April 04, 2006

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Fighting For Our Lives
This free paper discusses, in simple language, what is anarchist in everyday life, and how those spheres of cooperation can be expanded. It addresses common questions that often deter people from exploring anarchist ideas and approaches, and endeavors to help introduce new terms and possibilities into the public consciousness—as well as to celebrate the times when we’ve realized those possibilities, for those who have been consciously participating in the anarchist project for years or decades already.

Mass-produced material like this is no substitute for individual expression, decentralized activity, or cultivating community, but it can be used to initiate and encourage those beautiful things. We’re not trying to speak for everyone, but to make it clear that everyone can speak; we’re not trying to define anarchy for everyone, but to undermine misunderstandings so everyone can begin that conversation afresh.

To make this experiment work, of course, we need your participation. Please do order a crate of these for your town, and put copies at every record store, farmers’ market, bookshop, and high school! Take them on tour with your band, and leave them at gas stations as well as punkhouses; put them out in the employee restroom, or at art openings, or in public parks. We can pull out all the stops in spreading this paper—it deals with universal themes, the tone and aesthetic are not subculture-specific, and heaven knows there are enough of them.

The fact that we’ve been able to build up such an extensive and effective network for the free circulation of material like this is itself a testament to how well anarchy works, even in times of capitalist occupation. With this project, we hope to help expand that network, and the recognition of its value, a little deeper into surrounding society.

As always—especially since over the past year we’ve almost ceased releasing new commodities that make profit, in order to focus on free and break-even material—we rely on donations, benefit shows, and other kinds of assistance from you to make this possible, so do help out as much as you’re able.

An online version of the paper is available here, although—with the exception of those living outside the United States—having the mass-produced copies shipped to you will probably be more resource-efficient than printing out your own.
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