Recent Books

  • May The Wind Get Off My Back: Short Stories by Kevin Riordan

    Price: $14.95

    “Kevin Riordan reminds me a lot of Thomas Pynchon with his
    high-voltage word-play and post-hip sensibility. But he’s got a
    sharp, sarcastic edge that is pure Chicago, more Algren than
    New Age. And like Algren, Riordan has a fine eye for the wacky
    in human nature, and an affinity for what is gut-wrenching funny
    about so-called ordinary people. Open your Blatz beer, light up
    your doobie, and prepare for a hilarious blast of Chi-Town
    nostalgia.” — Gerald Nicosia, author of Memory Babe: A Critical
    Biography of Jack Kerouac

    118 pages, 6×9 inch trim, paperbound,$14.95

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  • What Do We Need Bosses For? Toward Economic Democracy, by Pete Dolack

    Price: $24.95

    Incessant propaganda endlessly blares “there is no alternative” to capitalism. But there is always an alternative. Humanity need not be condemned to sit by helplessly as an uncontrollable economic and political system spanning the world brings us devastating inequality, precarious jobs, life-threatening environmental destruction and global war. What Do We Need Bosses For? Toward Economic Democracy analyzes past and present efforts to establish systems of economic democracy on a national or society-wide basis, dissecting the mounting inequalities of capitalism and theorizing how we might organize a better world. Workers everywhere have repeatedly sought to create that better world, organizing to reverse their subordinate positions under cap-italism and to take charge of their working lives and their workplaces through egalitarian movements that sought to build economies for everybody rather than for a minuscule capitalist elite. Political de-mocracy is impossible without economic democracy. Economic democracy, in turn, is impossible under capitalism. As ever more people realize the present world system offers them nothing but more hard-ship,...

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  • Protocols for Postcapitalist Expression, by Dick Bryan, Jorge Lopez and Aksell Virtanen

    Price: $23.00

    Protocols for Postcapitalist Economic Expression. Agency, Finance and Sociality in the New Economic Space
    Dick Bryan, Jorge Lopez and Akseli Virtanen

    What would an Internet native economic system look like? Could economic power be systematically shared amongst individuals and their self-defined groups, with no central economic authority? And could that system secure collectively defined social and environmental benefits and create liquidity for their production?

    In Protocols for Postcapitalist Economic Expression Bryan, Lopez and Virtanen build the conditions for such a system. Where economic processes are not dictated by profit, what counts as value-creation, and is rewarded by dividends, can be collectively determined by the network. Care, the arts, the environment will not be after-thoughts, to be subsidized by states or the rich: they can be at the core of the economy’s value proposition.

    This book develops protocols that can generate all these processes. A blend of theoretical engagement with big economic ideas (Marx,...

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  • SDS: Students For A Democratic Society, by Kirkpatrick Sale

    Price: $29.95

    SDS, or Students for a Democratic Society, was one of the largest national student activist organizations of the 1960s, with over 300 college campus chapters by 1965. This influential New Left group was founded in 1960 as a student offshoot of the socialist League for Industrial Democracy (LID). With the publication in 1962 of their manifesto, The Port Huron Statement, SDS outlined their belief in participatory democracy and their goal to fight social injustices through non-violent means. Initially the group focused on promoting citizen engagement with politics and the civil rights movement, but pivoted to anti-war demonstrations and protests of the Vietnam War and the draft, and then to anti-communist, anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian struggles more generally. While SDS ultimately splintered and disbanded in 1969, in more recent years younger students have struggled to revive it.

    “Sale’s objective and detailed treatment of this period… gives the best overall sense of what was transpiring.” — Abbie Hoffman

    “This big, painstakingly researched history… easily qualifies as the definitive work.” — New York Times

    “Written just years after the collapse of the organization, and with access to their extensive archives…. Full of first-hand accounts organized chronologically through the organization’s ten-year history… an essential source for research.”—

    “Sale gives us…a history of tactics more and more radical followed by repression more and more severe.” — Journal of Contemporary Sociology

    With the author’s new contextual preface, 50 years after original publication.

  • Clearly Kabouter: Chronicle of a Radical Dutch Movement, 1969-1974, by Coen Tasman

    Price: $24.95

    “With Coen Tasman’s Clearly Kabouter: Chronicle of the Dutch Counterculture, Autonomedia adds yet another valuable publication to its series on the history of Holland’s radical ‘mythical’ era (between 1965 and 1974). From the Provo Movement and the artists and freethinkers who launched the Assault on the Impossible, we turn here to the countercultural Kabouter Movement. Coen Tasman offers us an authentic account of the collective effort to create a greener car-free city center, shops with pesticide-free food, resistance to the developer-generated housing shortage, and many other innovative ideas that came to public attention in exuberantly playful ways, both within and outside the City Council. The Kabouter Movement’s legacy remains highly relevant today.” — Annemarie de Wildt, curator, The Amsterdam Museum

    “The essential sourcebook for all Kabouterphiles past, present and future, finally translated into English by Jordan Zinovich!” — Ron Sakolsky, author, Dreams of Anarchy and the Anarchy of Dreams: Adventures at the Crossroads of Anarchy & Surrealism

    “Coen Tasman gives us a first-hand account of a unique and daring attempt to create a joyful society. The Kabouter Movement mushroomed half a century ago in the Netherlands and its spores are now more pertinent than ever.” — Hans Plomp, founding squatter of Amsterdam’s Ruigoord Cultural Free Port

    “As a cultural critic of sorts, I find that my writings often concentrate almost exclusively on negative critique. Not so for this exploration of the Kabouter Movement! Coen Tasman’s Clearly Kabouter documents gnomish dances in hallowed Amsterdam streets. In response to the old Cherneschevskian question (What Is To Be Done?), it guides us to the mycelium that will power future clashes with Miserabilism. Break out the nose flutes. All Power to the Nature Spirits of the True Revolution!” — Hakim Bey, author, TAZ

  • Ten Little Anarchists, A Novel, by Daniel de Roulet

    Price: $14.95

    Switzerland, in the late 19th century. In the village of Saint-Imier, residents live between misery and exploitation, between ancient stables and a watch industry still in its infancy. Then a visit from Mikhail Bakunin, full of the ardor of the recent Paris Commune, awakens the idea that another life is possible. Ten young women make the crazy bet to build, on the other side of the world, a community where “pure anarchy” would reign. Valentine, the last survivor of the “ten little anarchists,” narrates for us the story of this utopia, in action which takes them from Switzerland to Patagonia to Buenos Aires, via the island of Robinson Crusoe.

    Based on actual historical events, this is the extraordinary epic of women united by a fierce love of freedom, who chose to “rejoice in the unexpected without losing the strength to rebel.”