Rank #1: Life Without Law – AudioZine
“An anarchist is someone who rejects the domination of one person or class of people over another. Anarchism is a very broad umbrella term for a group of political philosophies that are based on the idea that we can live as anarchists. We anarchists want a world without nations, governments, capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia… without any of the numerous, intersecting systems of domination the world bears the weight of today.”
Nov 21 2015
Rank #2: Incognito – AudioZine
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Ever wondered what it would be like to be underground? Here is a series of real-life tales of what it is like, how people made the decision, what is hardest about it, and, perhaps surprisingly, how it is awesome.
A lesser-known title from Elephant Editions.
“How much luck will you have in the race against time.
How many moves do you have left to play.
You ask yourself this and
the answer reveals that the various paths
are all but exhausted.
The next step,
and your road shows itself
with all the evidence and certainty
that allows you to go ahead.”
Oct 02 2015
Rank #3: Faggots & Their Friends – AudioZine
In a joyous and perverse intermingling of fable, myth, heterotopian vision, and pocket wisdom, The Faggots and Their Friends tell us stories of the 70s gay countercultures and offer us strategies and wisdom for our own time living between revolutions.
From the 2016 introduction:
“These pages sketch a different shape to time and offer instructions for living within it. This story, like our own, plays out in liminal time. Not the time of revolution, and not after-the-revolution, the story occurs between revolutions. Being between revolutions: being enmeshed in slow entropy, in abandoned spaces, in lives forged without recourse to ‘winning’ or ‘after’. The faggots feel this disintegration, and live best when empires are falling.”
First published in 1977 by Calamus Books, this Radical Faerie classic was reprinted last year.
“This is possibly the sweetest gay fantasy book written during the magical post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS epoch. It’s a series of poems/stories about fairy men living in a community, spending time together, wearing spangles, and mocking straight society. “ – a comment on Goodreads
Musical interludes: False Moon by Them Are Us Too
May 10 2017
Rank #4: The Unquiet Dead Chapter 3 – AudioZine
Chapter three of this multipart series discusses Spain before the war; the rise of the fascist; anarchist resistance; the betrayal of the revolution and its consequences.
The full text is available at unquietdead.tumblr.com; we will be posting recordings of other chapters in the future.
Helen Graham tells us of post-war Spain:
“The defeated cast no reflection. No public space was theirs. …The Republican dead could never be publicly mourned. The defeated were obliged to be complicit in this denial. Women concealed the violent deaths of husbands and fathers from their children in order to protect them physically and psychologically. In villages all over Spain, many kept secret lists of the dead. Sisters mentally mapped the location of their murdered brothers, but never spoke of these things. The silent knowledge of unquiet graves necessarily produced a devastating schism between public and private memory in Spain. It was a schism that would outlive even the Franco regime itself”
I write here in solidarity with these unquiet dead.
“People fight fascism to the extent to which they understand their own lives and freedom to be threatened by it. In the case of its immediate victims, the need for struggle is clear—which in no way diminishes the valor of their resistance. For those whose politics tell them that a threat to the freedom of any is a threat to the freedom of all, fighting fascism and its allies is a permanent necessity.”
Mar 10 2018
Rank #5: We Demand Nothing – AudioZine
Originally published in ‘Fire to the Prisons’ (Issue 7), Autumn 2009.
“The refusal to demand allows for the abstraction of capital to reveal itself, no longer covered up in the mysticism of word-games, i.e., we are fighting for right x because of need y based on condition z. That structure will never challenge the basis of the needs and conditions themselves. The undemanding struggle is not for anything, it is a position, a stance, a risk to become a subject of one’s own activity; until then, we are nothing but objects of capital, things moved around to work, vote, and reproduce. Capital is personified in our actions (work, consume, repeat), and the state is personified in our words (rights, justice, freedom). To refuse both personifications means to destroy the form of Man which capital and state need for their reality, that form is the proletariat and the citizen, the worker and the activist, the entrepreneur and the poet.”
