Fire and Flames by Geronimo + Winter additions

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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.


Winter additions

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!



Fire and Flames should be a great read. The autonomists, not the anarchists, were the genesis of the Black Block.

This idea that anytime a Black Block tactic occurs, it must be an anarchist...wrong....what about anti-state marxists and libertarian communists and RAAN ?

marxists and commies, all so "anti-authoritarian" theses days...
The corpse of the Left needs some more dirt thrown on it.

Hey JZ,

I think there is a fair amount of truth in the comment about autonomist, anti-state leftists, etc who are into Black Bloc tactics.
As a fellow Anarchist who identifies with a Primitive Anarchy/face-to-face living, I have encountered many of these Black Bloc promoting leftists who have told me about their adventures (not sure why they told me after only knowing me for a few months.)

I have grown wary of the Black Bloc tactic in this regard.

In Germany, there's even neo-nazis along with self-described "National Anarchists"(moronic oxymoron) who perform Black Bloc.

black bloc is just trying not to stand out while rioting

it can be used by anyone

Fire and flames is always better than reading a book.

Ran like a motherfucker. LOOOOL

Anti state communists use black bloc in germany more than anarchists... They were the brains behind the bloc at the anti g8 protests

Anarchist businessman Ramsay Kanaan of PM Press has an incurable hard-on for armed Stalinoids. Line up, anarchist suckers -- get your Leninoid propaganda from an authentic anarchist enterprise!

Got a pdf of fire and flames. Will work on getting it out there. Really good book

Don't tell Ramsey about this !!! Ramsey and Sasha need their money so they can do their liberal radio show !

Someone's gotta sell those Chumbawumba t-shirts, CDs, and related paraphernalia.

"I'll scratch your back if you scratch my back"- type of capitalism:

Plenty of Marxist books being published by PM Press:

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I think people should go back and read Fire and Flames. The events of May 68' in Paris as well as the Italian Autonomia were the key points of inspiration for the Autonomen. While some of them were anti-state communists, or even Leninists, othere's were anarchists, punks, or just anti-authoritarians. The Autonomen were in many ways something new. As they said, they were anarchists, but not in the classical sense. The Autonomen had more in common with a lot of the people that came to call themselves Occupiers and such during the Occupy Movement than the anti-state communists for instance that were influenced by Tiqquin or Dauve during the student occupations.

you mean, they were a bunch of ignorant liberal managers-in-waiting rather than a bunch of ignorant radical managers in waiting?


What about anti-state marxists and libertarian communists and RAAN ?

What about making them unwelcome for practising entrism among us?

Do the words ' Fuck off ' mean anything to you?

Libertarian Communists? Like the ones over at Libcom who call themselves anarchists and largely organize through British anarcho-communist organizations? Good luck protecting your precious little radical identity.

No fear!

I must admit they were inspiring to see on TV in the early eighties ( CASTOR , Mayday, etc) However they can't maintain a narrative based on 1910 beginnings when anarchism goes back to the 1840's.

Its a similar problem the Sits failed for before them. No narrative - no conversation.


you think what's needed for revolution is history books?

among other things, yes.

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