The first book, printed in standard black ink, continues the inquiry into modern life and its discontents begun in Days of War, Nights of Love. Just as that book included improved versions of texts originally published between and , this book draws on CrimethInc. The second book, in red ink, is a composite account, related by three narrators, of the adventures and tribulations that inevitably ensue when people pursuing their dreams enter into conflict with the world as it is. Together these comprise a third book, an exploration of the complex relationship between ideals and reality. Expect Resistance is a field manual for a field on which all manuals are useless, a meditation on individual transformation and collective resistance in disastrous times, and a masterpiece that raises the bar for radical publishing.
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The first book, printed in standard black ink, continues the inquiry into modern life and its discontents begun in Days of War, Nights of Love. Just as that book included improved versions of texts originally published between and , this book draws on CrimethInc.
The second book, in red ink, is a composite account, related by three narrators, of the adventures and tribulations that inevitably ensue when people pursuing their dreams enter into conflict with the world as it is.
Together these comprise a third book, an exploration of the complex relationship between ideals and reality. Expect Resistance is a field manual for a field on which all manuals are useless, a meditation on individual transformation and collective resistance in disastrous times, and a masterpiece that raises the bar for radical publishing. Gallery image 01 of Expect Resistance : a crimethink field manual Gallery image 02 of Expect Resistance : a crimethink field manual Gallery image 03 of Expect Resistance : a crimethink field manual Gallery image 04 of Expect Resistance : a crimethink field manual Gallery image 05 of Expect Resistance : a crimethink field manual Gallery image 06 of Expect Resistance : a crimethink field manual Reviews Nothing lacks in either beauty or message on all counts … Epic proportion, insistent proclamation, and impeccable production.
A highly readable, enlightened, and insightful page epistle. Fifth Estate , Summer , Delves into the complexities, consequences and pitfalls of radical activism in a way that other celebratory books about the anti-capitalist movement have shied away from.
The Indypendent , August , Stockholders! Police chiefs! Read and Reading Tremble CrimethInc. Launches New Offensive with the Publication of Expect Resistance They called us bourgeois for urging people to abandon bourgeois culture. They called us anti-worker for refusing complicity in exploitation. They dismissed our advocacy of plagiarism as unoriginal.
They mocked us for producing paper bullets, Then cried foul play when those projectiles hit their targets. When we subsisted on crusts of bread, they insisted it was the upper crusts; When we discovered cornucopias of abundance, they preferred their sour grapes. Long ago, we embarked on the greatest adventure of our lives: the total rejection of hierarchy, submission, and tedium, of status and status quo.
Seceding from an entirely colonized world, we cast ourselves as crash-test dummies in a life-or-death mission to smash through the walls of capitalism. To our surprise, we are now able to present Expect Resistance, a coded account of our adventures hitting those walls and a full report on our findings beyond them. Printed in stunning black and red and bound in the skin of corporate executives, Expect Resistance is the perfect coffee table book for anyone who lives out of a backpack.
Our writers have spent years experimenting with every possible extremity of existence; our editors have spent months hammering out imperfections and adding sickles to the periods to turn them into question marks; our designers, as everyone knows, are the best in the business, not to mention the best against it.
A thousand sleeper cells across the planet prepare to swing into action as this announcement is typed. Concerned citizens may object that some of the raw materials from which this book has been assembled have yet to enter the public domain; we ask them to think of Expect Resistance as a book ahead of its time. To enjoy your very own copy of Expect Resistance, simply commit to a project as ambitious and absurd as our own, blunder obstinately forward for several years, then send a few dollars to CrimethInc.
Far East to defray printing and shipping expenses. Better yet, save your money and request a copy at your local library. Still in love with all of you and the amazing things we have yet to do — your faithful ex-workers They will say we refused everything to make a beautiful but utopian negation—as if it were just a work of art we were out to create. They will say that, like generations of nihilists before us, we uttered our grandiose denial and then were driven by it into the wilds of oblivion.
They will praise the product—product being their specialty—and deny the evidence. They will imply that we could not have lived—but we do live, we live! Others are reviews to the same extent that bayoneting is a medical operation 1.
It is our hope, of course, that reviews of Expect Resistance will dramatically overshadow the book itself in terms of inventiveness and discernment.
In that spirit, allow us to offer some starting points for potential reviewers 2 : The Website Review: In this hectic era, when people purchase books as a way of consoling themselves for lacking the time to read them, it is necessary that reviews be as short as possible—both to maximize sales, and to minimize attention spans. While it lacks the bumper-sticker-slogan urgency of Days of War in places, it makes up for that with more layers and depth, not to mention ambiguity. The black texts—the digressions—maintain the format CrimethInc.
