Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed #75

April 11th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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Book reviews (Why I am not A Scientist, The Spanish Holocaust, Fire and Flames) by Lawrence Jarach, an essay on empire and anxiety (citing Marx, Bonanno, Vaneigem, Kropotkin and the Midnight Notes Collective, among others) called “Eight Theses on the Affective Structure of the Present Conjuncture”, Bob Black revisiting work, Uri Gordan on ” Insurrectionary Patriotism and the Defusion of Dissent”, as well as letters, media reviews and the ever-popular survey.

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Baedan 2: A Journal of Queer Heresy

April 9th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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Another beautiful edition of Baedan, fresh off the printers.

With a new subtitle (heresy rather than nihilism), artwork throughout by Harry Clark, continuing references to Guy Hocquengham and an on-going appreciation of hostility, this project continues to inspire. Pieces included are “Against the Gendered Nightmare”, “Unlike the God of Human Error”, “the Anti-Chamber”, and “Violations”.

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Disruptive Elements: The Extremes of French Anarchism

April 9th, 2014  |  Published in Things

Disruptive Elements: The Extremes of French Anarchism

A dense compendium of old and brand-new translations of a dizzying array of names from the individualist anarchist tendency, mostly from early 20th Century France. New translations from Wolfi Landstreicher, Shawn Wilbur, and vincent stone. Anyone who is interested in this tendency, fans of My Own, Enemies of Society, Stirner’s works, etc., will find much to enjoy and fodder for future research in this book.

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The Most Dangerous Idea: Selected Insurrectionary Writings

April 9th, 2014  |  Published in Things

The Most Dangerous Idea: Selected Insurrectionary Writings by Alfredo M. Bonanno

Continuing the reprint of most of the Elephant Editions titles for a U.S. audience, some collected pieces by Bonanno.

Includes “From Riot to Insurrection”, “Anarchism and the Insurrectional Project”, “Revolution, Violence, Anti-authoritarianism: a few notes”, and “Why a Vanguard”.

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I Saw Fire: Reflections on Riot, Revolt and The Black Bloc

April 9th, 2014  |  Published in Things

I Saw Fire: Reflections on Riot, Revolt and The Black Bloc by Doug Gilbert

In a period of global unrest that topples governments and calls into question the capitalist system, no one has been more demonized by both the State and the official Left than the anarchists and their use of the ‘black bloc.’ Yet, from the streets of Egypt to the plazas of Brazil, the tactic is growing in popularity. From behind the balaclava, Doug Gilbert discusses riots and revolt from the teargas filled streets of Oakland, California during the Occupy movement to Phoenix, Arizona facing down Neo-Nazi skinheads. Discussing violence, social change, and organization at length, Gilbert examines why many young people are turning away from the organizations which have historically sold-out the working class—and starting a riot of their own.

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Canenero

March 10th, 2014  |  Published in Things

Canenero was a newspaper in Italy started during the time of the Marini Trials, and inspired by the problems of anarchists in that time and place.

This book is a selection of the articles from the paper that are relevant to today in the US anarchist scene. Translated by Wolfi Landstreicher, this newspaper is what inspired Landstreicher to learn and start translating Italian in the first place, and this title includes newly translated pieces, as well as some of the first things he ever translated.

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Sic 2: International Journal for Communisation

March 7th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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Sic aims to be a locus for unfolding the problematic of communisation.

It comes from the encounter of individuals involved in various projects in different countries: among these are the journals Endnotes, published in the UK and the US, Blaumachen in Greece, Riff-Raff in Sweden, and certain more or less informal theoretical groups in the US (New York and San Francisco).

Sic is an international theoretical project, not a homogeneous group. Differences of opinion are welcome and eagerly put to discussion: they should come as no surprise. However, a common ground does exist, and it does differentiate Sic from other currents. Sic is an open project. Openness is of course no panacea, and a helpful mutual explanation and understanding is not a specialty of the society we all are part of.

