New Zine about Self-Care: Self as Other

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In activist circles and elsewhere, it has become commonplace to speak of self-care, taking for granted that the meaning of this expression is self-evident. But “self” and “care” are not static or monolithic; nor is “health.” How has this discourse been colonized by capitalist values? How could we expand our notion of care to encompass a transformative practice?

Following up our feature “For All We Care” analyzing the contradictory currents within the category of care, we present “Self as Other: Reconsidering Self-Care.” This zine combines that text with three more essays in which individuals recount their personal struggles with the concept and practice of care. Please print and photocopy these to share with anyone who is confronting the same issues!

Online Reading Version {4.5 MB}
Imposed Reproduction-Ready Print Version {4.6 MB}

A screen-printed, hand-bound is available for order from contributor and cover artist Corina Dross.

The Ex-Worker, Episode 9: No Time to Wait

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What’s all this talk about insurrection? We’ve been throwing around the term “insurrectionary anarchism” in recent discussions on The Ex-Worker, so in our ninth episode we seize the moment and dive headlong into this trajectory that has influenced so many contemporary anarchists. We explore its roots among Spanish guerrillas, Situationists, and Italian criminals, lay out its core ideas, and reflect on how anarchists are making use of them in struggles today. We also review Italian anarchist Alfredo Bonanno’s classic insurrectionary text Armed Joy; look back over a summer’s worth of animal liberation actions; interview a supporter of the California Prison Hunger Strike, as it enters its 55th day; share some more listener feedback on nihilism; and offer our usual array of resistance news, events, prisoner birthdays, Contradictionary terms, and more. Tune in—the time to act is now!

You can download this and all of our previous episodes on our podcast page. You can also subscribe in iTunes here or just add the feed URL to your podcast player of choice. Rate us on iTunes and let us know what you think, or send us an email to podcast@crimethinc.com. A new episode is released on the first and third Sunday of every month.

The Ex-Worker #8: Prison Abolition

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Though a week late (sorry!), the eighth episode of the Ex-Worker is our longest yet, and wraps up our series on prisons and police, as we look at ways to dismantle the prison industrial complex and to address harm directly without the state. We interview members of Critical Resistance and Support New York to learn about how prison abolition and community accountability processes play out in practice. You’ll also hear also a review of a new collection of writings from political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoats, responses to listener feedback and anarchist perspectives on gun control, plus a letter from revolutionary Tom Manning about his transfer from solitary confinement. And of course we’ve got news from struggles worldwide, event announcements, Contradictionary entries, and plenty more.

You can download this and all of our previous episodes on our podcast page. You can also subscribe in iTunes here or just add the feed URL to your podcast player of choice. Rate us on iTunes and let us know what you think, or send us an email to podcast@crimethinc.com. A new episode is supposed to be released on the first and third Sunday of every month.

A note for our open-source enthusiast listeners out there: we’ve added an OGG download alongside the MP3 for this episode as well as for all previous ones, and will make it standard practice for future releases.

NSA Stickers & Customer Appreciation Page

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Who monitors the monitors? Who looks through your Windows™? You read books, but e-books read you. To paraphrase Nietzsche, when you look into the screen, the screen looks back into you.

The recent PRISM scandal has threatened the otherwise spotless reputation of the National Security Agency. In response, we have partnered with our dear friends in the NSA to produce a Customer Appreciation Page for everyone’s favorite online profiling organization.

Our first outreach project to promote awareness about the PRISM program and the NSA in general is a state-of-the-art sticker suitable for mobile phones, computers, and a wide range of other electronic devices. Sport one of these on your laptop to let everyone know where you stand; take a roll of these to the computer lab to educate your fellow students or employees!

Visit the NSA Customer Appreciation page!

Order the PRISM Surveillance Device sticker!

The Ex-Worker #7: The Rebellion in Brazil

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In our seventh episode of the Ex-Worker, CrimethInc’s twice-monthly anarchist podcast, we turn south to focus on the massive rebellions that broke out across Brazil in June. We share excerpts from the in-depth report we published from Brazilian anarchist comrades that traces a timeline of the demonstrations and analyzes their politics, tactics, and influences. There’s also a review of the nihilist journal Attentat, tips on writing to prisoners, feedback from listeners on Guy Fawkes masks and small-town anarchy, and reports on exciting actions happening around the world.

