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Staying Safe, Waging War: A Review of J. Sakai’s Basic Politics of Movement Security

The following review is reposted from DCSC, a website devoted to “thinking critically about security, surveillance, and counterinsurgency”. J. Sakai and Mandy Hiscocks’s Basic Politics of Movement Security is available from leftwingbooks.net. This review is written by geoff, a new father and an editor of Red Skies at Night: A Journal of Revolutionary Strategy and Praxis. Geoff lives in Portland, Oregon.

 

The last few years have not been kind to radicals. In the wake of the Occupy Movement, the Pacific Northwest has seen FBI raids on anarchist houses and comrades imprisoned for resisting grand jury investigations of ...........READ MORE

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Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat from Mayflower to Modern

 

Settlers is a uniquely important book in the canon of the North American revolutionary left and anticolonial movements. First published in the 1980s by activists with decades of experience organizing in grassroots anticapitalist struggles against white supremacy, the book soon established itself as an essential reference point for revolutionary nationalists and dissident currents within the predominantly colonialist Marxist-Leninist and anarchist movements at that time.

Always controversial within the establishment Left, Settlers uncovers centuries of collaboration between capitalism and white workers and their organizations, as well as their neocolonial allies, showing how the United States was designed from the ground ...........READ MORE

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Denmark reacts to Turning Money into Rebellion

Turning Money into Rebellion, recently released by PM Press and Kersplebedeb, has received much attention in Denmark. Telling “the unlikely story of Denmark’s revolutionary bank robbers”, the book focuses on the exploits of the so-called Blekingegade Group, a circle of antiimperialist Marxists responsible for a series of robberies stretching from 1972 to 1988. All of the money acquired in the often spectacular heists was transferred to Third World liberation movements, in particular the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The Danish interest in Turning Money into Rebellion comes as no surprise. The actions of the Blekingegade Group ...........READ MORE

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Notes on the Worker Elite

In the month since the publication of Bromma’s The Worker Elite: Notes on the “Labour Artistocracy”, the book has been met with a lot of interest, including several reviews which raise a number of questions related to the text that folks may be interested in. So here’s a roundup of what i am aware of so far:

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MIM(Prisons): Reconciling Stalin with the Conditions of New Afrika Today

This review of Sanyika Shakur’s book Stand Up Struggle Forward is by Wiawimawo of MIM(Prisons). It is being reposted from http://www.prisoncensorship.info/news/all/US/1926

While we recommended his fictional T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E., and his autobiographical Monster is a good read on the reality of life in a Los Angeles lumpen organization, Shakur’s third book is most interesting to us as it provides an outline of his political line as a New Afrikan communist.1 Stand Up, Struggle Forward! is a collection of his recent essays on class, nation and gender. As such, this book gives us good insight into where MIM(Prisons) agrees and disagrees ...........READ MORE

Countering Colonization (and other great books)

So University of California Press has just made 700 of its books available for online reading (to read on a tablet you have to copy paste into some other program and do some conversions). One of these titles, which i can’t recommend highly enough, is Carol Devens’s Countering Colonization: Native American Women and Great Lakes Missions, 1630-1900, a title which has been out of print for some time now.

Countering Colonization provides an important snapshot of how some Indigenous women dealt with colonialism and patriarchy in canada, providing rich details of resistance in various forms. Strongly recommended! ...........READ MORE

Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire

Texas reigns supreme in the punishment business. With 173,000 inmates and more than twice as many paid employees as Google, Texas’s prison system is the largest in the United States, outstripping even California, which has an overall population 50 percent larger. By almost any measure, Texas stands out. The state’s per capita imprisonment rate (691 per 100,000 residents) is second only to Louisiana’s and three times higher than the Islamic Republic of Iran’s. Although Texas ranks fiftieth among states in the amount of money it spends on indigent criminal defense, it ranks first in prison growth, first in for-profit imprisonment, ...........READ MORE

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Michael Novick Reviews RAF Documentary Histories

The Red Army Faction, A Documentary History –
Volume 1: Projectiles for the People (February 2009); Volume 2: Dancing with Imperialism (June 2013)
Edited by J. Smith and André Moncourt, Published by PM Press and Kersplebedeb
Volume 1, Forewords by Russell “Maroon” Shoats and Bill Dunne
ISBN: 978-1-60486-029-0, Paperback, 736 pages, $34.95

Volume 2, Introduction by Ward Churchill
ISBN: 978-1-60486-030-6, Paperback, 480 Pages, $26.95

Volume 3 forthcoming

Much documentation in the books available at: http://www.germanguerilla.com

Graphics used in the volumes online at: http://plakat.nadir.org/

Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART)

Far from being a relic of ...........READ MORE

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Orange Is Not New, and Prison Is Not Our Best Color [Susie Day]

[Reblogged from MrZine; see the original here]

Twenty-five years ago, I, a hapless reporter on assignment, went to the DC Jail and met the woman who was to be my life’s partner.  I interviewed her about her political bombing case; we fell in love; I visited her in various prisons for 11 years; she was released; we’re now spending the rest of our lives working out our relationship, which has much to do with politics and everything with what she went through in prison.

Whatta story, right?  I haven’t written much about this because I’ve found it impossible to ...........READ MORE

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Violence Sells… But Who’s Buying? [Alpine Anarchist]

This essay is a review of The Failure of Nonviolence: From the Arab Spring to Occupy by Peter Gelderloos (Seattle: Left Bank Books, 2013) by Gabriel Kuhn; it first appeared on the Alpine Anarchist website.

When, some months ago, I read on thegild.blogspot.se that Peter Gelderloos was among someone’s “favourite activist writers”, I wasn’t surprised. Gelderloos writes from the perspective of an active participant in numerous social struggles, manages to do this without any bothersome academic jargon, lays out his arguments well, and furthers debate about subjects central to revolutionary movements. All of this also applies to his latest publication,  ...........READ MORE