Prague, September 2002

naked man B WThousands of people converged on the Czech Republic at the end of September 2000 for the 55th Annual Meeting of the World Bank Group and the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which was taking place in Prague from the 26th-28th September. There were about twenty thousand of the world's bankers, economists and investors; about ten thousand of the world's anti-capitalists, socialists, anarchists and anti-globalisers; and about eleven thousand cops (a quarter of the total Czech police force) trying to stop the one getting to the other...

On the Attack in Prague!

Against the IMF and the World Bank

 

Thousands of people converged on the Czech Republic at the end of September 2000 for the 55th Annual Meeting of the World Bank Group and the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which was taking place in Prague from the 26th-28th September. There were about twenty thousand of the world's bankers, economists and investors; about ten thousand of the world's anti-capitalists, socialists, anarchists and anti-globalisers; and about eleven thousand cops (a quarter of the total Czech police force) trying to stop the one getting to the other...

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Dancing into Danger

Pink and Silver Route Report

pink

Most UK activists arrived in Prague in the last few days leading up to S26. Several people had brought huge drums into the country with the intention of providing a mobile up-for-it samba band for the big day, and another group calling themselves 'Tactical Frivolity' had brought materials to make pink and silver dancing costumes. Others smuggled in radios, phones, flags, gas masks and other tools of the trade. We turned out to be one of the most well equipped groups.

After several discussions it was decided that we didn't want to go with the INPEG plan and slot into the three designated routes to the Conference Centre (Blue - dangerously enclosed with no escape route; Yellow - already taken care of by Ya Basta!; Red - full of Trots), but wanted to form our own route... the Pink and Silver route. We spent the remaining few hours practising samba breaks and desperately trying hard to set up an intricate, non-hierarchical, consultative communications structure, involving cycle-scouts, signal flags, affinity group reps and spokescouncils.

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Block Rocking Beats

cops on fire 2

Blue Route Report

Arriving at the meeting point for the various different routes, we wandered around for a while trying to find the blue route/black block people. We eventually found the dodgy looking men and women in black lurking around a patch of trees that provided a bit of cover from the constant helicopter surveillance.

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Ya Bastar(rds)

ya basta in action

Yellow Route Report

On the 26th, the yellow march was led by an Italian group called Ya Basta!, who have made quite a name for themselves by dressing up in white overalls with lots of padding and protective armour and taking on lines of riot cops in this bizarre 'Michelin Man' get-up.

About five hundred Ya Basta! people were in front, followed by another two thousand or so activists from various different groups such as the PKK, Basque separatists, Spanish anarchists, unionists and international socialists.

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Here Comes the Barmy Army

barmy army 3

Pink and Silver on the Warpath

The mainly British pink and silver section of the march was kind of funny in a way. It felt like marching along the streets with the contents of your local nightclub crossed with It's a Knockout and an anarcho version of Dad's Army. At the heart of the column was a samba band and a load of dancers all decked out in pink and silver carnival costumes. This was followed by a few hundred strong rag-tag bunch of Earth First! and Reclaim the Streets people and our assorted friends and relations.

It was all headed up by a mini black bloc laden with bravado and carrying a reinforced pink and silver banner made of doubled-over tarp bolted onto wooden staves with handles with SAMBA! painted on it. Although you would have thought if we were carrying a banner through Prague we might at least have had something useful and relevant (and preferably in Czech) written on it.

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Time to Take The Gloves Off

Fuck the Civil, Lets get Disobedient!

burning barricade

To the vast majority of those that were there, the actions against the IMF and World Bank in Prague in September 2000 were a resounding success. Not only was the scythe of global privatisation, dollarisation and misappropriation temporarily wrested from the hands of the blood-letters meeting in the Prague Conference Centre, S26 saw an international, disparate but united, revolutionary bloc acting as an organised unit on the streets of the Bohemian capital. So why were the loudest shouters in the activist community (in the loosest sense of the word 'community') hell-bent on convincing the world that the day's actions were a failure?