Crisis has become a household word and the attack on the value of labour power an everyday reality. Such an attack had already been stamped on capitalism’s genetic code by the restructuring of the ’70s–’80s, but the crisis of restructured capitalism gave it an enormous impetus. Communisation is no longer being perceived as an exotic beast, and it even tends at times to become a fashionable word. It is almost obvious that the world of our days, matter and soul alike, is the world actually produced by and for capital; that, therefore, workers and their products would have never existed as such if capital had not called them into existence in the first place; that working people’s demands have nowadays become asystemic or, in other words, a scandal akin to high treason; that proletarians are forced to defend their condition against capital but, in this struggle, actions that hurt capital are also actions that tend to call into question the proletarian condition; that communism cannot possibly be conceived as a program to be realised, but only as the historical product of proletariat’s struggle against capital and, at the same token, against its own class belonging; etc., etc. All this is reassuringly easy to show, almost worryingly so in fact.

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What’s New from LBC – Winter 2014

February 19th, 2014  |  Published in Monthly updates

As this year begins–our third of publishing at least a book a month–we think we have found an answer to the pernicious question: what is the task for committed rabble-rousers when nothing else is going on? The answer is to recuperate, review, and prepare. Our way of approaching each of these is to Publish Books.

The innovation for this year is the publication of a series of journals that we believe will hit all of these themes, including a literary journal, a review of the past year, poetics, a strategic rapprochement, and a theoretical journal or two. We will be generating new ways to deeply investigate and interrogate what has come before and to plan for a more compelling practice, one that doesn’t look like leftist activism, wishful adventurism, or hipster don’t-careism.

Additionally we have another dozen or so books planned this year on themes like living a life in hostility to the world that is, communization theory, a history or two, an anthology or six, and collaborations with other editorial groups like the Institute for Experimental Freedom, Cal Press, Black Seed, The Institute For The Study of Insurgent Warfare, Cruel Hospice, and more. We continue to do what we do and look forward to something else going on too.

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Egoism

As a publishing project we are interested in smashing into dust the stupid discussions about (and distinctions between) the individual vs the community (and perhaps sprinkling this dust into our coffee to fuel us for other fights). This smashing must begin with a major corrective: ninety percent of all discussions about this set of topics begins with unclear jargonistic assumptions. Egoism can be forgiven its excesses if it can correct the sloppy thinking and ideological bullying of the communitarians. This short anthology makes this case.

From the back cover:

The project of self-realisation is born of the passion for creation, in the moment when subjectivity wells up and aspires to reign universally. The project of communication is born of the passion of love, whenever people discover that they share the same desire for amorous conquest. The project of participation is born of the passion for playing, whenever group activity facilitates the self-realisation of each individual.

Isolated, the three passions are perverted. Dissociated, the three projects are falsified. The will to self-realisation is turned into the will to power; sacrificed to status and role-playing, it reigns in a world of restrictions and illusions. The will to communication becomes objective dishonesty; based on relationships between objects, it provides the semiologists with signs to dress up in human guise. The will to participation serves to organise the loneliness of everyone in the crowd; it creates the tyranny of the illusion of community.

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2013 LBC Books Review

In this, our inaugural issue, we present an editorial exploration into the themes and contexts of some of our 2013 publications. This pretty little book obscures the terrible fangs and claws of the LBC vision.

From the introduction:

Anarchists have had to make do with the fact that even as we succeed we rarely get credit for it, while we always get the blame for our failures and lack of success. As a publisher in this family of ideas we measure our own success partly by our own continued interest in our broad project, and on whether these ideas merit discussion and further research.

If the goal was to produce engaged, interesting, anarchist material than it’s conservative to say that we have succeeded. If our goal was to shape the minds of a new generation of antiauthoritarians, then our project hasn’t succeeded. This is the work we have ahead of us.

This book is also available as a free download. Help us by talking about this publication and our project.

2013 LBC Review

Demotivational Training

This book is the most clear and concise articulation of the situationist project published in English. This jargon-free text isn’t written for youth culture or relics of the 70s but for an audience raised on a diet of protestant work ethic and american utopianism. Hard work didn’t get the results it was supposed to in our parents’ generation, and it does even less now. This book talks about why more hard work isn’t the answer either.

Today the managers want nothing less than to make every employee a situationist, enjoining them to be spontaneous, creative, autonomous, freewheeling, unattached, and greeting the precariousness of their lives with open arms. Trying to outdo this would be absurd.

