Modern Slavery #3

July 30th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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The Stockholm Syndrome; Landstreicher on Graeber’s Debt (21 pages worth!); Simons respectful history of illegalism;  Goaman on the Sits and May ’68… this hefty magazine continues to provide thoughtful analysis by long-term anarchists.

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Liminal

July 30th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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Liminal by natasha alvarez

New from Black and Green, here is a novella that grabs you by the heart and brings you down into that uncomfortable space between love, rewilding, and the suffocating despair of a civilization in decline. An activist dedicates herself to accomplishing a deed, and becomes a mother and lover in the meantime.

 

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The Dictionary of Unhappiness

July 14th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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The Dictionary of Unhappiness by Isaac Cronin, with artwork by Tyler Spangler

For an audience that loves art and is familiar with the Situationist International, Cruel Hospice (an imprint of LBC Books) brings together 80 pages of stunning pop visuals colliding with harsh political definitions. Included are definitions of air, authentic, and anarchist (to name but a few).

Faith: The unshakable belief that God encourages commerce

Criminal: Believes she is alone in her despair and therefore sees only an individual solution to a universal problem – how to live without working.

This is the second book from the Cruel Hospice imprint. The first was a post-situationist set of essays against work and the logic of the management of humans vis a via work. Demotivational Training does this in the ironic tone of exactly such human resources manuals.

Isaac Cronin is one of the founders of the Situationist movement in the United States in the late 60s. As co-creator of the Council for the Eruption of the Marvelous, and a long time provoceteur, he is the author, editor, and translator of eight books of social criticism and hundreds of pamphlets, texts, posters and subversions on dozens of topics ranging from nihilism to the Weather Underground to psycho-geography. His feature length video documentary, Call it Sleep, has been shown at museums and theaters around the world.

Tyler Spangler is a digital collagist with a broad-ranging style and eclectic influences ranging from Godard to Man Ray to trandtional Pop Art. His images have appeared in dozens of magazines around the world, and have been exhibited in galleries in London, Rome, and Los Angeles. Tyler is a graphic designer for skate and surfboards, textiles, film and music collateral.

 

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Black Seed #1

July 14th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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Black Seed is an anarchist paper in the tradition of Green Anarchy magazine (RIP) that that presents through essays, images, stories, and poetry, green anarchist perspectives. In our first issue we have short stories, interviews, and essays, by John Zerzan and others. Black Seed is a 32 page newspaper format biannual publication. This is the first issue.

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Black Bloc Papers

July 14th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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Black Bloc Papers by David Van Deusen & Xavier Massot

The Black Bloc Papers is a set of documents preserved from the anti-globalization movement from 1999 2001. It serves as a punctuated beginning by way of calls to action, manifestos, and action reports of a new era of anarchist organizing and activity. Rather than organizing to last or to win the black bloc enters from stage left as a disruption; to global capital, to protest politics as usual, as ephemeral and ubiquitous.

Suddenly anarchy and the black bloc were front page news in the US and soon would become synonymous with each other. I, like others around the world, watched it on the nascent Indymedia, and was inspired. The raw emotion and energy was a rude awakening for Power and a clarion for the disaffected amongst us. We were breaking free of the confines of polite protest, and were never going to go back.

-scott crow From the Forward

The Black Bloc Papers is intended for those who would like to understand the vigorous protest politics of anarchism, the tactic of the black bloc has practiced over a decade ago, and as a historical signpost reminding us of how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go.

LBC Books is publishing this title in the spirit of anarchist attempts at publishing this document over the past decade. We have used the work of Breaking Glass Press, the Alternative Media Project (Infoshop.org), and the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective in this publication.

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The Impossible, Patience

July 13th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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The Impossible, Patience by Alejandro de Acosta

This title will be most easily read by a philosophically engaged audience at the tail end of its enthusiasm for activism and knuckleheaded rabble-rousing. This is a series of essays by Alejandro de Acosta that are deep, original, and provocative new anarchist thinking engaged in the problems of the 21st century–which include language, nihilism, Delueze, Thacker, critique, and much much more. It is also a type of conclusion, as A de A. is clearly expressing several types of farewell in these pages… but to what exactly?