Sep 02 2015
Rank #6: Witches, Midwives & Nurses – AudioZine
Women have always been healers, and medicine has always been an arena of struggle between female practitioners and male professionals. This audio zine explores two important phases in the male takeover of health care: the suppression of witches in medieval Europe and the rise of the male medical profession in the United States. The authors conclude that despite efforts to exclude them, the resurgence of women as healers should be a long-range goal of the women’s movement.
Originally published in 1973, this text offers a good brief analysis of the history of patriarchy as it relates to the medical establishment. However, it has some blind spots around Eurocentrism and intersectionality.
Musical Interludes – Stevie Nicks – Gate and Garden
Bibliography (not included in AudioZine)
-The Manufacture of Madness, by Thomas Szasz, M.D., Delta
Books, 1971. Szasz asserts that institutional phychiatry is the
modern version of the witch-hunts, with the patient in the role of
the witch. We are indebted to him for first presenting witchcraft in
the context of the struggle between professionals and lay healers.
See especially the chapter on “The Witch as Healer.”
-Satanism and Witchcraft, by Jules Michelet. The Citadel Press,
1939. A mid-nineteenth century work by a famous French
historian. A vivid book on the Middle Ages, superstition and the
Church, with a discussion of “satan as physician.”
-The Malleus Maleficarum, by Heinrich Kramer and James
Sprenger, translated by Rev. Montague Summers. The Pushkin
Press, London, 1928. Difficult medieval writing, but by far the best
source for the day-to-day operations of the witch-hunts, and for
insights into the mentality of the witch-hunter.
-The History of Witchcraft and Demonology, by Rev. Montague
Summers. University Books, New York, 1956. Written in the 1920’s
by a Catholic priest and defender-really! -of the witch-hunts.
Attacks the witch as “heretic,” “anarchist,” and “bawd.”
Witchcraft, by Pennethrone Hughes. Penguin Books, 1952. A
general introduction and survey.
-Women Healers in Medieval Life and Literature, by Muriel Joy
Hughes. Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, New York, 1943. A
conservatively written book, with good information on the state of
academic medicine and on women lay doctors and midwives.
Unfortunately, it dismisses the whole question of witchcraft.
The Witch-Cult in Western Europe, by Margaret Alice Murray.
Oxford University Press, 1921. Dr. Murray was the first person to
present the anthropological view, now widely accepted, that
witchcraft represented, in part, the survival among the people of a
-A Mirror of Witchcraft, by Christina Hole. Chatto and Windus,
London, 1957. A source-book of extracts from trial reports and
other writings, mostly from English witch trials of the 16th and 17th
-The Formation of the American Medical Profession: The Role of
Institutions, 1780-1860, by Joseph Kett. Yale University Press,
1968. Conservative point of view, but full of scattered information
on lay healers. He discusses the politically radical nature of the
-Popular Health Movement in Chapter Four.
Medicine in Americe: Historical Essays, by Richard H. Shryock.
, Johns Hopkins Press, 1966. A readable, wide-ranging and fairly
liberal book. See especially the chapters on “Women in American
-Medicine” and The Popular Health Movement.”
American Medicine and the Public Interest, by Rosemary Stevens.
Yale University Press 1971. Long and dry, but useful for the early
chapters on the formation of the American medical profession and
the role of the foundations.
-Medical Education in the US and Canada, by Abraham Flexner,
Carnegie Foundation, 1910. (Available from University
Microfilms,Ltd., Ann Arbor.) The famous “Flexner Report” that
changed the face of American medical education. Some
reasonable proposals, but amazing elitism, racism and sexism.
-The History of Nursing, by Richard Shryock. N.B. Saunders, 1959.
Better-than most nursing histories-which are usually glorifications
of nursing by nursing educators-but much worse than Shyrock’s
-Lonely Crusader: The Life of Florence Nightingale, by Cecil
Woodham-Smith. McGraw Hill, 1951. A richly detailed biography
which puts nursing in the context of the oppression of upper class
-Glances and Glimpses, by Harriet K. Hunt. Source Book Press,
1970. Rambling autobiography of a feminist and “irregular”
woman doctor of the mid-19th century. It’s useful for its
descriptions of the state of medical practice at the time.