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Queer Ultraviolence: Abridged

This new slimmer version of QUV brings you all the punch of the first edition at half the price. With a new introduction, this prisoner friendly version is a must have.

Let’s be explicit: We are criminal queer anarchists and this world is not and can never be enough for us. We want to annihilate bourgeois morality and make ruins of this world. We’re here to destroy what is destroying us.

Let’s be speaking of revolt. We are tracing the lineage of our queer criminality and charting the demise of the social order. And oh the nectar from which we drink: lesbian pirates raging the seas, queer rioters setting cop cars ablaze, sex parties amidst the decay of industrialism, bank robbers wearing pink triangles, mutual aid networks among sex workers and thieves, gangs of trannyfags bashing-the-fuck-back. We’ve been assured that each day could be our last. As such we’ve chosen to live as if every day is. In turn, we promise that the existent’s days are numbered.

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Cultural Logic of Insurrection

These essays are a dialogue with Tiqqun’s logic and their successes (and failures) as a project. As such, this collection provides the start to a body of secondary material on Tiqqun that contextualizes them.

The failure of the radical left to seriously contest post-Fordist late-capitalism, has stultified its position and has frozen all anti-capitalist rhetoric and discourse, pushing the left into a self-reflexive circle that cannot escape its own irrelevance. The anarchist slogans of yesteryear to “smash the state” and the communist insistence on viewing labor as the revolutionary subject all fail to see such revolutionary posturings for what they are: mere anachronisms.

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LBC Journals

In 2014 we are expanding our publishing beyond books. With old and new friends we are announcing the publication of six journal projects that, alongside our books, we believe will demonstrate that the world of anarchist ideas is more vibrant, vital, and fierce than ever.

  1. The LBC Review – We already published our Review for 2013 (which you can download here) and will publish another at the end of 2014.
  2. Hostis: A Journal of Incivility
  3. Insurgencies – From the Institute For The Study of Insurgent Warfare
  4. Dangerous Constellations – a vaguely anarchist literary journal
  5. Reprobus: A Journal of Anti-Language
  6. The BASTARD Chronicles – a reportback on a decade and a half of anarchist theory and connection

LBC Launch Party!

On March 20th we are ecstatic to be hosted by our friends at Station 40 in San Francisco for our 2014 LBC Book Launch party. Come, meet with us and celebrate another year of publishing books like Demotivational Training, The Cultural Logic of Insurrection, Egoism, Canenero, Disruptive Elements, I Saw Fire, and many more. We will also have readings, snacks, drinks, mellow discussions, and scheming.

LBC Office

Little Black Cart now has an office, which means open office hours! LBC has outgrown its home base and has joined the larger East Bay radical space at the Long Haul Infoshop http://thelonghaul.org/ at 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA. 94705. We will keep office hours from 10 AM to 2 PM most every day of the week. Feel free to stop by for conversation, to take a look at our books, or to talk about shared collaborative projects. We’re happy to become a part of the Long Haul and look forward to participating in it as a hub of radical activity.

Distro Items

Here are new items we are carrying that are worth taking a look at…

  • Endnotes 3: Gender, Race, Class and Other Misfortunes - In light of these struggles, it seems clear that now is not the time for pronouncements, but rather careful analysis. Now is the time to put those tools to work, to try to understand the new sequence of struggles in its unfolding. We must be open to the present — its tendency to surprise us, to force us to reconsider every supposedly fixed truth — while remaining intransigent about the revolution as communisation: there will be no theoretical compromises.
  • Datacide – a magazine of noise and politics – A thoughtful magazine discussing some of our favorite topics: music and politics.
  • My Own #11 – My Own is a publication of anarchist, egoist, individualist ideas, literature, and analysis coming from an explicitly anti-capitalist, non-market egoist perspective aimed at encouraging the interweaving of individual insurrections against all forms of authority, domination and enforcement of conformity.

