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CrimethInc.

CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective
CrimethInc. "hand" logo
Type Decentralized collective
Purpose The "pursuit of a freer and more joyous world"[1]
Membership
Voluntary association
Website www.crimethinc.com

CrimethInc., also known as CWC ("CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective" or "CrimethInc Ex-Workers Ex-Collective"[2]), is a decentralized anarchist collective of autonomous cells.[3] CrimethInc. emerged in the mid-1990s,[4] initially as the hardcore zine Inside Front, and began operating as a collective in 1996.[5] It has since published widely read articles and zines for the anarchist movement and distributed posters and books of its own publication.[6]

CrimethInc. cells have published books, released records, and organized national campaigns against direct action (including arson and hacktivism), hosted international conventions and other events, maintained local chapters, sparked riots, and toured with multimedia performance art or hardcore anarcho-punk musical ensembles. The collective has received national media and academic attention, as well as criticism and praise from other anarchists for its activities and philosophy. CrimethInc. has an association with the North American anarcho-punk scene due to its relationship with artists in the genre and its publishing of Inside Front. It has since expanded into the contemporary anti-capitalist movement.

Contents

  • Activities 1
    • Publications 1.1
    • Convergences 1.2
  • Philosophy 2
  • Reception amongst radicals 3
  • See also 4
  • Footnotes and references 5
  • External links 6
    • Cells 6.1
    • Other 6.2

Activities

Part of the Anarchism series on CrimethInc.

Publications
Zines/journals

Inside Front
Fighting For Our Lives
Rolling Thunder
Harbinger

Books

Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs
Days of War, Nights of Love
Recipes for Disaster
The Secret World of Terijian
Expect Resistance
Work

Letters series:

Evasion
Off the Map
Rusty String Quartet
Stone Hotel

Film

CrimethInc. Guerilla Film Series, Volume One

Music
Discography

Catharsis
Requiem
Ümlaut
Zegota

Campaigns

Don't Just Vote, Get Active
Unabomber for President

Related subjects

Curious George Brigade
CrimethInc. N©! license


Anarchism Portal ·

Activities by CrimethInc. cells have included publishing radical literature and music, while less-public splinter groups have carried out 2004 re-election campaign.[12][13] These activities have earned the collective irregular attention from the mainstream news media.[14] In 2010, several CrimethInc. cells worked in collaboration with other anti-capitalists and anarchists to launch international Steal Something From Work Day, which coincides with the United States Tax Day.

Publications

The creation of propaganda has been described as the collectives' core function.[15] Among their best-known publications are the books Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs. In 2005, they began publishing a half-gloss journal, Rolling Thunder, with the byline "An Anarchist Journal of Dangerous Living", which released its eighth issue in 2009. CrimethInc. texts have received wide coverage in the anarchist media and in academic publications,[17][18] and have been used as reading materials for university courses on anarchism.[19]

In 2011 numerous publications were released, including Jesus Sepulveda's The Garden of Peculiarities, from its South African based cell. These publications formed part of a project entitled the Missing Shelf, in which otherwise regular book stores were able to stock DIY produced radical literature.

Convergences

Convergence locations

Since the summer of 2002, CrimethInc. has hosted annual conventions, termed "convergences", open to anyone. Typically featuring the performances of traveling theatrical troupes, musicians, direct-action and mutual-aid workshops from individual participants, the few-days-long camping trips have attracted coverage in newspaper articles,[20] initiated multiple Reclaim the Streets actions, mobilized large Critical Mass events, and catalyzed many other activities.[21]

The 2007 convergence in Athens, Ohio saw an impromptu street party which resulted in arrests on minor charges.[20] The Athens News characterized the convergence as "a sort of networking, resume-swapping opportunity for would-be radicals, free-thinkers, Levellers, Diggers, Neo-Luddites and other assorted malcontents."[22] It is typical of these gatherings to demand that all attendees have something to contribute to the momentum: whether it is bringing food or equipment to share, leading a discussion group, or providing materials with which to write to political prisoners. There has been a pattern of promoting convergences as festivals, reminiscent of barnstorming flying circuses and travelling sideshows.[21]

Harper's journalist Matthew Power described the 2006 convergence in Winona, Minnesota as follows:

Several hundred young anarchists from around the country had train-hopped and hitchhiked there to attend the annual event known as the CrimethInc Convergence...Grimy and feral-looking, the CrimethInc kids squatted in small groups around a clearing....[they] were in the middle of several days of self-organized workshops, seminars, and discussions, ranging from the mutualist banking theories of the nineteenth-century anarchist philosopher Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, to an introductory practicum on lock-picking, to a class on making one's own menstrual pads....CrimethInc's adherents had come together there because they wanted to live their lives as some sort of solution. They saw 'the revolution' not as a final product but as an ongoing process; they wanted not just to destroy the capitalist system but to create something livable in its place.[15]
— Matthew Power, Harper's Magazine, March 2008