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Communications in Prague

Given that there were going to be thousands of people in large groups taking different routes at the same time to the same destination, co-ordination of information for the day was going to be vital. For this there was a well thought out and well enacted system of communications, both physical and electronic.

Cycle couriers with mobile phones and/or two-way radios ran messages and ferried equipment, and there were several cycle medics too. Cycles are ideal for their speed and unfollowability. They go down alleys and cut through traffic, avoiding cops in vehicles and too fast for cops on foot.

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Bashing the GE-nie Back in the Bottle

bottleBorders No Barrier to Sabotage

The last year has seen a global expansion of resistance to genetic technology. Across the world shadows in the moonlight have razed GE crop trials to the ground. Spades, sticks, scythes, sickles and fire have brought in the harvest. Doors have splintered as labs are broken into. Pies have been aimed at the arrogance of the powerful. Harassment and disruption has greeted the biotech industry wherever it has gathered...

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Struggles South of the Pyrenees

Radical Social Movements in the Spanish State

March 2000: Shipyard workers in Gijón get mildly annoyed.

After decades of fascist dictatorship in the Spanish state, there was a huge upturn in struggle in the 1970s. Popular movements and autonomous workplace activity, strikes and mass demos were eventually defused by the 'democratic consensus' of the political parties and unions in the transition to constitutional democracy. In recent years the level of struggle has looked tame compared with the upheavals of the 70s, but in some areas important social and ecological battles are being fought.

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The Spanish Revolution

The Civil War of 1936-39

Spain in the 1930s was a time of rising social conflict between the increasingly radical workers and the conservative establishment. Strikes, insurrections and political assassinations were commonplace throughout the country and both sides in the class war felt that events were approaching some sort of a climax. The catalyst for this proved to be the election of a left wing government in 1936 - its half-hearted reforms proved even less effective at containing resistance than the previous right wing repression, and conservative and fascist elements in the army led by General Francisco Franco launched a coup in July 1936. The Republican government hesitated, unsure of how to respond to the take-over attempt - having lost control of large sections of the army, the only force capable of resisting the fascists was the organised workers, but in most areas government officials saw a fascist coup as a better option than arming revolutionary workers. Partly spontaneously and partly organised through the two main unions; the CNT (one and half million members at its largest and strongly influenced by the anarchist federation, the FAI) and the socialist UGT (of a similar size but considerably more timid), people began looting gun shops and bringing out weapons stored after previous bloody strikes and took on the fascist army units. In some areas, through threats or persuasion local governors released weapons to the workers. In others, people took on the army with whatever came to hand, usually with predictable results. After several days of fighting, the army emerged victorious in some parts, the workers in others and the stage was set for a bloody civil war between the two zones.

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Reflections on Biocentrism

Impressions of UK EF! by a Roving Americanwolf

I had a bit of a weird experience at the UK Earth First! Winter Moot in January 2000. After hearing a lot of brilliant (and at times not so brilliant) discussion on topics such as social revolution, global resistance to capitalism, anarchist theory and the fine art of snogging, it struck me that I hadn't heard one word about other species aside from humans.

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State of Terror

"Compared with the wholesale violence of capital and government, political acts of violence are but a drop in the ocean." - Emma Goldman [1]

The Terrorism Act 2000 received Royal Assent on 24th July 2000 and will come into effect on the UK mainland in the spring of 2001. The Act redefines 'terrorism' to include damage to property and introduces a range of tough measures designed to combat this. It is clear from the Act that direct action can now be legally classified as terrorism.

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Action Stations

Action Stations

This article explains some of the things to think about when planning an action. It's been written for smaller affinity group actions, rather than for mass street mobilisations. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide that has to be strictly followed, but more a list of things that might need to be sorted out for an action to happen successfully. Remember, in the best tradition of transferable skills and multitasking, many of the ideas mentioned here could be used in other areas of subversive activity. Eco-bank robbers anyone?

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May Day

[ Map of central London, centred on the Houses of Parliament ]

Guerrilla? Gardening?

"If anti-capitalism can draw fewer than 6,000 to central London on a rain-free bank holiday, and find no better targets than a statue of a dead Tory prime minister and a branch of McDonald's, capitalism ought to be rather pleased with itself."

