. Maybe it shouldn't have anything to do with age but I was 14 when I got into anarchism and the AYN just seemed "really cool yeah awesome" compared to some others.

Plus I had a rad 15th birthday and got to watch GT eat food with a spanner.

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Jul 19 2005 10:59

so we can summarise the achievements of the ayn as:

- it was fun for a bit

- we met some cool people

- people got to see me eating food with a spanner

oh, and i almost forgot, i would never have made hardcore riot porno volume 1, raising nearly £300 for prisoners, if i hadn't been in the ayn.

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Jul 19 2005 11:02

have you got any riot porn left?

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Jul 19 2005 12:12

my friend should have the last 5 videos somewhere, i'm meeting him tonight, i'll ask him what he's done with them. but i think they're reserved by class war, but you can always get somr off them. i'm debating whether to make volume 2 actually, i have some good stuff to put on it, and it's good practice for producing and stuff, but last time it took all fucking summer, so unless i find a better program to stick it together with i'm not sure i can be bothered. apart from the time it was a good way of raising money though...

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Jul 19 2005 16:47

looking at from outside i always thought AYN was a good idea - sure most of their plans didnt come to much - but the fact so many of them are still involved is a testament to some success

there is probably a need for an anarchist youth group, but the only people who can set one up are young anarchos

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Jul 19 2005 17:00

you mean like grace & jess?

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Jul 19 2005 17:08
oisleep wrote:
you mean like grace & jess?

banding together for mutual protection from jack would be a sensible precaution yes

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Jul 19 2005 19:12
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you mean like grace & jess?

banding together for mutual protection from jack would be a sensible precaution yes

or just banding together for the sheer hell of it!

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Jul 19 2005 19:54
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Obligatory posting of the REAL history of the AYN...

8)

http://www.libcom.org/lib/official-anarchist-youth/

Sign me up!

Perhaps us new, COOL kids can see the need for controlling gender ratios even if you old folks can't.

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Jul 19 2005 20:30
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Perhaps us new, COOL kids can see the need for controlling gender ratios even if you old folks can't.

What we need is an all new girly AYN - me, you, grace and shoes...

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Jul 19 2005 20:50
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You could have pinks bows and EVERYTHING.

And talk about knitting and kittens and controlling gender ratios!

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Jul 19 2005 21:47
Thora wrote:
Jess wrote:
Perhaps us new, COOL kids can see the need for controlling gender ratios even if you old folks can't.

What we need is an all new girly AYN - me, you, grace and shoes...

And me!

Or am I too old...and male? cry

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Jul 19 2005 21:55

The problem of you maleness can be quickly solved with a sharp knife. Still want to join?

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Jul 19 2005 22:07

...and I was so in favour of a new anarchist group until a couple of seconds ago.

I'm off to join a proper organisation; The Anarchist Federation!! 8)

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The problem of you maleness can be quickly solved with a sharp knife. Still want to join?

You can alter my DNA with a knife?

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Volin wrote:
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I'm off to join a proper organisation; The Anarchist Federation!! 8)

that would be a sensible choice wink