Fire and Flames by Geronimo + Winter additions
Our distro finally got hold of copies of Fire and Flames by Geronimo, a history of the German autonomist movement, printed by PM Press, with a small introduction by George Katsiaficas, author of The Subversion of Politics, and a short afterword by Gabriel Kuhn which adds to the contemporary story. We’ve been looking forward to reading this since we first heard about the translation in process- that was five years ago, during the anti-G8 days in Germany, and we awaited with anticipation its publication (it was first published in 1990). The edition is the first in English, and contains a new preface from Geronimo, and a glossary to help the reader.
The actual book is obviously written by an involved militant, and it is penned in an really approachable way, and covers the time period 1968 – late ’89 with an insightful commentary, and clear explanations of the various goings-on without marxian-leftist waffle and academic gabbling. Cold War politics, Squatting struggles, Black Blocs, RAF, RZ, Anti-Nuclear, Spontis, K-Groups… find out about it all in this decent book.
Pity about its relatively high RR price (£14.99, 185 pages).
PM Press also publish a massive book with a £20+ recommended price about the Red Army Faction -RAF (The Red Army Faction: A Documentary History). First in a two-part series, the book compiles all the RAF communiques and associated documents, its a valuable addition to critical thinking and action whatever your (anti-)politics are.
Well, in the cold stormy weather we’ve been arguing amongst ourselves and deciding what to work on for our new publications; first up should be the anti-technology fable The Machine Stops by E.M Forster and then next will be a new short collection about the Earth Liberation Front, based around the history of the Green Scare case that was serialized in Tides of Flame, an anarchist zine coming out of Seattle. The FBI hit the environmental movement hard in 2005 when the ELF had rose to glory, naming it the #1 domestic terror threat and infiltrating the scene. Avalon, a dignified eco-insurrectionary was suicided, surrounded by snitches and grasses, and many decent ones went to jail. Now years after the repression, eco-prisoners find themselves coming slowly back on to the streets. The decent comrades there largely had to face this alone against highly developed state-terrorism, and an Atlantic gulf that for too long has impeded the struggle. We’ll publish this contribution to aid the development of the Earth Liberation Front, and give solidarity to the remaining activists in prison.
Most of our further titles for re-print are out-of-print books about subjects such as Self-Defence, Tactical Studies and Sabotage; these new titles coming in after the new year to be posted soon(ish). Another of our new publications (that is is not a re-print) will be a collection of new green anarchist/anti-civilisation articles with a nihilist perspective. This publication is without a title right now and will feature texts by various radical eco-activists, anarchist-insurrectionalists, etc.
New distro additions are coming in the form of Novatore, translated by Apio Ludd, a collection of Renzo Novatore, an epic Individualist-Anarchist-Nihilist writer and militant in Italy who is constantly being quoted by insurrectionary anarchist groups in their action communiques; Freedom: My Dream by Enrico Arrigoni, which we were lucky enough to get a copy of a few months back- its an anarchist autobiography which is just incredible and has to be read to be believed! From the First World War in Europe to the ’36 Civil War of Spain, then America, Cuba and more thrown in for good measure… anarchists live interesting lives!
This Black Xmas we remember Marco Camenisch, Gabriel Pombo da Silva, Elisa de Bernado, Stefano Fosco and others locked up by Operation Ardire in Italy, on hungerstrike.
Black Nativity – Cago en Dios!