Indeed.

On May 1st 2000, about 6,000 people met at Parliament Square for an advertised 'guerrilla gardening' anti-capitalist global day of action. A minority of the crowd dug up the grass of Parliament Square and planted seeds and shrubs, while probably the majority moved up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square where they were blocked in by the police. There was a small amount of confrontation with the police, some statues and war memorials were graffitied and a branch of McDonald's and some other shops got smashed up. It was all over the newspapers the next day which made a great deal of the graffiti done to the statues and war memorials. A lot of people got arrested, not much was achieved and it was not generally considered to have been a brilliant success.

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Big Tree Picture

O're the smooth enameld green, Where no print of step hath been, Follow me as I sing...
Under the shady roof, Of branching Elm Star-proof, Follow me...

- John Milton, from 'Arcades' (1645)

Black Autonomy

Civil Rights, the Panthers and Today

Also in this section:

In May 2000 two anarchist ex-Black Panthers from America did a British speaking tour. Lorenzo KomBoa Ervin and JoNina Abron talked to groups ranging from white anarchos to mass black meetings on police racism. Between them they have 70 years of political activity spanning lives that have included everything from teaching at a revolutionary community school to hijacking a plane and taking it to Cuba. They conceded to being interviewed in sunny Brighton after a record buying spree (for their pirate radio station) to dazzle the gods. Both are now involved in the Black Autonomy Network of Community Organisers.

Bobby Hutton demonstrates the Panthers’ patrolling the police programme. Hutton was the Panthers’ first recruit and first martyr.

Perhaps you could tell us how you both got radicalised?

 

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Burning All Illusions

LA Insurrections 1965/1992

1965

August 13th-16th 1965: the blacks of LA revolted. An incident between traffic police and pedestrians developed into two days of spontaneous riots. Despite increasing reinforcements, the forces of order were unable to regain control of the streets. By the third day the blacks had armed themselves by looting gun stores, enabling them to fire even on police helicopters. It took thousands of police and soldiers - including an entire infantry division supported by tanks - to confine the riot to the Watts area, and several more days of street fighting to finally bring it under control. Thousands of stores were plundered and burned. Official sources listed 32 dead (including 27 blacks), more than 800 wounded and 3,000 arrests...

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Animal Antics

In the Bally of the Beast

"Huge numbers of grunting cod have been blamed by Norwegian scientists for posing a risk to the country's military security. According to a recent analysis, millions of tiny grunting sounds emitted by the cod during the mating season can create background noise loud enough to blot out sounds of suspicious maritime activity. The fish are overriding sonar systems, making it almost impossible to navigate safely under the waters of the Norwegian Sea." - Bizarre magazine, No.18, March 1999.

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Running to Stand Still

Globalisation, Blagging and the Dole

Over the years the government has helpfully financed many campaigns and actions against itself. Lots of people in the direct action movement rely on dole money from the state in order to survive. However, over the last few years there has been a big shake up of the welfare state. What has our response been to this? How will it affect us? And has the supply of free money finally run dry?

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Resisting the WTO - Introduction

November 30th 1999

The mobilisation against the Third Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which took place in Seattle in November 1999 has been hailed across the globe as a victory. For four days tens of thousands brought chaos to the streets of Seattle, shutting down the Conference’s opening ceremony, defying the National Guard and braving the tear gas. Meanwhile people across the globe were taking co-ordinated action against a common enemy: the neoliberal economy.

Capitalism? No Thanks! We will burn your fucking banks!

November 30th, 1999: A Global Day of Action, Resistance, and Carnival

What follows is the original proposal for the Global Day of Action on Tuesday November 30th 1999, the first day of the Third Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation which took place in Seattle, Washington, USA. The proposal was drafted, debated and amended on the June 18th (J18) e-mail discussion list and distributed across the globe.