These convergences have been hosted by different groups within the collective each time, typically based on the initiative of local enthusiasts. Every year a different set of policy requests is released from locals in the field, typically encouraging a sober, consensus-based space in which no financial transactions are made. The one firm rule has been "No police informants," a regulation which has been ignored by the FBI. Information gathered by FBI informants at CrimethInc. convergences (in 2004, 2005, and 2008) contributed to the convictions of Eric McDavid and his associates, as well as 2008 Republican National Convention protester Matthew DePalma.[23][24][25]

In 2010, CrimethInc. announced the We Are Everywhere campaign of national tours and events in lieu of the traditional convergence.[26] In 2015, CrimethInc. embarked on the similar To Change Everything two month tour of the United States .[27][28]

Philosophy

"Eclipse the past" inside front cover image from CrimethInc.'s Days of War, Nights of Love (2001). A philosophical theme of CrimethInc.'s writings is the rejection of the "exclusive, anti-subjective" nature of history, and the need to take active control of one's own life.
Crimethought is not any ideology or value system or lifestyle, but rather a way of challenging all ideologies and value systems and lifestyles—and, for the advanced agent, a way of making all ideologies, value systems, and lifestyles challenging.
— Crimethinc.com[29]

CrimethInc as a loose association represents a variety of political views; the CrimethInc. FAQ asserts that it has "no platform or ideology except that which could be generalized from the similarities between the beliefs and goals of the individuals who choose to be involved—and that is constantly in flux."[4] "CrimethInc." is an anonymous tag, a means of constructing dynamic networks of support and communication within the anarchist movement, and as such anyone can publish under the name or create a poster using the logo; each agent or group of agents operate autonomously.[30] As well as the traditional anarchist opposition to the state and capitalism, agents have, at times, advocated a straight edge lifestyle, the total supersession of gender roles,[18] violent insurrection against the state,[31] and the refusal of work.[32]

CrimethInc. is influenced by the plagiarism.[37]

The active participants of CrimethInc. characterize it as a Nineteen Eighty-Four.[4]

Reception amongst radicals

"Usurp the future" inside back cover image from Days of War, Nights of Love featuring the anarchist symbolism of the black flag.

Since its inception in the mid-1990s, CrimethInc.'s activities and in particular its philosophy have proved controversial among anarchists.[5] Anarchist anthropologist [41]

The collective's perceived focus on the "terminal boredom of consumer culture" at the expense of the real world condition of the lifestylists".[43]

CrimethInc begins with the brand name, and ends with the relentless merchandizing of "radical" products on their website. In between there is...an individualist, selfish, and inchoate rebel ideology that eschews work, political organizing, and class struggle. In a world at war and facing terminal crisis, CrimethInc's transcendental philosophy and ahistorical lightness is a form of intellectual masturbation. Like rootless ex-pats unconnected to the daily life around them, CrimethInc's lifestylism is a form of self-imposed exile within their own society.
— Ryan, Ramor, "Days of Crime, Nights of Horror", Perspectives on Anarchist Theory (2004)[44]

Red Emma's infoshop has claimed that regardless of the group's politics, "you have to give them credit for helping revitalizing two very vital traditions of radical writing: on the one hand, they've kicked out enough all-encompassing, no-holds-barred, just barely still prose polemical manifestos to make Guy Debord proud, on the other hand, they've also produced some stunning personal narratives of living free in the boxcars and margins of late capitalism."[45]

