What's New with LBC - Summer 2016
From Little Black Cart
It is summertime at LBC which means parties, temperate weather (thanks to the Bay), and some new projects. We returned (about three weeks ago) from our grueling but amazing 12,000 mile (19300 KM) casual LBC tour around the US and Canada which included a visit to Montreal for their annual bookfair, Tulsa OK for their bookfair, British Columbia for the strange Nihilism.Hope event, Ontario for the book launch event for Blessed is the Flame, and all over the midwest for speaking and social events.
Thank you so much to all of the people who hosted, fed, and housed us throughout the trip. You are amazing!
We have a new PDF catalog available. We are looking for an Intern for this winter (January 2017). We still welcome new Accomplices!
Ardent Press Coloring Book
Up till now we have had limited options for children and children at heart. That starts to change with the new Ardent Press coloring book that relies heavily on the artwork of Flavio Costantini and his themes of anarchist attack and historical moments.
...He overcame the contraposition good/evil, here we find something that really moves Costantini: the fight of the individual against the society.
For more information - Ardent Press Coloring Book
A Crime Called Freedom - Writings of Os Cangaceiros Vol. 1
OS CANGACEIROS was a group of delinquents with nothing but contempt for the self-sacrificial ideology practiced by “specialists in armed struggle". This uncontrollable band of social rebels wreaked havoc on the French state by attacking the infrastructures of oppression, supporting popular revolts, stealing and releasing secret blueprints for high-tech prisons, raiding the offices of corporate collaborators, and creating their lives in complete opposition to the world based on work. This volume, translated by Wolfi Landstreicher, is the first collection of the writings of Os Cangaceiros in English. It was originally published by the great Eberhardt Press and has been out of print for years.
Wolfi Landstreicher is the editor of the insurrectionary anarchist journal Willful Disobedience and publisher of Venomous Butterfly Publications. He has translated works by Renzo Novatore, Alfredo Bonanno and many other Italian-language anarchist publications. We would be a shadow of what we are if it were not for his work.
For more information - A Crime Called Freedom - Writings of Os Cangaceiros Vol. 1
Millenarian Rebels - Writings of Os Cangaceiros Vol. II
Outlaws of the Sertão - Translated by Wolfi Landstreicher
Members of the French revolutionary group Os Cangaceiros write about their fierce Brazilian namesakes, as well as the millenarian groups of the dispossessed and the urban poor who joined together in movements of social reform at the dawn of the 20th century, only to find themselves in an apocalyptic struggle with the Brazilian state.
I find the sympathy of the cangaceiros for the millenarian movements of their time interesting because their way of life in their world seems to parallel that of the Free Spirit movement of the middle ages. The Free Spirits are often described as millenarians, but their millenarianism was distinctly different from that of Conselheiro, Thomas Münzer, the Münster millenarians and most other millenarian movements. The distinction lies in the fact that the Free Spirits did not see the millennium as something that was going to come soon, but as something that already existed within them. Their perspective was not apocalyptic — aiming toward a future end of the world — but rather based in the immediate present. This is why the Free Spirits, while still using religious language, actually attacked the foundations of religion: dependence on an external supernatural power, hope in a heavenly future, faith in an external source of salvation.
For more information - Millenarian Rebels - Writings of Os Cangaceiros Vol. II
Civil or Subversive
A bad dream haunts Capital's social peace, the underclass excluded from production, disrespectful of the law, and hungry for the impossible dream of the modern consumer lifestyle. The ghettoised excluded are a large minority of the population largely without a stake in institutional mediation or a voice in the democratic arena and are the enemy within that the state fears while using as a scapegoat (immigrants, unemployed, lawbreakers, drug users, etc.). As Alfredo Bonanno predicted, the excluded have in general lost the common language with the included that formed the basis of the old reformism and social contract. The lack of major political violence and revolutionary struggle, and insurrections that have been sporadic and disorganised (in time and in consciousness), means that while the UK has a very strong democraticsocial (cross-class) tradition, it lacks the sort of conflictual tradition of other European countries. This is the political landscape of the UK within which the anarchist/far Left is firmly situated.
Since then other anarcho-insurrectionalists in the UK have further criticised the people we've come to term civil anarchists, who, like good citizens, continue to talk and walk the road of obedience to the State and the reactionary mores of Society. The liberalism and weakness of the extra-parliamentary anti-capitalist/anti-state social movements and political tendencies in the UK, and of the individuals who make up this spectrum, cannot be examined without looking at the social/class context here. While the insurrectionary current has never disappeared in the UK, it's clear that (following the armed and conspiratorial Luddite insurgency in the early 19th century against industrialisation), antagonism from the exploited was subdued by a combination of state terrorism and the recuperative influence of trade unionism and democratic socialism.
This is a reprint of the Dark Matter (UK) text "Anarchism: civil or subversive"
For more information - Civil or Subversive - A Dark Matter publication
The BASTARD Chronicles 2016
The third edition of presentations from the BASTARD conference, this year unthemed, with pieces on, for example, the drug industrial complex and the history of Leviathan, et al, and a performance piece on fascism, among others. This year the Chronicles also include some of the funnier surveys participants gave us. Multi-media!
For more information - The BASTARD Chronicles 2016
Recent LBC Titles
- To the Customers - The first severe critique of the Appelistas
- Blessed is the Flame - A great introduction to nihilism set in the context of concentration camp resistance
- Anarchist Ephemera - Peter Lamborn Wilson at his best
- Hostis 2 - Silver cover, sophomore journal, lots of interesting contributions
- Insurgencies 2 - Insurrectionary strategy journal
- Everything Must Go - Bruno Astarian & Gilles Duave argue for an anti-work communization and for new thinking about insurrection
- Is Space the Place? Yes/No - A book that asks and answers the question of man & space travel
LBC Spring/Summer Tour
There is a set of personal report backs on the trip at Aragorn!'s blog. We continue to be thankful for the parts of the anarchist space that felt like home and we hope we entertained and were respectful to all the strangers, frenemies, and friends who we met and stayed with over this 10 week adventure.
See you next time (probably in 2017)
Become an Intern
We have a living space to offer someone who wants to intern with us and work on exciting anarchist projects for three months starting in January 2017. Contact us at our primary email for more information and logistics.
Our new catalog
This year we decided to eschew a paper catalog (and have since changed our mind). All of our original titles, imprints, cover art, and descriptions are now available in a nice and shiny PDF. Enjoy!
Become an Accomplice
This is the last year of our accomplice program! Don't miss a title. Do you like what we are trying to do with Little Black Cart? If you like a vibrant and engaged anarchist press, please consider helping us by becoming an LBC Accomplice!
For $20 / month (domestic, $40 international) you get every new title we publish (over 50 since 2012), 20% off of every Little Black Cart distribution item, and we start you out with a free book or t-shirt of your choosing.
Want to help?
Are you in the Bay Area and would you like to help make LBC projects happen? Drop us a line. We are now hosting a twice a month LBC Salon that you can use to check out LBC if you are interested.
Are you a writer?
Send manuscript proposals to us at info@lbc