November 30th, 1999
A Global Day of Action, Resistance, and Carnival Against the Global Capitalist System

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Stateless in Seattle

What follows is the text of a recently completed email interview with a woman who has been involved in Earth First! (EF!) in the States over the past few years and was involved in the mobilisation against the WTO last year. What took place in Seattle has inspired people across the globe. It is hoped that this interview, and the accompanying articles, will help to increase the understanding of what happened over those few days last winter, whilst demystifying the process which allowed the Seattle events to unfold in the way that they did.

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Black Bloc Communique

What follows is an extract from a communiqué published by one section of the black bloc in Seattle on November 30th.

On November 30, a loosely organised cluster of affinity groups/individuals in black bloc attacked corporate targets in downtown Seattle. For over five hours, corporate property was strategically and opportunistically destroyed and defaced by a black bloc which remained constantly in motion, avoided engaging with police, buddied up and watched each other's backs (de-arresting those attacked by federal thugs).

 

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This Is What Anarchy Looks Like (!?)

Reflections On Mass Protest in Amerika

Before Seattle, I had come to feel totally disillusioned with demonstrations, public protests and both the concept and practice of 'mass organising'. For the most part I'd found them to be more disempowering than empowering, and felt that the energy put into them would be much better spent on other forms of action.

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Countdown to the Battle of Seattle

An Incomplete Chronology

Manila, The Philippines, November 30th

For months before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) were due to meet in Seattle, people began to prepare for one of the largest and best co-ordinated efforts to resist capital's expansion for decades. What follows is a brief and incomplete chronology of events leading up to N30.

February 1999, Bay Area, California, USA

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Vampire Alert!

The Revolution will not be Bolshevised

Soon after the global day of action on June 18th 1999, the Socialist Workers' Party (SWP) started to take a keen interest in the 'direct action movement' generally and anti-globalisation issues specifically. Obviously pissed off that they'd let 15,000 people smash up the City of London without any of their paper sellers around to tell people about the 'socialist alternative', they targeted the action on November 30th (N30) as the next big thing.

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Resources and Further Reading

Although every effort has been made to make this (somewhat lengthy) section as comprehensive as possible, the enormity of what took place in Seattle and around the world on N30 could not hope to be summarised in one publication. Whilst we hope that this section has been useful, there are numerous other web-sites, publications and articles which you may find interesting. Here are a few resources we think are worth having a look at.

Web Resources

Direct Action Network/Art and Revolution

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It's All Kicking Off

The Radical History of Football

 

Traditional Shrove Tuesday football in Alnwick, Northumberland.

There are some questions about football that may remain forever obscured by the murky, swirling mists of Years Gone By. Like who exactly decided that Bob Wilson was a natural TV presenter. Or how it ever came to pass that Chris Sutton thought he was too good for the England B team. Or how much exactly Man. United have to pay the referee for every minute of Mystery Stoppage Time. Oh yeah, and there's a few other bits and bobs as well. Like why did football ever happen in the first place, how did it end up like it is today and what has any of it got to do with Doing or Dying for the global resistance movement?

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Carry on Camping

Reports from UK Direct Action Camps

This is a listing of the direct action camps that have been set up, or have continued to be occupied, since the last issue of Do or Die was published in August 1999. As well as new camps, some of the older ones are still there - whereas some have won and moved on and some have been evicted. Last year's Do or Die had news from 34 direct action camps - in this issue there are only 10.

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Amazonian Adventures!

A Report from the 1999 Encuentro

In 1996 the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) invited various individuals, groups, movements and political parties from around the world to meet in Chiapas, Mexico to discuss the commonalities in their diverse struggles. Called the 'Encuentro [1] for humanity and against neoliberalism' it drew thousands of people from the world over. An Encuentro for the Americas only was held in Brasil [2] during December 1999. Here is a report from one of the two UK people who attended as observers [3].

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Give up Activism

Pavlov is alive and well...

In 1999, in the aftermath of the June 18th global day of action, a pamphlet called Reflections on June 18th was produced by some people in London, as an open-access collection of "contributions on the politics behind the events that occurred in the City of London on June 18, 1999". Contained in this collection was an article called 'Give up Activism' which has generated quite a lot of discussion and debate both in the UK and internationally, being translated into several languages and reproduced in several different publications.[1] Here we republish the article together with a new postscript by the author addressing some comments and criticisms received since the original publication.

