Rent is Theft is different in that it shrugs off popular yet superficial condemnation of the upper-middle-class, and instead focuses on the fundamental social and economic structures that make gentrification possible, and offers radical solutions for a better world. In the first issue we focus on the argument against rent, the history of Bushwick, Brooklyn, the city policies of police violence, and the world we wish to see. Throughout the publication, we seek to make the case for instigating an indefinite rent strike, expropriating property from the landlords, and advocating for the renters taking control of their homes.
The Anarchist Library has been updated! As the library unfolds and develops into its current iteration, we would like to share with you some of new and exciting things happening and remind you of some old ones.
The Base, Brooklyn’s prime anarchist social center, has been programmed from top to bottom for over a year. So far it’s been a center for radical study, a conduit to connect people and projects around the globe, and a center for workshops and skillshares. On a given night people can meet Brazilian Anarchists, learn how to make a successful squat, or join a conversation about Durruti’s exploits.
Left Bank Books is republishing Fredy Perlman's classic novel Letters of Insurgents. Originally published by Black and Red in 1976, and out of print for several years, this epistolary novel tells the story of two individuals living on distant continents resume contact through correspondence. They describe meaningful events and relationships in their lives during the twenty years since their youthful liaison, comparing the choices each took.
For as long as I can remember, I have considered myself a libertarian who believed in limited government as conceived by the Founding Fathers. I considered Anarchists to be just a little too far out there. After all, aren't there some things we can't accomplish for ourselves? Surely we must need some form of government in order to avoid chaos.
“As a statement it’s great, as a giant FUCK YOU it shows integrity – a sick, twisted, dunced-out, malevolent, perverted, psychopathic integrity, but integrity nevertheless, to say this is what I think of you and this is how I feel right now and if you don’t like it too bad.” Lester Bangs, writing about Lou Reed’s "Metal Machine Music."
On 27 October 2013, Lou Reed passed away at the age of 71. As the principal songwriter for the Velvet Underground, Reed was the first to sing openly and in a nonjudgmental fashion about homosexuality, unconventional sexual behavior and the use of illegal drugs – and he did so at a time when most other 1960s musicians, even the most radical among them, were stilling singing songs about peace and love.
We are still on strike and back-pay is still being withheld. On September 1, people who want to undermine our union created a fake indymedia facebook page and used it to publicly publish a phony press release meant to look like it was written by us. This press release falsely claimed that we had called an end to our strike. This fake press release is clearly meant to confuse people into unknowingly working against the rights of the striking workers by fundraising for or giving money to Sisters' Camelot while the fundraisers are still on strike. This statement is meant to help clarify this confusion created by such dishonesty.
This fall (starting in less than 3 weeks) we (LBC) are heading out of California. We will be visiting campuses, houses, and infoshops around the US (or at least most of the area west of the Mississippi). We will be discussing infra, publishing, and the ideas published in the books we publish and distribute. If you are in the area of the towns we are visiting please come by and say hello. If you are in the towns between the towns we are stopping and would like to check out LBC drop us a line and we’ll figure out what we can do.