AK Press Defies Expectations — Again

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By Sam Lefebvre
April 22, 2015
East Bay Express

Radical politics and roaring infernos are well acquainted. Countless insurrectionary screeds invoke flames as harbingers of necessary cataclysm, while such fiery fixations are reflected in the titles of avowed anarchist publications such as The Match and, locally, Fireworks. The literature published and distributed by AK Press chronicles centuries of blazing sedition — both figuratively and for real — and advocates for more. Considering that, AK Press' more vindictive detractors might've relished the news that last month the organization's Oakland headquarters at 674 23rd Street caught fire.

"Ever since, we noticed that we're all using fire metaphors," confirmed collective member Charles Weigl, 52. He said that AK Press was his third anarchist job, smirking at the contradiction of terms. Weigl has written at length about how the importance of spreading propaganda overwhelms the apparent hypocrisy of critiquing and participating in capitalism.

"We're used to adversity and we're always operating by the skin of our teeth," he said of AK Press. "But we don't have a bunch of resources going to things like stupidly high-paid CEOs."

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