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Give up Activism: Postscript

 

Many of the articles printed in the Reflections on June 18th pamphlet repeated almost to the onset of tedium that capitalism is a social relation and isn't just to do with big banks, corporations or international financial institutions. It's an important point and worth making, but 'Give up Activism' had other fish to fry.

Therefore the conclusion reached by these other articles was the point of departure for this one - if it is true that capitalism is a social relation based in production and in the relations between classes then what implications does this have for our activity and for our method of attacking it? The basic kernel of the piece and the initial idea that inspired the writing of it is the 'Form and Content' section. It had occurred to many people that there was something a little odd about a 'day of action against capitalism'. The original inspiration behind the article was an attempt to pin down what it was that made the idea appear a little odd, incongruous, contradictory.

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Rebelling Against our Domestication

Towards a Feral Revolution!

When I was a very young child, my life was filled with intense pleasure and a vital energy that caused me to feel what I experienced to the full. I was the centre of this marvellous, playful existence and felt no need to rely on anything but my own living experience to fulfil me. I felt intensely, I experienced intensely, my life was a festival of passion and pleasure. My disappointments and sorrows were also intense. I was born a free, wild being in the midst of a society based upon domestication.

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The Lowdown on Lockdown

Striking Back Against the Prison State

"WELCOME TO THE CLAMPDOWN... Constant CCTV surveillance, more police weapons, zero tolerance, dissidents facing terrorist treatment, the new top cop at the Met comes to us direct from Special Branch. Every year they bring out more laws - to outlaw more protests, pleasures and survival or to make the punishments more severe. Every year the police have more weapons and power. Every year the state extends its controlling tentacles into more areas of life. And every year they build more prisons..."

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The Indomitable Gaul!

World's Greatest Prison Escapes No. 1: Jacques Mesrine

 

The daring and audacious publicity-hungry bank robber and kidnapper Jacques Mesrine has to be one of the all-time greatest prison escapees. In the 60s and 70s he became a folk hero in his native France, known as ‘the Robin Hood of the Paris streets’ for his daredevil raids and for the inability of the entire French police force to catch or hold on to him. He kidnapped and robbed the rich and powerful and even gave away some of the wealth he stole to the homeless.

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Prisoners of War

This is an incomplete list of imprisoned radical ecologists, anarchists, Black Liberation activists, animal liberationists, anti-fascists and others we feel an affinity with. We think that they, and others like them, deserve our full support. This list was compiled in November 2000 and since then some prisoners may have been released or moved. For more up to date information we have included the contact details for some active UK and international prisoner support organisations.

UK Prisoners

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Beaten Up, Fitted Up, Locked Up

Mark Barnsley and the Pomona Incident - A Miscarriage of Justice

 

Pamphlet available for £2.00 (cheques/postal orders made payable to 'Justice for Mark Barnsley') from: Plain Wordz, PO Box 381, Huddersfield HD1 3XX, UK.

Mark Barnsley is a working class anarchist from Sheffield who stumbled into a nightmare whilst out for a quiet drink with a friend and his baby daughter on June 8th 1994. After some verbal abuse, a gang of drunk students attacked him, completely unprovoked. They chased him, kicking him on the ground and causing many injuries. During the attack one of them pulled out a knife, which, fearing for his life, Mark managed to grab and hold on to. Even though he didn't brandish it, this ended up being the basis of his conviction for assault. In a trial marked by contradictions on behalf of the students (who had good lawyers), a biased judge and a hate campaign by the local newspaper The Sheffield Star against Mark, he was found guilty of Grevious Bodily Harm (GBH) and sentenced to 12 years in prison. None of the students were ever charged.

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Prisoner Support Groups

UK Prisoner Support Groups

Animal Liberation Front Supporters Group (ALFSG)
BCM 1160
London WC1N 3XX

Brighton Anarchist Black Cross (ABC)
c/o 6 Tilbury Place
Brighton BN2 2GY
Web: http://www.schnews.org.uk/prisoners/
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Support for anarchist and class struggle prisoners.

