New Independent Radical Press in Atlanta

  • Posted on: 28 September 2012
  • By: worker

<table><tr><td>From <a href=" IndyMedia</a>

<p>On Our Own Authority! Publishing (OooA!) is an emerging autonomous research press based in Atlanta, Georgia. Specializing in anarchist and radical literature, we plan to publish intellectual and social movement history and studies of global political thought.</p>
<p>We also strive to be an outstanding publisher of International Labor and Working Class History; African, Caribbean, and African American history and political thought; post-colonial studies, studies of international popular revolt; Gender and Sexuality studies; the Asian American Radical Tradition; and Social Ecology.</p>
<p>We have already published our first two titles, which are available from our website (<a href="" title=""></a>), as well as from</p></td><td><img title="To the past!" src=""></td></tr><...

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<p><em><strong>The Bolsheviks and Workers' Control 1917-1921: The State and Counter Revolution</strong>, </em>by Maurice Brinton, offers a critical history of the Russian Revolution which seeks to explore crucial distinctions between the ideas of working class self-management and what Lenin called "workers' control." Brinton documents the actions taken by the Bolshevik party and state against the self-organized Russian workers' councils (soviets). In doing so, he exposes key issues which continue to plauge the revolutionary Left today. (More Info: <a href=" title="</p>
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<p><strong><em>The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics</em></strong>, by Eusi Kwayana, explores a unique labor struggle in 1970s Guyana, where Afro-Guyanese bauxite mineworkers faced off against their government and their union in the nationalized bauxite industry. Originally published in 1972, Kwayana's documentation of the Guyanese workers' self-mobilization leads its reader to reconsider the nature of representative government as the bauxite miners organize their own direct-democratic popular assemblies and councils. This new edition contains a new introduction and an appendix of addional material which demonstrate Kwayana's evolving conceptions of Black Power in the mid 20th century which were informed by the continuing direct action of the Guyanese working class. (More Info: <a href=" title="</p>
<p>Other titles to be released in 2012 and 2013 will include:</p>
<p><em>Lynch Law in Georgia &amp; Other Writings 1899-1920</em>, by Ida B Wells-Barnett<br /><em>The Famous Speeches of the Eight Chicago Anarchists</em>, by Lucy Parsons<br /> <em>Organization and Spontaneity</em>, by Kimathi Mohamed<br /><em>The Labor Movement in Japan </em>by Sen Katayama<br /> <em>In the Shadow of State Power: CLR James, Direct Democracy and National Liberation Struggles</em>, by Matthew Quest<br /><em>The Bolshevik Myth and the Kronstadt Rebellion: Selected Writings </em>by Alexander Berkman</p>

<p>Also forthcoming will be new editions of classic works by Emma Goldman and Peter Kropotkin; a new critical analyses of the movement for the Sixth Pan-African Congress; and a book on CLR James’ African American politics. We also plan to publish edited volumes of essays leating to the intellectual legacies of Walter Rodney and WEB Du Bois.</p>
<p>You can learn more about On Our Own Authority! Publishing by visiting our website: <a href="" title=""></a></p>


Keep your ear to the ground for the announcement of a party for the coming out of OooA! Books and the release of these first two books.

Since we were being very nice to this new project over on Atlanta IndyMedia and not trolling at all, I'll start with the trolling:

Your book is too damn expensive! Like, fuck. This book is older than my mom, and it's available for free all over the internet. Little Black Cart at least sells their stale-ass reprints for low money.

We appreciate your concern about our pricing. Please be assured that we are taking every effort to keep our prices low. OooA! has so far operated on a shoe-string budget supplemented by the personal income of a few individuals whose resources are almost tapped out. We are a very very small independent organization that lacks the resources of more established publishing houses, like AK or PM press. Keep in mind that book sales do not simply pay our press, but retailers, distributors, and of course the authors (or in the case of Brinton's book, the author's literary executor) all take their cut of each $20 sale.

Also, keep in mind that $20 is the LIST PRICE of our books. Typically, retailers and bookstore buy books through distributors for a fraction of the list price and then tag the SALE PRICE well below the list price. For example, as Amazon sells more of our books, they will begin to discount their sale price. Our goal is to set ourselves up as an organization that is sustainable and publishes books that can be distributed internationally. Unfortunately, this means a lot of overhead. But despite our minimal resources, we are making every effort to keep prices as low as possible.

Buying a book or making a donation now will make our efforts more sustainable, and in the long run, will help us reduce prices. We hope we can count on your support.

Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm for our press. We hope we have helped to clarify some things.

Best Wishes.

FREE SHIPPING in the US is also available for all sales through our website ( Thanks again.

As a publisher myself, my advice to you is to ignore complaints about your pricing. Any such complaints are made by people who in addition to wanting things handed to them on a silver platter have never tried small press publishing on their own and have no idea of the difficulties involved, especially where distribution is concerned. You just waste your time responding to them.

i don't really agree. i think that if people have the energy to explain (again) the realities of publishing, it might be worthwhile to a few people who are truly interested. i do take issue with the implication that any anarchist project or small publishing project period, has money (yes, even AK and PM). publishing in these times is an act of love, even though it has to involve money and so aggravates our sensibilities.


hey fine with me but energy is a limited resource and shouldn't be wasted on people who as I said want everything handed to them on a silver platter.

if the book is already available for free online, what are you complaining about?


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