-“The American Midwife Controversy: A Crisis of
Professionalization,” by Frances E. Kobrin. Bulletin of the History
of Medicine, July-August 1966, p. 350. Restrained and scholarly
account of the outlawing of American midwives. Very worthwhile
Dec 18 2017
Rank #7: Insurrectionary Anarchy Organising for Attack! – AudioZine
“Insurrectionary anarchism is not an ideological solution to social problems, nor a commodity on the capitalist market of ideologies and opinions. Rather it is an on-going practice aimed at putting an end to the domination of the state and the continuance of capitalism, which requires analysis and discussion to advance. Historically, most anarchists, except those who believed that society would evolve to the point that it would leave the state behind, have believed that some sort of insurrectionary activity would be necessary to radically transform society. Most simply, this means that the state has to be knocked out of existence by the exploited and excluded, thus anarchists must attack: waiting for the state to disappear is defeat.”
Musical interludes New Noise by Refused
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Mar 26 2017
Rank #8: Toward the Destruction of Schooling – AudioZine
This zine is a revolutionary critique of schooling and its role in maintaining relationships of coercion and domination in modern society.
“As students go hazily from class to class, box to box, schooling as a technique of social control perpetuates itself. And as leftists drone on about better education for the people, for the masses of people, they are unaware of what an important role they play in reproducing existent social and economic formations.”
Mar 14 2016
Rank #9: Another Word for White Ally is Coward – AudioZine
“The concept of the White Ally is bankrupt. One cannot be an ally to a category of people. To speak the words “I am a White Ally to people of color” is to commit an act of double speak, to internalize non-sense. There is no singular black voice that can be listened to, no authentic community leadership which to follow. There are only many different people with different ideas, life experiences and perspectives. To think otherwise, to think that all black people share a common opinion is extremely problematic, one might even say racist. One can be an ally to individuals though there are other words in the English language which describe this relationship with more grace: friend, lover, partner and sometimes cellmate or co-defendant.”
Music: Lil Boosie – Fuck the Police Ft. Webbie
Jul 18 2018
Rank #10: The Unquiet Dead Ch4 – AudioZine
The Unquiet Dead: Anarchism, Fascism, and Mythology. Chapter 4. The White Goddess: Essentialism and the Land – by anonymous – MP3 – Read – Print – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
Chapter four of this multipart series discusses appropriation and essentialism in white feminist spirituality and/or white environmentalist circles. The full text is available at unquietdead.tumblr.com; we will be posting recordings of other chapters in the future.
“I have felt troubled for some time over some white feminist practice and advocacy of essentialist ‘nature spiritualities.’ This tendency is certainly not limited to feminists, but I find it most upsetting as it is performed by them—the political deployment of a belief structure under the premise of sisterhood can be insidious. If we are against fascism, we must ask in what ways we are replicating its themes in our struggle for freedom, and how may we fight that tendency. I write not as part of a relentless drift towards inertia, the enforcement of identity politics that prevents movement; rather, I want to examine the real friction present between white feminists and those they are trying to save. Essentialism has poisoned our common well for too long.”
Musical interludes – Sleater-Kinney – Stay Where You Are
“When the Goddess becomes a white woman, is She any less terrifying than the Christian God—and if so, is that not a reaffirmation of essentialist misogyny? How can we approach issues of gender, race, spirituality and the “natural world” without reinforcing the oppressive constructs inherent in each? How can white people show real solidarity to those with marginalized histories, the kind of solidarity that changes our mutual present? How can people of color engaged in resistance to white supremacy and efforts towards self-actualization be recognized in ways that do not prop up racial difference or assimilationist enclosure?”
You can also listen to the Cyborg Manifesto, which is discussed in this text.
Apr 18 2018
Rank #11: N30: The Seattle WTO Protests – AudioZine
With the sub-title “The Seattle WTO Protests: A memoir and analysis, with an eye to the future,” N30 is an excellent overview by Crimethinc of the 1999 protests against the World Trade Organization (WTO). For better or worst, the Seattle WTO was one of the pivotal moments in recent anarchist history in the U.S. The zine combines an exciting personal account of the protests with a somewhat more academic—but nevertheless interesting—analysis of the protest from the RAND Corporation. It ends with a afterward written 7 years later by crimethInc. Very long and very detailed!