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Beasts of Burden: Capitalism - Animals - Communism

Review

 

Beasts of Burden: Capitalism - Animals - Communism
Published by Antagonism Press, c/o BM Makhno, London WC1N 3XX, UK
Paperback / 32pp / Free / No ISBN

Whether you liked the music or not, the anarcho-punk scene was undoubtedly a major force in the radical politics and culture of the 1980s. It helped to revive the largely moribund anti-nuclear and anarchist movements, triggered an upsurge in militant animal liberation, and played a role in industrial disputes like the miners' strike and Wapping, as well as in the resistance to the poll tax. Its influence can still be felt today (and not just in increased sales of smack and super strong lager), for instance in the way it has contributed to the emergence of Earth First! and ecological struggles throughout the 1990s.

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Wild Britain: A Traveller's Guide

Review

 

Y Grib Goch ar doriad gwawr, Snowdonia, North Wales. Site of the Earth First! Summer Gathering in 2000, and, according to Douglas Botting, "guerrilla country if it ever came to it."

Wild Britain: A Traveller's Guide
by Douglas Botting
Sheldrake Press, London, 1999
Paperback / 224pp / £12.50 / ISBN 1-873329-31-8

Wild Britain does exactly what it says on the tin: it's an exhaustively researched and beautifully illustrated guide to the best bits of this country, crammed with practical advice on how to escape the brutal tyranny of the teashop theme park. The hills are alive with the sound of Gore-Tex - but Douglas Botting is smarter than the average 'peak freak', making this more than just a guide book. It's garnished with playful anecdotes from his years of roaming the British outback, a wealth of direct experience which leads him to reflect on what 'wildness' means in our apparently inimical setting.

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Cultures of Resistance

Review

 

Cultures of Resistance
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Paperback / 110pp / £3.00 / No ISBN

In late 1999 an art exhibition with a difference took place at a squatted venue near Tower Bridge in London. Cultures of Resistance brought together political artists and performers for a week long celebration of collective creativity. The event was enjoyed so much that a second exhibition - Cultures of Persistence - took place in early January 2000.

This beautifully put together book describes itself as "a collection of the art and inspirations that went into the space at Tower Bridge Road. It also reaches broader into different aspects of underground culture which are all, at the end of the day, interconnected." I think this is why this book is so striking and so unusual. It reminds us of the oft forgotten creative side of our struggles, whilst situating it in a highly politicised context, blurring the boundaries between direct action and art.

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Guy Debord

Review

 

Guy Debord
by Anselm Jappe
English translation by University of California Press, London, 1999
Paperback / 188pp / £11.50 / ISBN 0-520-21205-3

During the events of May 1968 in France, the Situationists claimed (with a degree of justification) that their ideas were in everybody's heads. In the 'revolutionary/direct-action' milieu it would probably be true to say that ideas about the Situationists are in most peoples' heads - mostly that they wrote obscure, incomprehensible books and had something to do with the worker and student revolts in France; the flip side of that attitude being an interest or knowledge that sometimes borders on obsession. The Situationist International (SI) - of which Debord was one of the founders, and arguably its most lastingly important theorist, has made an extremely important contribution to revolutionary theory in the last thirty years. Concepts such as the 'Spectacle' and their incisive analyses of the alienation and misery present in life and work in affluent capitalist society, as well as the role played by revolutionaries (and those who claim to be) have if anything become more relevant as time has passed. They deserve to be read and understood by as many people as possible and not to be left in the hands of a few 'specialists'. As Jappe points out, they are one of the few political groups from their time not to have disappeared into historical oblivion; "...it is clear that the Situationists were the only people at that time to develop a theory and to a lesser extent a practice whose interest is not merely historiographical but remains a potential relevance today." (p.81) I think that it's something of an overstatement to say they were the only group; for example the autonomia movement in Italy was extremely important theoretically and even more so practically. In that, as with the SI, its historical moment has passed, there is plenty to be salvaged and reworked for the present situation.