If an “anarchist” project were constituted, not to preserve itself and thus the milieu (usually in this order in terms of explicitly stated goals, and in reverse in terms of actual operations), but to seek out those who have quit the milieu, numerous salutary effects might eventually be felt: decreased infl uence of “young masculinity” (team-building homosociality as the default social bond), less disappointment and more curiosity about the stakes of quitting, maybe even encouragement towards such abandonment as a sign of intelligence.

Ardent Press has published this beautiful edition of The Impossible, Patience with doubled letterpress impressions and a distinctively precious design aesthetic as a way to participate in this most fully formed expression of The Beautiful Idea.

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The BASTARD Chronicles 2014: social war

July 13th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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These readings are mostly writings from the presenters, from Jason McQuinn to Tom Nomad, William Gillis to Aragorn! The significant exception is the piece on the presentation with CrimethInc and Institute for Experimental Freedom, for which there is a conversation based on the presentation.
Given the conflicting, at times mutually exclusive, ideas about what social war is, this conference allowed people to explore those contradictions and alliances.

The BASTARD conference first happened in 2000, and has happened every year since then.
It was born from the Tuesday anarchist study group, which has been meeting for longer than that (nearly 20 years) every week from 8-10pm. The study group came out of a free school anarchist history course, which then morphed into what it is today (the teacher of the class was part of the group for more than a decade, and it was a challenge when he left, but we continue). BASTARD stands for Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research & Development and it’s the name of the conference, not the name of the study group.
The semi-joking hostility of the name does describe more-or-less accurately one of the main attitudes of the study group (which could also be described as an unwillingness to suffer fools), one that regular attendees either bring with them or
learn to appreciate the group for. The study group has been a major influence on many people, definitely many long-timers, but also some who have passed through briefly, and as well for many who have chosen it as an enemy.

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What’s New from LBC Summer 2014

July 13th, 2014  |  Published in Monthly updates

The year is half over.

We have published 6 new books, 2 journals, and a newspaper so far this year. We have taken Black Seed on tour and made it to the Cleveland and NYC bookfairs. Next up is Philly (August), Seattle (August), the East Bay Anarchist bookfair (December) and a bunch more books! Our collaborations this quarter include a new book from Cruel Hospice, the paper Black Seed, and the new journal from the BASTARD conference.

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The Impossible, Patience

This is a series of essays by Alejandro de Acosta that are deep, original, and provocative anarchist thinking engaged in the problems of the 21st century–which include language, nihilism, Delueze, Thacker, critique, and much much more. It is also a type of conclusion, as A de A. is clearly expressing several types of farewell in these pages… but to what exactly?

From the back cover:

If an “anarchist” project were constituted, not to preserve itself and thus the milieu (usually in this order in terms of explicitly stated goals, and in reverse in terms of actual operations), but to seek out those who have quit the milieu, numerous salutary effects might eventually be felt: decreased infl uence of “young masculinity” (team-building homosociality as the default social bond), less disappointment and more curiosity about the stakes of quitting, maybe even encouragement towards such abandonment as a sign of intelligence.

Ardent Press has published this beautiful edition of The Impossible, Patience with doubled letterpress impressions and a distinctively precious design aesthetic as a way to participate in this most fully formed expression of The Beautiful Idea.

The Impossible, Patience

The Dictionary of Unhappiness

For an audience that loves art and is familiar with the Situationist International, Cruel Hospice (an imprint of LBC Books) brings together 80 pages of stunning pop visuals colliding with harsh political definitions. Included are definitions of air, authentic, and anarchist (to name but a few).

Faith: The unshakable belief that God encourages commerce

Criminal: Believes she is alone in her despair and therefore sees only an individual solution to a universal problem – how to live without working.

This is the second book from the Cruel Hospice imprint. The first was a post-situationist set of essays against work and the logic of the management of humans vis a vis work Demotivational Training.

Dictionary of Unhappiness

The Black Bloc Papers

The Black Bloc Papers is a set of documents preserved from the anti-globalization movement from 1999 2001. It serves as a punctuated beginning by way of calls to action, manifestos, and action reports of a new era of anarchist organizing and activity. Rather than organizing to last or to win the black bloc enters from stage left as a disruption; to global capital, to protest politics as usual, as ephemeral and ubiquitous.