The red texts interweave three narratives, which appear in no particular order but always include a hint from which the reader can deduce which character is speaking. The Political Analysis: Comparing the text inside the front cover of Expect Resistance to the original version that circulated on a poster in , it is clear that the publishers are taking their project more seriously today—one might even say more grimly.
This is not to say they have given up on revolution—on the contrary. Expect Resistance finds them more focused on the social aspects of revolutionary struggle. While the chapter on capitalism formed the heart of Days of War, and the general program that book offered was refusing to sell oneself, the section on democracy occupies the center of Expect Resistance, and the stories within focus on the efforts of individuals to coexist and collaborate outside the competitive frameworks offered by hierarchical society.
The Philosophical Approach: CrimethInc. Days of War rejected the valorization of the past over the present implied in the modern conception of history, proposing instead the eternal present of mythology.
At the heart of the narrative portion of Expect Resistance, one finds the notion that history is a repeating cycle, yet a cycle that may break off unexpectedly. This is a chronicle of things that are going to happen. But history always doubles back on itself, trying the same experiments endlessly over until they produce different results. The Historical Context: This is one of the first serious anarchist texts to attempt to engage with the effects of the September 11 attacks in the US.
Through thinly-veiled allegory, it follows the jarring shift from the heady days of resurgent anticapitalism to the despair, malaise, and witch-hunts of the years that followed. Likewise, it hints at paths forward for anarchists today. The Biblical Allegory: In his Divine Comedy, Dante suggested that the denizens of hell experience time backwards, remembering the future rather than the past. If we are to take the flap inside the front cover at face value, Expect Resistance is a backwards retelling of the creation myth from the book of Genesis, chronicling the overturning of divine judgment and the return of humanity to a state of grace.
If we draw this conceit out further, the apocalypse must precede the first pages of the book, occurring before its protagonists have woken up to the conflicts around and within them: that is to say, the story starts from the end of the world, which we are currently experiencing on endless repeat.
The Marxist Take: The authors seem to see hierarchy as ultimately grounded in psychological and cultural conditions rather than material economic conditions. Indeed, the cover design and text are positively opaque—they give the unfortunate who picks up Expect Resistance by chance nothing to go on at all. The Incisive Denunciation: Perhaps most telling is what is not included.
Where, for example, are the punk and do-it-yourself subcultures that have been so important to the genesis and development of CrimethInc.? To leave them out of this story is to present effect without cause—to pretend that activities and values that only make sense within that specific context are universal.
Likewise, barring a sentence on page 72, where are the queer and trans people in this story? And, for that matter, the children? Revolutionary anarchists are sometimes accused of making a lifelong project out of rebelling against authoritarian fathers, and one cannot help but wonder what a Freudian psychologist would say about this: the Absent Father returns as the All-Powerful State, perhaps?
According to their line of thinking, language itself is comprised of quotations and references—otherwise, it would not serve to communicate at all. Be that as it may, the wealth of obscure references in this book is a veritable gold mine for those who would prove their erudition.
Accordingly, we announce a contest—any reader who can locate at least half of the texts in Expect Resistance adapted from the following sources 3 can name his or her price. Email answers to rollingthunder crimethinc. Self-styled immediatist Hakim Bey.
Work: Capitalism and Resistance in the 21st Century Work presents a schematic analysis of how a profit-driven society distributes power and agency, exploring the ways that the economy has shifted since the age of industrialism and the Fordist compromise and proposing how we might update our strategies for anti-capitalist resistance. This book is one of the few popularly accessible efforts to update anti-capitalist analysis from the dusty Marxist models of the 19th century. If you want to understand why unions have not been able to stabilize wages for two generations, why neoliberal globalization prevents governments from enacting reforms without immediate negative consequences via the financial market, how labor movements that originally fought for the liberation from work were coopted into preserving and stabilizing the capitalist system, and what it would take to abolish capitalism once and for all—this is the book for you. The red text tells a story; the black text presents a critique of all the different forms of alienation, confinement, and coercion in our everyday lives and points the way to a resilient struggle for collective liberation. The books in production.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Since the summer of , CrimethInc. Typically featuring the performances of traveling theatrical troupes, musicians, direct-action and mutual-aid workshops from individual participants, the few-days-long camping trips have attracted coverage in newspaper articles,  initiated multiple Reclaim the Streets actions, mobilized large Critical Mass events, and catalyzed many other activities. There has been a pattern of promoting convergences as festivals, reminiscent of barnstorming flying circuses and travelling sideshows. Grimy and feral-looking, the CrimethInc kids squatted in small groups around a clearing
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