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Elements of Refusal

Review

 

Elements of Refusal
by John Zerzan
Second Edition, 1999 by CAL Press/Paleo Editions, POB 1446, Columbia, MO 65205, USA
Paperback / 308pp / $14.95 / ISBN 1-890532-01-0

'"They want to start a conflagration from these little brushfires," an FBI officer said, referring to one gang from Eugene, Oregon, prominent in the Seattle confrontations. "They are a strange bunch, no one really knows who they are. We call them the Forces of Darkness."' - from the UK newspaper the Evening Standard, December 1st 1999.

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On Organisation: in This World We Must Leave and Other Essays

Review

 

On Organisation: in This World We Must Leave and Other Essays
by Jacques Camatte
Autonomedia, New York, USA, 1995
Paperback / 256pp / £5.95 / ISBN 1-57027-020-1

Originally published in the French journal Invariance (Annee V, Serie II, No.2), 'On Organisation' is an open letter written in 1969 by Jacques Camatte and Gianni Collu to explain why they felt revolutionaries had to reject the form of political groups and organisations that had normally been their home. Camatte is part of a tradition of left communism that has existed alongside, and fiercely criticised, the better known tendencies of Leninism and Trotskyism, arguing that the ideas that are usually passed off as communist or Marxist are in fact neither. Being an offspring of Marxism however, the useful criticisms and analyses that this tradition has to offer are usually filled with so much jargon and academic language that they end up being ignored, which is in many ways a shame. This World We Must Leave, as one example, has many challenging ideas for those prepared to make the effort.

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The Zapatistas: A Rough Guide

Review

 

The Zapatistas: A Rough Guide
Published by Chiapaslink, PO Box 79, 82 Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5BB, UK
Paperback / 96pp / £5.00 and £1.50 postage / ISBN 0-907367-99-2

For all those up in arms about Do or Die endorsing eco-tourism, calm down. This book is not part of the official Rough Guide series. It was written by people from various British ecological and social direct action groups who went to Mexico in 1998, wanting to observe and support the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas. This book is one of the outcomes of their trip, and is intended to "educate, depress, inspire, and anger the reader, while suggesting what we can individually and collectively do to change things". In my totally unbiased opinion, I believe that it does all of the above and more. It gives an inspiring account of the Zapatista uprising, whilst at the same time providing vital practical advice on how to help. This is done by drawing on written and photographic accounts of the uprising from people who have spent time in Zapatista communities, bringing a much needed personal touch to the book, which is absent from many other dry political histories and critiques of the Zapatistas.

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SchQUALL

Review

 

SchQUALL
Published by SchNEWS, c/o PO Box 2600, Brighton BN2 2DX, UK
Paperback / 266pp / £8.50 including postage / ISBN 0-9529748-3-5

Emerging out of the Brighton wing of the anti-Criminal Justice Bill campaign, the first issue of the witty, direct action focused newsletter SchNEWS hit the streets in late 1994. Over six years later and the impressive weekly production schedule continues - with no sign of the creeping stagnation and irrelevance so common with some of the more theory-based publications.

 

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Anarchism, Marxism and the Future of the Left: Interviews and Essays 1993-1998

Review

 

Anarchism, Marxism and the Future of the Left: Interviews and Essays 1993-1998
by Murray Bookchin
AK Press, Edinburgh and San Francisco, 1999

As Murray Bookchin's latest testament to himself as one of the great thinkers of the 20th Century, this book could be more accurately entitled 'Anachronism, Marxism and the Suture of what's Left'. It is also his latest apoplectic rejoinder to the plentiful and vociferous critics who are apparently trying to secure our illustrious author an early grave.

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SchQUALL (2)

Review

 

SchQUALL
Published by SchNEWS, c/o PO Box 2600, Brighton BN2 2DX, UK
Paperback / 266pp / £8.50 including postage / ISBN 0-9529748-3-5

Emerging out of the Brighton wing of the anti-Criminal Justice Bill campaign, the first issue of the witty, direct action focused newsletter SchNEWS hit the streets in late 1994. Over six years later and the impressive weekly production schedule continues - with no sign of the creeping stagnation and irrelevance so common with some of the more theory-based publications.

 

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Lettuce to the Cabbage

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