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DAYS OF WAR NIGHTS OF LOVE
Hard to know what to make of this one. On first
reading , I found it really inspiring, full of energy and positive
input .After a bit more exposure to Crimethink stuff in general,
however, and the shallowness of a lot of the thinking becomes apparent.
The 'seize-the-day' artiness of it all lacks a
serious understanding of what it will take to overthrow capitalism.
Their lives of squatting and stealing/skipping food depends
on the excess of capitalism in order to exist . The emphasis
on spontaneity ignores the realities of organising a functioning
post-capitalist society. Crimethink may feel this all sounds rather
boring, or maybe the result of conditioning. Or maybe I'm getting
old(er). But after the orgasm of revolution comes the boring bits,
the bits that make revolution work, and Crimethink tend not to factor
All that said, Crimethink are an exciting bridge to
libertarian thought for those otherwise uninterested, and seem prolific
in their reach and output. Much of their analysis is spot-on. The section
about how we in the privileged West can play an important
role as saboteurs against the corporate machine is insightful stuff
.It's refreshing to hear of an emphasis on first person politics
and militant battle against the corporate hub in what Crimethink
call the "host nations".
Here's Crimethink on shoplifting
"The shoplifter makes do with an environment
that has been conquered by capitalism and industry....she takes
her life into her own hands by applying an ancient method to the
problem of modern survival - she lives by urban hunting and gathering.
In this way she is able to live much as her distant ancestors
did before the world was conquered by technology and