We Are Many

We Are Many

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October, 2012

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A book I edited alongside Kate Khatib and Mike McGuire. One of the most all-encompassing analyses of the Occupy movement, edited and contributed to by movement participants. A strategic intervention intended to deepen our understanding and analysis of what we’ve accomplished, and to illuminate key strategies for future struggles.

“A deftly edited anthology” —The New Yorker

“We Are Many brings together a chorus voices straight from the trenches of the Occupy movement, offering an honest, open series of self assessments and thoughtful critiques, and opening numerous windows into what might lie ahead. If participatory social movements are to learn from Occupy and continue to evolve, then this book is a firm step in the right direction.” —Gan Golan, co-author of Goodnight Bush and The Adventures of Unemployed Man

“It is all too rare that in the process of creating the movement and living the moment, participants and thinkers step back and ask the most pressing questions. This book is an important step.” —Marina Sitrin, author of Horizontalism

A Steampunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse

A Steampunk's Guide to the Apocalypse

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July, 2012

Combustion Books

In Italiano

Agenzia X, 2008

A fully illustrated mad-scientist’s guide to the apocalypse, with particular focus on water filtration and community disaster response. Both lighthearted and serious, and honestly not all that steampunk. First published by Strangers In A Tangled Wilderness as a zine in 2007, then in Italian as a book titled Guida steampunk all’apocalisse in 2008, then finally printed in English as a book by Combustion Books in 2012.

A courageous future lies ahead of us. We wave goodbye, on no uncertain terms, to the invisible workings of the cyberian world. Our future lies in an honest technology, a technology that is within our reach, a technology that will not abandon us, a technology that requires not the dark oils of subterranean caverns.

Consider this book to be your boon companion during the trying times that lie ahead. No single tome—no matter how voluminous—could be complete, of course, but this little handbook should aid in keeping you fed, watered, clothed, and protected from the myriad hazards of weather, human, and beast.

Mythmakers & Lawbreakers

Mythmakers & Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction

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October, 2009

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For this book, I interviewed a number of anarchist writers of fiction about what it means to be both an anarchist–concerned with social change on a fundamental level–and a fiction writer–weaving the stories that shape our ideas of who we are and what is possible. Includes interviews with Ursula le Guin, Alan Moore, Lewis Shiner, Cristy C Road, CrimethInc, and many others. Featuring an introduction by Kim Stanley Robinson.

I also collected detailed appendices including biographies of every anarchist fiction writer I was able to find, the overlap of many prominent authors with anarchism throughout history, and lists of books that deal directly with anarchist societies or characters.

“Anarchism suggests that the great majority of us would be far better off in a horizontal arrangement, an association of equals. Such a horizontality in the realm of power used to be derided as hopelessly naïve and unrealistic, but the more we learn about our human past and our primate ancestors, the more it becomes clear that this was the norm during the entirety of our evolution.”
–Kim Stanley Robinson, from the introduction

“I may agree with Shelley that poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, but he didn’t mean they really get many laws enacted, and I guess I didn’t ever really look for definable, practical results of anything I wrote. My utopias are not blueprints. In fact, I distrust utopias that pretend to be blueprints. Fiction is not a good medium for preaching or for planning. It is really good, though, for what we used to call
consciousness-raising.”
–Ursula le Guin, from her interview in the book

Take What You Need and Compost the Rest

Take What You Need and Compost the Rest

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2013

Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness

auf Deutsch

Black Mosquito, 2013

A pamphlet collecting six essays originally written for Alan Moore’s Dodgem Logic between 2010-2011. Take What You Need and Compost the Rest presents “post-civilization” as an anarchist political theory in which many of the basic tenants of civilization are rejected but many of the advantages of civilization are retained–a sort of scavenger attitude applied to politics. Essay topics include pro-science anti-civilization, cooperative scavenging, community survival, and the city that isn’t a city.

I would argue (mostly for fun, I admit: there isn’t too much of a point in strongly holding one’s own definitions of words over the definitions that others use) that civilization can be described by its linear thinking. (To refer back to my dictionary, civilization is “the stage of human social development and organization that is considered most advanced.” “Most advanced” strikes me as pretty linear thinking.) Science is always equated with civilization, but I’d love to see the two concepts divorced. Science is a system with which to explore the natural laws of our world, to develop technologies with. And yet science has been held at the mercy of civilization. Civilization refuses to go back. It encourages us only to push forward, it argues that anything newly developed is more worthwhile than what came before. It does not let us question our fundaments.