Upcoming Titles

  • Canenero – This book collects the most relevant articles from this weekly anarchist publication from Italy, which was produced between 1994 and 1997. One of the ideas behind Canenero was to provide a means for ongoing communication and discussion in the face of this repressive operation of the state [around the Marini Trials]. A substantial portion of the material in the paper dealt with the situation and the various anarchist responses to it.
  • I Saw Fire: Reflections on Riots, Revolt, and the Black Bloc – Discussing violence, social change, and organization at length I Saw Fire examines why many young people are turning away from the organizations which have historically sold-out the working class – and starting a riot of their own.
  • Disruptive Elements: Exploring the Extremes of French Anarchism – Disruptive Elements is a collection of previously hard to find or untranslated writings of French anarchists from the mid-19th to the early 20th century. Much of the material presented here was translated specifically for this book, and offers up a lost thread from the fabric of history, one we find particularly vibrant.
  • Huye Hombre Huye – Xosé Tarrio Gonzalez spent 16 years imprisoned in Spain, most of these years in isolation under the FIES regime. He responded to the brutal circumstances of prison with dignity and courage. He writes of escape plans, struggle inside prison, suffering, and strength. His words expose painful details of a life behind bars.
  • The Most Dangerous Idea – by Alfredo Bonanno (selected insurrectionary writings from Elephant Editions)

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Endnotes 3: Gender, Race, Class and Other Misfortunes

February 8th, 2014  |  Published in Things

Endnotes 3: Gender, Race, Class and Other Misfortunes

This issue of Endnotes has been a long time coming. Its publication was delayed due to experiences and conversations that compelled us to clarify our analyses, and at times to wholly rework them. Many of the articles in this issue are the products of years of discussion. Some articles spilled over into such lengthy pieces that we had to split the issue in two. Endnotes 4 will therefore be forthcoming, not in another three years, but rather, in the next six months. Here, by way of explanation for the delay, we describe some of the questions and quandaries that gave birth to this issue and the next.

The first two issues of Endnotes called for a renewed focus on the struggles of our times, unencumbered by the dead weight of outmoded theories. However, we ourselves provided little analysis of struggles. Partly, that was because class conflict was at a low ebb at the time we were writing, and that made flights of abstraction more attractive. But it was also because we didn’t know what we wanted to say about the struggles that were ongoing, and we thought it best not to pretend otherwise. We began this journal as a place for the careful working out of ideas. We didn’t want to rush to conclusions for the sake of being topical.

That said, the milieu of which we form a part — the so-called communising current — did offer an analysis of struggles, which we found attractive…

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Seven Years Buried Alive & Other Writings

February 8th, 2014  |  Published in Things

Seven Years Buried Alive & Other Writings by Bifilo Panclasta

Based on sources from 1910 to 1940, this Seattle publication of the writings of Biófilo Panclasta is beautifully produced and nicely sized. Panclasta was an anarchist who told Kropotkin that he wasn’t one, because he had no cause but his own.

Influenced by Nietzsche and egoist ideas, his writings are similar in tone to Novatore and Arrigoni, but more tragic than either. He was an adventurer, a traveler, a Bohemian, distinct from any tendency; his politics was his life, and both were as contradictory as his name, which means lover of life, destroyer of everything.

This book includes almost all of his writings, translated from the Spanish. He traveled over many parts of the world; spread his ideas; staged dramatic interruptions of church services; made a formal proposal to an international anarchist conference for the simultaneous assassination of various heads of state and church; joined in strikes, struggles, and uprisings; was jailed hundreds of times, and tried to stop the hands of time from moving. There’s a lot over the span of years and places, but the important thing is he lived in a time of liberal national liberation uprisings and of fights against US imperialism in Latin America, as well as under the dictatorship of Juan Vicente Gomez in Venezuela, which is when he was imprisoned (buried alive) for seven years.

Panclasta is not well known, certainly among English-speaking audiences. There are a couple of weird accounts of him in English (the tiny Wikipedia entry, or the pseudo-history of him in Politics is Not a Banana #2). Aside from having the coolest anarchist name ever, Panclasta is worth reading because he does not fit in with what anarchism is supposed to be, what its history is supposed to be like, and whatever limited notions we have of Latin American anarchism specifically. He’s a real odd ball. He makes an effective counterpoint to both ideological leftist anarchism and to ideological egoist anarchism. But really he just lived a very interesting life, and this is a story (or collection of stories) about that life.

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