Suddenly anarchy and the black bloc were front page news in the US and soon would become synonymous with each other. I, like others around the world, watched it on the nascent Indymedia, and was inspired. The raw emotion and energy was a rude awakening for Power and a clarion for the disaffected amongst us. We were breaking free of the confines of polite protest, and were never going to go back.
-scott crow From the Forward

The Black Bloc Papers is intended for those who would like to understand the vigorous protest politics of anarchism, the tactic of the black bloc has practiced over a decade ago, and as a historical signpost reminding us of how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go.

LBC Books is publishing this title in the spirit of anarchist attempts at publishing this document over the past decade. We have used the work of Breaking Glass Press, the Alternative Media Project (Infoshop.org), and the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective in this publication

The Black Bloc Papers

The BASTARD Chronicles 2014: social war

These readings are mostly writings from the presenters, from Jason McQuinn to Tom Nomad, William Gillis to Aragorn! The significant exception is the piece on the presentation with CrimethInc and Institute for Experimental Freedom, for which there is a conversation based on the presentation. Given the conflicting, at times mutually exclusive, ideas about what social war is, this conference allowed people to explore those contradictions and alliances.

From the back cover:

The BASTARD conference first happened in 2000, and has happened every year since then.
It was born from the Tuesday anarchist study group, which has been meeting for longer than that (nearly 20 years) every week from 8-10pm. The study group came out of a free school anarchist history course, which then morphed into what it is today (the teacher of the class was part of the group for more than a decade, and it was a challenge when he left, but we continue). BASTARD stands for Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research & Development and it’s the name of the conference, not the name of the study group.

The semi-joking hostility of the name does describe more-or-less accurately one of the main attitudes of the study group (which could also be described as an unwillingness to suffer fools), one that regular attendees either bring with them or
learn to appreciate the group for. The study group has been a major influence on many people, definitely many long-timers, but also some who have passed through briefly, and as well for many who have chosen it as an enemy.

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

The BASTARD Chronicles 2014: social war
The BASTARD Chronicles is also available as a free download.

Distro Items

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

  • Society of the Spectacle: Annotated – From Ken Knabb and the Bureau of Public Secrets comes the first ever annotated version of SOTS, a new and improved translation.
  • Black Seed: A Green Anarchist JournalBlack Seed is an anarchist paper in the tradition of Green Anarchy magazine (RIP) that presents through essays, images, stories, and poetry, green anarchist perspectives.
  • My Own #13My 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.
  • 325 #11The newest issue from our friends at 325. A journal of insurrection, this issue is dedicated to Ryo and Darko Mathers
  • Rolling Thunder #11, Spring 2014The long-awaited new issue. It sports smaller dimensions, but still the same snazzy design.

Upcoming Titles

  • HERE – Somewhere, we need to find the courage to be hopeless. To face our defeat, and go on fighting, but this time with the whole of ourselves, with blind rage and with long sight.
  • The Women of Plogoff – A story about the direct action campaign that stopped the installation of a nuclear power plant in France.
  • 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.
  • Hostis – A Journal of Incivility. Issue 1 is on Political Cruelty
  • Insurgencies – A journal from the Institute For The Study of Insurgent Warfare

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Why you should become an accomplice – June 2014 edition

June 28th, 2014  |  Published in Uncategorized

If you haven’t considered becoming an accomplice of LBC let’s give you a little list of why you should consider it today.

  1. We just received the beautiful letter press cover for the new title The Impossible, Patience a book of essays written by Alejandro De Acosta that inhabits impossible theoretical spaces.
  2. We just finalized the prepress of our first art book. The incomperable Dictionary of Unhappiness will astound you in a collision of pop art explosion and post-situationist incision.
  3. The BASTARD Chronicles documents the 2014 Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research & Devlopment conference on Social War.
  4. The Black Bloc Papers, with a new introduction by scott crow, is a history of the impact of the Black Bloc tactic in American anarchist practice.
  5. Black Seed #1 is the new biannual Green Anarchist newspaper newspaper that has already raised hackles and spirits across North America.

This is what we will be delivering to accomplices in the next week or so. This is one quarter of what we are doing this year! Join us! and we will be seeing you in the FEMA camps!