See also

Footnotes and references

  1. ^ "CrimethInc. Ex-Workers' Collective : Home". Crimethinc.com. Archived from the original on February 11, 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  2. ^ The CrimethInc Ex-Workers Ex-Collective Revolutionary Task Force on Terrorism. "After the Fall: Analysis of the Events of September 11th 2001". Crimethinc.com. Archived from the original on February 11, 2009. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  3. ^
    •  
    • Thompson, Stacy (October 2004). "Crass Commodities". Popular Music & Society 27 (3): 307–322(16).  
    • Ludwig, Mike (2007-07-30). "Melee breaks out uptown at end of anarchist confab". The Athens News. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Frequently Asked Questions". Crimethinc.com. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  5. ^ a b Thompson, Stacy (2004). Punk Productions: Unfinished Business. Albany: SUNY Press. p. 109.  
  6. ^ a b Brandt, Jed. "Crimethinc: In Love With Love Itself".  
  7. ^ Patterson, Jesse (2002-10-08). "Punk show rocks Student Union". The Daily Campus. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  8. ^ Raihala, Ross (2002-12-12). "The heArt and Film Festival".  
  9. ^ Days of War, Nights of Love (2001) , Crimethinc.Workers Collective, p. 221 ISBN 0-9709101-0-X
  10. ^ Andersen, Mark (2004). All the Power : Revolution Without Illusion. Punk Planet Books.  
  11. ^ "3 plead guilty in attempts at arson".  
  12. ^ Schachtman, Noah (2004-08-17). "Hackers Take Aim at GOP".  
  13. ^ Deagon, Brian (2004-10-22). "GOP Sites Hit By Denial Of Service Attack; Hard To Tell Who Culprits Are". Investor's Business Daily. 
  14. ^
    • Whitehead, Chris (2007-04-13). "How do you say 'dese, dem, dose' in Chinese?; The Mayor's Office of".  
    • Childress, Sarah (August 2004). Hacktivists' Log On"'".  
    • Sege, Irene (2008-03-10). "Pay phones may appear to be gathering dust, but some still use them".  
  15. ^ a b Power, Matthew (March 2008). "Mississippi Drift" (PDF).  
  16. ^ pfm (2008-05-28). "Fourth FFOL Printing Hits the Streets". CrimethInc. Far East Blog. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  17. ^
    • Clark, Dylan (2004). "The Raw and the Rotten: Punk Cuisine". Ethnology 43. 
    • Doy, Gen (2004). Picturing the Self. London: I. B. Tauris.  
    • Edwards, Ferne; Mercer, David (November 2007). "Gleaning from Gluttony: an Australian youth subculture confronts the ethics of waste". Australian Geographer ( 
    • Dunne, Stephen; Karamali, Eleni; Shukaitis, Stevphen (2005). "Inscribing Organized Resistance". Ephemera 5 (4): 562–567.  
  18. ^ a b Nicholas, Lucy (Spring 2007). "Approaches to Gender, Power and Authority in Contemporary Anarcho-punk: Poststructuralist Anarchism?" (PDF). ESharp (9).  
  19. ^ Conger, Chloe (2002-04-29). "Student leads course on anarchy".  
  20. ^ a b Goussetis, Elizabeth (2007-07-31). "Anarchist answers to riot charge". Athens Messenger. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  21. ^ a b "Athens, Ohio: Police attack Crimethinc conference". Infoshop News.  
  22. ^ Phillips, Jim (2007-09-04). "Good going; you left town for the summer and missed everything". The Athens News. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  23. ^ http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/41070787.html?elr=KArks:DCiUtEia_nDaycUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU
  24. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/Conventions/story?id=5718900&page=1
  25. ^ "Confidential Source "Anna"-issued affidavit" (PDF). United States District Court Eastern District of California. Archived from the original ( 
  26. ^ http://www.crimethinc.com/blog/2010/06/03/august-2010-we-are-everywhere/
  27. ^ "To Change Everything US Tour". CrimeThInc. Ex-Workers Collective. 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  28. ^ "Anarchists come to the Pendleton arts centre". East Oregonian. 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  29. ^ "All Traveler Kids Purged From CrimethInc. Membership". Crimethinc.com. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  30. ^ Sims, Francwa (2006). The Anacostia Diaries as It Is.  
  31. ^ "Let Me Light My Cigarette on Your Burning Blockade". Crimethinc.com. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  32. ^ D., Brian. "How I Spent My Permanent Vacation". Crimethinc.com. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  33. ^ Lang, Daniel (May 2007). Give Us the Dumpsters -Or- Give Us Life": Res Derilictae and the Trash of Free Trade""". Cultural Recycling ( 
  34. ^ Puchner, Martin (2005). Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos and the Avant-Gardes. Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford. 320pp., ISBN 978-0-691-12260-1.
  35. ^  
  36. ^ Days of War, Nights of Love (2001) , ISBN 0-9709101-0-X, p. 111–114
  37. ^ MacDonald Ross, George (2004-05-10). "Plagiarism really is a crime:a counterblast against anarchists and postmodernists (and others)" (PDF). Plagiarism: Prevention, Practice and Policies 2004 Conference. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  38. ^ Summerisle (2005). Times of Hate, Times of Joy, Lost Highway, Volume 1. Morrisville, NC: Lulu.  
  39. ^ "About CWC: Index". Crimethinc.com. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  40. ^  
  41. ^ Munson, Chuck, " New CrimethInc sequel to Days of War due out soon", 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  42. ^ Lee, Butch (2002-11-07). "Would You Shoplift Days of War, Nights of Love?". Kersplebedeb.com. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  43. ^ Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness" - washing... and brainwashing — CrimethInc. | libcom.org""".  
  44. ^ Ryan, Ramor (2004) Days of Crime, Nights of Horror, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory. Retrieved 2008-02-22.
  45. ^ "Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse : Expect Resistance: A Crimethinc Field Manual".  

External links

Cells

  • CrimethInc.com—maintained by the Crimethinc. Far East cell
  • CrimethInc. Great Lakes
  • CrimethInc. West Coast
  • CrimethInc. International
  • IdeozloCin—based in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Guerrilla Latina CrimethInc.
  • Crimethinc in Spanish

Other

  • "Rethinking CrimethInc."—pseudonymous critical consideration published by Anarkismo.net
  • Interview with self-identified CrimethInc. operative by Erika Ransom of the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair
  • French translations of some of CrimethInc's writings on Bloom02
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