You can download this and all of our previous episodes online. You can also subscribe in iTunes here or just add the feed URL to your podcast player of choice. Rate us on iTunes and let us know what you think, or send us an email to podcast@crimethinc.com. A new episode comes out on the first and third Sunday of every month.

The Ex-Worker #6: Making Police Obsolete

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OK, so we’re still not lovin’ the cops—but how do we live without them? In our sixth installment of the Ex-Worker, CrimethInc’s twice-monthly anarchist podcast, we follow up on our last two episodes about prisons and police with a discussion of how to stay safe without the state. We also hear a Croatan Earth First! organizer reporting back from the Round River Rendezvous and the campaign against hydrofracking, review the latest issue of Fifth Estate Magazine, discuss some listener feedback about the politics of anarchist support for the Cuban Five, and share plenty of news and events.

You can download this and all of our previous episodes online. You can
also subscribe in iTunes here or just add the feed URL to your podcast player of choice. Rate us on iTunes and let us know what you think, or send us an email to podcast@crimethinc.com. A new episode comes out on the first and third Sunday of every month.

Catharsis Discography Repress and Tour

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Last winter, we released the Catharsis full discography; it sold out almost instantly. In response to popular demand, we have re-pressed it, this time as two double gatefold LPs with oversize booklets including all the original artwork.

The first double LP includes the songs from the Samsara LP and debut 7″. The second double LP includes the complete Passion LP, “Live in the Land of the Dead” and “Arsonist’s Prayer” from the split releases, and the final song, “Absolution,” unreleased until the discography.

Ordering details and European tour information after the jump.

Podcast Episode 4: Prisons & Prison Society

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In the latest installment of our bimonthly podcast, we discuss the current US prison system and its roots in the state itself, before turning our attention to movements for the abolition and/or destruction of prisons. Our special guests include a comrade from supermax lock up and Midwest Pages to Prisoners Zine Distro. News and a review of Between Predicates, War by the Institute for Experimental Freedom round out the episode.

Download the episode or stream it online or read the full transcript. You can also subscribe in iTunes here or just add the feed URL to your podcast player of choice. Rate us on iTunes and let us know what you think, or email us at podcast@crimethinc.com. Episodes appear on the first and third Sunday of every month.

Podcast Episode 3: Luddites and Lockdowns

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Industrial civilization got you down? Download the third episode of The Ex-Worker, our twice-monthly podcast of anarchist ideas and action—then smash your computer.

A short radio play about the Luddites introduces our theme segment for this episode, launching an exploration of the vibrant history and ideology of Green Anarchism. Hosts Alanis and Clara also present an activist fresh off the Tar Sands Blockade, a review of Fredy Perlman’s seminal book Against His-Story, Against Leviathan!, a statement from grand jury resister Jerry Koch, and a wide range of international news.

You can download this episode as well as our first two episodes online. You can also subscribe in iTunes here or just add the feed URL to your podcast player of choice. Rate us on iTunes and let us know what you think, or send us an email to podcast@crimethinc.com. Episodes appear on the first and third Sunday of every month.

New Podcast Episode: The Ex-Worker on Work

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Fed up with your job, or stressed because you can’t find one? Daydreaming of a world off the clock? Tune in to the second episode of the Ex-Worker, our twice-monthly podcast of anarchist ideas and action.

Why is this podcast called “the Ex-Worker”? In this episode, hosts Alanis and Clara join a friend in a café to discuss work and how it works, in the first installment of our series exploring anarchist critiques of capitalism. Other features include a special report on 2013 May Day actions around the world, a review of Silvia Federici’s “Caliban and the Witch,” and an interview and reportback from a Canadian anarcha-feminist conference, as well as news and upcoming events, with music from Underground Reverie.

Interested? Download the episode or stream it online or read the full transcript. You can also subscribe in iTunes here or just add the feed URL to your podcast player of choice. We’ll be releasing a new episode on the first and third Sunday of every month, so stay tuned!