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What’s new from LBC – Spring 2014

April 20th, 2014  |  Published in Monthly updates

Hello Again, Friends, Accomplices, and Frenemies…

This What’s New comes after the first SF Anarchist Bookfair held in the East Bay, where drama and some amazing new titles appeared. The SF Bookfair moved from San Francisco (finally chased out by gentrification), and was held in the Crucible, a pretty amazing DIY space with classes in welding, glass-blowing, etc (which were all ongoing during the bookfair – leading to some difficulties hearing presentations). The event was successful for most of the vendors, though the issue of race and gentrification continues to be a live wire in this area, with people committed (however tacitly) to conflicting understandings of key terms.

As for new titles, this was an exciting quarter, with Disruptive Elements, which exceeds even Enemies of Society in the category of extreme French Anarchism;; Canenero, hardcopy of some excellent articles by Passamani and Bonanno, etc. and I Saw Fire, a book to ease the passage of post-Occupiers into the post Occupy era. And we continue our reprints of Elephant Editions with the first of a couple of bound compilations of Bonanno articles—the first one entitled The Most Dangerous Idea.

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Disruptive Elements


Disruptive Elements: The Extremes of French Anarchism – published by Ardent Press

I Saw Fire

Social Insurrectionary Anarchism hasn’t been an active strain in North America for 100 years. Why? Among other reasons, the social perspective has also been the position of organizational anarchism. It has been a more-or-less conservative position. This tension is at the heart of I Saw Fire which perspectivizes a new social anarchism of the streets, and not the town meeting, of eruption and not prefiguration.

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.

I Saw Fire – published by the Institue of Experimental Freedom

Canenero

Canenero is a selection of the articles from the Italian paper of the same name that published from 1994 to 1997. It was inspired by the problems faced by anarchists during the time of the Marini Trials…

But the editors of Canenero were not willing to allow the repressive activity of the state to define the limits of the discussion in the paper they published, so along with information and analysis of that specific situation other significant questions and idea were raised in its pages. Thus, within its pages one could find pointed, but brief, theoretical articles, social and historical analyses and bitingly witty looks at the week’s news.

Within these pages are the writings of Massimo Passamani, Marco Beaco, Alfredo M. Bonanno among others.

Canenero – published by Ardent Press

Black Seed

This is a brand new biannual green anarchist paper that adds to a continuing conversation, one that may have started the first time native people were introduced to civilized interlopers, or in the first resistance to cities, or when Élisée Reclus started writing (depending on how you define “green anarchist”). We are part of this tradition; one of violence, genocide, ecology, and anarchy.

This paper is in the spirit of the Green Anarchy magazine but Black Seed is our experiment to find and flesh out more particular critiques. We will use anarchist and anti-civilization perspectives but not be constrained by them.

The black seed is the distant, future possibility of our questions acting like weeds, breaking up concrete and ideology, and germinating into total fucking anarchy.

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Distro Items

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

  • Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed #75 – 30 years later and AJODA is still running strong. Check out the new issue with “Eight Theses on the Affective Structure of the Present Conjuncture”, Bob Black revisiting work, Uri Gordan on “Insurrectionary Patriotism and the Defusion of Dissent”.
  • Endnotes 3: Gender, Race, Class and Other Misfortunes
  • Baedan 2 – A Journal of Queer Heresy – Another beautiful edition of Baedan, fresh off the printers. With 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”.
  • Sic Journal #2 – 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).
  • My Own #12 – 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

  • The Impossible, Patiency – The series of essays by Alejandro de Acosta… Analysis of rhetoric in search of finally free speech, which is why, in the end, I, at least, realized I was in search of a poetics adequate to decomposition. Or perhaps and precisely inadequate. For the moment and in the delay we call the present, then, essays. They say we try to inhabit, impossibly, this now-time, patiently.
  • The Black Bloc Papers – A historical document anthologizing the primary texts of the North American Anarchist
    Black Bloc 1988-2005 including The Battle of Seattle through The Anti-War Movement. Edited and compiled by David Van Deusen and Xaviar Massot of The Green Mountain Anarchist Collective
  • The Dictionary of Unhappiness – A post-situationist critique of everything by way of defining our modern condition. Example: Anarchism—Blind faith in the belief that action will eventually find its theoretical meaning based on a religious faith in the power of community. Repeating failed strategies and tactics is seen as a proof that historical continuity exists.
  • 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.

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