We also used protest sounds from the movie Breaking the Spell, an excellent documentary about the WTO protests in Seattle also made by CrimethInc.
Jun 17 2018
Rank #12: Revolutionary Echoes From Syria – AudioZine
The discussion below reflects an overview of the conditions experienced by individuals who are trying to liberate themselves from the system of social hypocrisy and the mentality of subordination. Our experience is still fragile, a newborn.
During the revolution and even now the difficulty lies in our inability to observe clearly the inherent authoritarian power within the society and the state. Consequently this prevented – and still prevents – us from stripping the layers they hide behind and fighting them raw and bare.
“Have no Kalashnikov, Choose Molotov.”
Feb 13 2017
Rank #13: Lines In Sand – AudioZine
“…I think we all need to fiercely reject the Ally as a primary identity of
struggle. You cannot give solidarity if you are not struggling first
and foremost for your own reasons. To be only or primarily an ally is to
be a parasite on others’ struggles, with no hope greater than to be a
benign parasite; it is to refuse to acknowledge our interests and place
in the world out of a dogmatic insistence on identifying ourselves with
the system we are supposed to be fighting. Being aware of relative
oppression and privilege is vital, but emphasizing those differences
over the fact that all of us have common enemies and all of us have
reasons to destroy the entire system is deliberately missing
opportunities to make ourselves stronger in this fight.”
Lines in Sand is a collection by various unnamed authors with an intro by Peter Gelderloos that looks
critically at identity politics and anti-oppression politics. All of
them are very thought provoking and well worth reading. These aren’t
knee-jerk criticisms, but rather are thoughtful explorations of the
problematic aspects of identity and anti-oppression politics and
“…tokenization and paternalism are on any list of “fucked up” behaviors in
an anti-oppression practice, thus the practice protects itself from
open complicity with the very problems it creates. Human agency is a
fundamental component of freedom, perhaps the most important one;
therefore if someone is denied agency in their own struggle because the
most legit thing they can do is be an ally to someone else’s struggle,
it is inevitable that they will exercise their agency in the course of
supporting a struggle they view as someone else’s. To do so, they will
either look for any oppressed person who supports a form of struggle
they feel inclined towards, and use them as a legitimating façade, or
they will try to participate fully and affect the course of a broader
campaign or coalition in which they are pretending to be mere allies. In
other words, by presenting privilege as a good thing, anti-oppression
politics creates privileged people who have nothing to fight for and
inevitably tokenize or paternalize those whose struggles are deemed
Jun 19 2017
Rank #14: The Unquiet Dead .5 introduction – AudioZine
This is the first installment of a book-length piece, The Unquiet Dead. The full text is available at unquietdead.tumblr.com; we will be posting recordings of other chapters in the future. The introduction includes an explanation of the project and reflections on history, myth, and essentialism.
“…We organized against white supremacy, which exists in non-fascist formations but is closely linked to fascism… and we knew that the U.S. police continue to be an armed, powerful, racist organization with links to explicitly fascist groups. Still, in many ways, we slept.
Alas, there is no haven to flee to; we cannot escape our doom, whether it comes from without or within, without facing it down. At present, this country is threatened by ISIS, a religious-fascist state force; rightwing populists use ISIS to justify their fascist rhetoric; the police continue to murder black people with little consequence; and elements of fascist mythology sometimes even manifest within radical communities.”
Musical Interludes – Over and Over by The Syndicate
Aug 25 2017
Rank #15: Cyborg Manifesto – AudioZine
“It means both building and destroying machines, identities, categories, relationships, space stories. Though both are bound in the spiral dance, I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess.”
This prescient essay, while not written from a specifically anarchist perspective, remains unparalleled in its creative exploration of resistance predicated on a rejection of purity and “the natural.” Haraway’s cyborg transcends notions of intersectionality to trouble essentialism at its root. Her challenge to us–to imaginatively take up power in the course of its rejection–has been answered by many, but adequately refuted by none.
