The Failure of Nonviolence by Peter Gelderloos
In the years since the end of the Cold War many new social movements have started peacefully, only to adopt
a diversity of tactics as they grew in strength and collective experiences. The last ten years have revealed
more clearly than ever the role of nonviolence. Propped up by the media, funded by the government, and
managed by NGOs, nonviolent campaigns around the world have helped oppressive regimes change their masks,
and have helped police to limit the growth of rebellious social movements. Repeatedly losing the debate
within the movements themselves, proponents of nonviolence have increasingly turned to the mainstream media
and to government and institutional funding to drown out critical voices.
The Failure of Nonviolence examines most of the major social upheavals following the Cold War to reveal the
limits of nonviolence and uncover what a diverse, unruly, non-pacified movement can accomplish. Critical of
how a diversity of tactics has functioned so far, this book discusses how movements for social change can
win ground and open the spaces necessary to plant the seeds of a new world.
Learning From Ferguson
The question of self-defense against the police is one that we are not allowed to consider, yet it is the
only one that makes sense. The police do not exist to protect society from generalized cannibalism and
mayhem, as in some paranoid Batman fantasy. They exist to protect the haves from the have-nots, to maintain
the State’s monopoly on violence, and to make up for our atrophied capacity for conflict resolution, another
of the many prerogatives the State has stolen from us...
Letters of Insurgents by Fredy Perlman
Originally printed by Black and Red Books in 1976, Fredy Perlman's classic epistolary novel Letters of
Insurgents has been unfortunately out of print for several years. However, Left Bank Books is very proud to
bring this book back, with a new foreword written by Aragorn!
"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. Yarostan lives in a "workers' republic"; Sophia in a "Western democracy."
They both make efforts to lead meaningful lives. Along the way, they encounter bureaucrats, idealists,
racists, flaunters of social convention, labor militants, professors, jailors, hucksters and more. In
important respects, Sophia's biography parallels that of Fredy Perlman."
The Ring of Fire Anthology by ET Russian
The Ring of Fire Anthology is a collection of the zine from the late 1990s by ET Russian (aka Hellery
Homosex), and features new material never before published. Ring of Fire is honest, engaging, and ahead of
Through black and white ink drawings, comics, linoleum block print portraits, essays, interviews and erotica,
this collection explores the intersections of art, bodies, healthcare, ability, gender, race, community,
class, healing and the politics of work.
Alternately emotional and erotic, funny and political, Ring of Fire tells the author’s personal story, and
captures the work and words of various artists and leaders from disability culture and history. A young
activist steeped in the cultures of queer and punk, Russian embraced a cultural identity of disability while
writing Ring of Fire. Years later, Russian examines what it means to work in healthcare in the United
This is a BIG book, at 8'x10' and 237 pages!!!
"Ring of Fire is one of the zines that had the most significant impact on my thinking--it totally blew my
mind when I encountered it in 2000. I am thrilled to see gripping material from RoF combined with
insightful, transformative new writing and images about disability justice, health care, art and activism
being distributed as a book. A whole new generation of activists will now get to use these materials to
reexamine their communities and transform the world. ET Russian's clarity, honesty and insight is a
phenomenal contribution to today's activists building disability justice tools and frameworks in multiple
movements and communities." --Dean Spade, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans
Politics, and the Limits of Law
"The Ring of Fire Anthology is beautiful, sexy, and thought provoking all at the same time. If ever you've
needed stories, art, poetry, and bad-ass rabble-rousing that connect disability and queerness, sexiness and
radical anti-capitalist politics, look no further. ET Russian's vivid work lives and breathes these
connections." --Eli Clare, author of Exile and Pride
Origins of the 1% (the Bronze Age) by John Zerzan
A brand new essay by John Zerzan investigating the historical arc of patterns of domination and oppression
that arose thousands of years ago and are strikingly similar to the world we currently live in. "For the
past 1000 years in the Western world, history has been divided into modern and pre-modern...the Bronze Age
is certainly buried in the pre-modern. But as we think our present-day, modern thoughts, how different are
they, really, from those thoughts in the first, Bronze Age civilizations? Wasthat not the origin of the
ntion, so basically corrosive to autonomy and freedom, that inequality and hierarchy are normal conditions
and that misfortune is not a social evil, but an individual's just desserts?"
The Kronstadt Uprising of 1921 by Lynne Thorndycraft
Originally written in 1975 by one of Left Bank's founding members, this pamphlet was the first piece of work
that Left Bank published. At the time, there were few accounts of the Kronstadt rebellion written by
anti-authoritarians. Left Bank Books has decided to republish this pamphlet in an attempt to preserve the
history of the uprising, as well as the history of the LBB publishing project. This edition has beautiful
letter-press covers and a clean and concise layout.
Seattle General Strike
An account of the Seattle General Strike of 1919.
Originally published by the Seattle Union Record in 1919, reprinted by Root & Branch in 1972, and by Left
Bank Books and Charlatan Stew in 2009. This edition published by Left Bank Books and Charlatan Stew, 2012.
More Noise, Please! by Steven Jesse Bernstein
A collection of Bernstein's writings, drawings and photos of him published four years after his death.
If I Wasn't Alexander I Would Like To Be Diogenes
The ARM Statement
Left Bank Books pamphlet #2, Draft Theses For Principles of Unity of the Anti-Authoritarian
Movement, published in 1975 and revised in 1977.
4Play: Left Bank Books Newsletter #1
This is the first newsletter than Left Bank Books formally published. It contains essays, book reviews, and
some news items, put out circa 1981.