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Contact details:
Freedom Bookshop
84b Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX
020 7247 9249



Black Flag #233
Price: £3.00
One of Britain’s longest-running anarchist magazines providing a voice for thought-provoking theoretical, investigative and historical work.
Cover story: The lessons of modern protest
In focus: The students’ fight
Analysis: Exposing neoliberal doublespeak as cuts hit the economic “recovery”
Interview: Active Distribution
Interview: Atari Teenage Riot
History: Making of a people’s song: How the Red Flag was inspired by anarchists
Radical Reprint: Remembering Kronstadt on its 90th anniversary
History: Part Two of Brian Morris’s ode to the revolutionary prince, Peter Kropotkin
Review: Iain McKay’s introduction to Mutual Aid
Review response: Dave Douglass, Ade Dimmick and Nick Heath go over the lengthy review of Douglass’s biography from last issue


Organise! #76 - Summer 2011
Price: £2.50
Magazine of the Anarchist Federation
Editorial – UK Unmasked and the New Kids on the Bloc
“Either we will bow our heads or we will take our future in our hands”: a brief history of Greek anarchism
Throw Your TV at Your Boss! (TYTVAYB!)
The Alienation of Work and Leisure in Capitalist Society
Sabotage: The Ideas of Émile Pouget
The Tunisian Revolt
The Paris Commune of 1871 and its Impact
Maximilien Luce: Neo-impressionist painter and anarchist
Book Reviews: » The World that Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents Alex Butterworth
» Carlo Pisacane’s ‘La Rivoluzione’. Revolution: an alternative answer to the Italian question Richard Mann Roberts
Dreams of freedom: a Ricardo Flores Magon reader Chaz Bufe



Springtime: The New Student Rebellions
Author: Clare Solomon (editor) Tania Palmieri (editor)
Price: £9.99
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 978-1844677405

First-hand accounts of the momentous student movement that shook the world. The autumn and winter of 2010 saw an unprecedented wave of student protests across the UK, in response to the coalition government’s savage cuts in state funding for higher education, cuts which formed the basis for an ideological attack on the nature of education itself. Involving universities and schools, occupations, sit-ins and demonstrations, these protests spread with remarkable speed. The book explores how the protests spread and how they were organised, through the unprecedented use of social networking media such as Facebook and Twitter. It looks, too, at events on the ground, the demonstrations, and the police tactics: kettling, cavalry charges and violent assault.



A User’s Guide to (Demanding) the Impossible
Author: Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination
Price: £5.00
Publisher: Minor Compositions
ISBN: 978-1-57027-208-0

This guide is not a road map or instruction manual. It’s a match struck in the dark, a homemade multi-tool to help you carve out your own path through the ruins of the present, warmed by the stories and strategies of those who took Bertolt Brecht’s words to heart: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”

It was written in a whirlwind of three days in December 2010, between the first and second days of action by UK students against the government cuts, and intended to reflect on the possibility of new creative forms of action in the current movements.




Work: Capitalism. Economics. Resistance
Author: Crimethinc
Price: £6.99
Publisher: Crimethinc
ISBN: 978-0970910172

After so much technological progress, why do we have to work more than ever before? How is it that the harder we work, the poorer we end up compared to our bosses? When the economy crashes, why do people focus on protecting their jobs when no one likes working in the first place? Can capitalism survive another century of crises?

Our newest book, entitled Work, addresses these questions and a great many more. To answer them, we had to revisit our previous analysis of employment and develop a more nuanced understanding of the economy. We spent months studying obscure history and comparing notes about how we experience exploitation in our daily lives, slowly hammering out a grand unified theory of contemporary capitalism.


Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy
Author: Gabriel Kuhn
Price: £20.00
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1604860528

Over the last couple of decades an ideological battle has raged over the political legacy and cultural symbolism of the “golden age” pirates who roamed the seas between the Caribbean Islands and the Indian Ocean from 1690 to 1725. They are depicted as romanticized villains on the one hand, and as genuine social rebels on the other. Life Under the Jolly Roger examines the political and cultural significance of these nomadic outlaws by relating historical accounts to a wide range of theoretical concepts — reaching from Marshall Sahlins and Pierre Clastres to Mao-Tse Tung and Eric J. Hobsbawm via Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault. The meanings of race, gender, sexuality, and disability in golden age pirate communities are analyzed and contextualized, as are the piratesʼ forms of organization, economy and ethics.

While providing an extensive catalog of scholarly references for the academic reader, this delightful and engaging study is directed at a wide audience and demands no other requirements than a love for pirates, daring theoretical speculation and passionate, yet respectful, inquiry.



Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction
Author: Margaret Killjoy
Price: £8.00
Publisher: AK Press
ISBN: 978-1849350020

The best fiction has always been a little…dangerous. For centuries, authors have used the veil of fiction to cast a critical eye toward the larger society around them: think of Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Issac Asimov, Margaret Atwood, Aldous Huxley, J.R.R. Tolkien, H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley, and beyond. And now, for the first time, some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction discuss the endless possibilities of the world of fiction with a specific focus on anarchist politics.

In a series of interviews with SteamPunk Magazine founder Margaret Killjoy, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alan Moore, Lewis Shiner, Starhawk, Derrick Jensen, Cristy C. Road, Michael Moorcock, and a variety of other up-and-coming young writers reflect on the ways in which their personal politics have shaped their work. Plus, a fantastic introduction by best-selling sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson!



Common Ground in a Liquid City: Essays in Defense of an Urban Future
Author: Matt Hern
Price: £12.00
Publisher: AK Press
ISBN: 978-1849350105

If we want to preserve what’s still left of the natural world, we need to stop using so much of it. And cities are the best chance we have left for a sustainable future… but only if they remain vibrant, dynamic spaces that are unfolded by millions of people working together – and not by master plans and planners. What will it take to make our cities truly sustainable? In a world where the flow of money and jobs and people is largely determined by the whims of global capital, Matt Hern’s Common Ground in a Liquid City is a refreshingly down-to-earth look at the importance of place in the urban future.

Using his own hometown of Vancouver – the poster city for “sustainable” urban development – as a foil, Matt travels around the globe in search of the elements that make our cities livable. Each of Hern’s ten chapters focuses on a central theme of city life: diversity, street life, crime, population density, water and natural life, gentrification, and globalism. What emerges in the end is an appealing portrait of what the urban future might look like – environmentally friendly, locally focused, and governed from below. Engaging, accessible, and relentlessly original, Common Ground in a Liquid City is an appealing portrait of what the urban future.

Contact details:
Freedom Bookshop
84b Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX
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