While we find this an intentionally anti-essentialist essay, and are aware of Haraway’s history of solidarity with trans women, we must note with regret her use of the term “Phallogocentrism.”
Dec 27 2015
Rank #16: The Witch’s Child – AudioZine
We recorded and released this piece in 2015 but that version of the text omitted some key parts. So in anticipation of this years May Day we have reformatted the zine and rerecorded the audio. We hope this beautiful story gives you the strength and inspiration to sprout forth for spring.
“This is why it seems you have everything, but you feel you have nothing. Trust your feelings. Do not numb them with the pills they offer you. Because those feelings of anguish and rage are the same itch the seed feels in the last days of Winter, before it bursts open and sends out its buds into the world. It is this growth—uncontrolled, spontaneous—that would deprive them of their soldiers, which is why they fear it above all else.”
Music by: Mariee Sioux – Flowers and Blood
Apr 14 2018
Rank #17: Archipelago – AudioZine
This zine explores the topic of affinity and informal organization. The author(s) argue that informal organizations based on affinity are the ideal ways of acting as anarchist because they overcome the limits of qualitative projects and organizations that exist as ends in and of themselves. Incorporated into the text are criticisms of formal organizations and discussions of what exactly affinity means.
[Translated from Salto, subversion & anarchy, issue #2, november 2012 (Brussels).]
“We believe that anarchists have the most amount of freedom and autonomy of movement to intervene in social conflictivity if they organize themselves in small groups based on affinity, rather than in huge formations or in quantitative organizational forms. Of course, it is desirable and often necessary that these small groups are able to come to an understanding between each other.”
Musical Interludes: I Only Wish This For You by Saltland
Jun 08 2017
Rank #18: Joy Unto Death – Audio Zine
Click Here for a chapterized version.
“Life cannot simply be something to cling to. This thought skims through everyone at least once. We have a possibility that makes us freer than the gods: we can quit. This is an idea to be savoured to the end. Nothing and no one is obliging us to live. Not even death. For that reason our life is a tabula rasa, a slate on which nothing has been written, so contains all the words possible.”
*1 Materialism of Joy * 2 The Practice of Joy before Death – Bataille * 3 One’s Life on the Line – Bonanno *4 Paradoxes of Sovereignty – Tiqqun *5 Class Hatred – Dupont *6 Bartleby – Agamben *7 The Simplest of Pleasures – Foucault *8 Eternity Through the Stars – Blanqui
*9 To the Aspiring Suicides…
Feb 12 2016
Rank #19: Undoing Sex – AudioZine
*This zine contains discussion of sexual assault*
“Undoing Sex” is a critique of sex-positivity that both draws upon and completely transcends second-wave feminist critiques. The essay explores the metaphysical quandaries faced by the “not-man” in their engagement with and survival of sex. Centering sex negativity in a transgender, queer experience of how the image of sexual pleasure and health is produced, marketed, and consumed by people of all genders, the text brings Marx, Foucault, Afropessimism, and other currently useful theories to bear upon the sexual impasse many (all?) of us face. It offers no prescriptive conclusions, but rather to speaks an array of inadequate coping strategies. We recommend it for all those who choose to have sex, for all those who choose to not have sex, and for those who feel that “choice” is not an adequate word.
Musical interludes – La Roux – In For The Kill
We must avoid falling into this trap, and so must always keep in mind that the celibate body is no purer, no more feminist, no less exploited. Just as a refusal to eat meat makes no change to the material basis of industrial agriculture, our refusals to fuck, much as our desires to fuck in different ways, don’t crack the material base of patriarchy. They may engender a better quality of life or more agency for individuals or communities, but these liberal models of “resistance” offer nothing in the way of a total break. This is the impasse faced by radical feminism: gestures proliferate but they only ever point towards the abolition of gender, glancing so close but never reaching the moment of Truth.
Jul 24 2017
Rank #20: Manifesto of the Committee to Abolish Outer Space – AudioZine
We have been lied to, subjected to a cruel and chilly lie, one so vast and total it’s no longer fully perceivable but has turned into the unseen substrate of everyday life. It’s a political lie. They told us that outer space is beautiful.
Jul 04 2015